Footplate Experience

We have currently frozen footplate sales to allow us to catch up with those waiting to complete their experience

Did you ever dream of driving a full sized steam locomotive, or do you know someone whose ambition has always been to be at the controls of a steam locomotive? If so, then a Footplate Experience Day at the Midland Railway – Butterley is just what you have been looking for.

What’s Involved

From March to October, the Midland Railway-Butterley holds a series of courses, where a maximum of 6 participants can learn how to operate and control a steam locomotive. As well as helping to prepare the locomotive, there is also the opportunity to crew the locomotive on our ‘main line’. Also included is a guided tour around our impressive  unique museum collection. Lunch will be provided and participants receive complimentary membership of the Midland Railway Trust for a full year.

The courses are operated in accordance with guidelines laid down by The Office of Road and Rail and participants must be over 18 years of age, as well as being moderately fit to be able to take part. An information pack is available from Butterley Station, you can download an application form or use the contact form.

Please contact us for the latest information.

Family & Friends

Family and friends of participants are made most welcome and can photograph or video the days proceedings and join the participants for their meals. We ask that they follow the instructions of our staff at all times to ensure safety.

The railway also has a country park that family and friends can enjoy and the area boasts some marvellous scenery as well as a number of factory shops and attractions. We are only a few minutes by car from the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre.

The Ideal Gift

Our footplate and railway experience courses make a superb birthday or Christmas gift and we provide a gift voucher that can be handed to the participant on their special day.  The participant can then book a date to suit themselves.


Please be aware that In the unfortunate event of a participant having to cancel the confirmed date within 21 days of that date, then regretfully, we shall require a £25 re-booking fee from the participant. We feel sure you will agree that this fee goes a very small way to recover the operating costs of the original date, being a very special day, restricted to just six participants. Should a participant have to cancel the date within 48 hours of the confirmed date, then regretfully the date will have to be forfeited.

Group Experiences

The Midland Railway – Butterley can operate its footplate experience packages for group bookings and corporate entertainment with special days booked purely for these groups.

Contact Us for more information.