Mid Hants Railway Steam Engine Experience Alresford Hampshire
Nothing beats the sound, smell and power of a steam locomotive in full cry. Drive a steam engine on one of the country's most steeply graded lines at Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ and find out exactly what these beauties were built for. Begin with a cup of tea followed by a safety briefing. Then, climb up onto the footplate to fire and drive one of the larger locomotives over a breath-taking 20 miles of railway through the Hampshire countryside. Haul a full train of carriages for the entire length of the line, enjoying 10 miles as driver and 10 miles as fireman. Tuck into a tasty lunch. This is the ultimate footplate experience for steam train enthusiasts. Bring along three guests, to travel in a carriage free of charge and share the ride. This exciting train driving experience is a unique way to see Hampshire's beautiful countryside.
- Take turns driving and firing a magnificent steam locomotive
- A 20-mile journey through the stunning Hampshire countryside
- Enjoy a tasty lunch during the ride
- Bring along up to three guests to ride in the carriages
- Availability Description
At least one Friday per month throughout the year. Please book at least three months in advance for this popular experience.
- Participant Guidelines
Minimum age is 18. No experience is necessary but participants must be fit enough to climb up to the footplate from ground level. Mobility needs must be stated when booking.
The weather should not affect this experience but if conditions are extreme, please contact the station before leaving home.
Lasts for around seven hours, from Alresford station at 9am.
- Numbers on the Day
Share the experience with one other keen footplate rider (take turns at being passenger and firer during the day), plus an experienced crew.
- Dress Code
Stout footwear and a cotton overall or boilersuit must be worn. Trainers are not acceptable. Dress comfortably in clothing that fully covers the arms and legs.
- Other Info
Each participant receives a voucher for one day train travel over the whole Mid Hants Railway (valid for 12 months). There will be no Watercress Line trains operating to or from Alton station until the end of July 2019 due to work being carried out as part of a large highway improvement scheme. There will still be trains running to and from Alresford, Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks.