Narrow Gauge Locomotive Experience Days

Driver Experience Package - £550

Resuming in 2022

Our Experience Days represent excellent value for money and a great day out for anyone who’s ever fancied being an engine driver for the day.

Please note: Due to the confined space on the footplates of our locomotives we are unable to run our Driver Experience Days until Covid-19 Social Distancing measures are relaxed. If you wish to express an interest in attending one of these events in the future please fill out the contact form (link below) and we will be back in touch once we have been able to make some dates available.

Come along for a full day’s footplate experience including:

  1. Preparation of the locomotive of your choice from our fleet (subject to availability)
  2. Expert and friendly tuition on how to fire and drive the engine
  3. Two full return trips, totaling 18 miles, driving your engine along the Bala Lake Railway
  4. Bring up to three guests for a ride on your train
  5. Morning tea or coffee for you and your guests
  6. Lunch for you and your guests
  7. Afternoon tea for you and your guests
  8. A certificate to commemorate your day with us
  9. One years membership of the Bala Lake Railway Society

Your day starts at 9.00am where an experienced Bala Lake Railway driver will meet and greet you and give you a safety briefing. You can help with preparing the loco of your choice and helping raise steam as well as the all-important polishing of brasses.

Once steam is raised you will take the controls of one of our famous locomotives for 2 trips from Llanuwchllyn to Bala and return.


Every experience is unique to you.

They make a great present for a family member or loved one or you can just indulge yourself. We can accommodate up to 3 guests with each guest driver.


Dates for 2020 (2021 dates will be available here when/if we are able to operate these events this year)

March 30
April 3, 20, 24, 27
May 1, 11, 15, 18
June 5, 19, 22
September 21, 25, 28 
October 2, 5

Note: Dates highlighted in RED are already booked

Additionally, we may be able to offer other dates in March and November please contact us to enquire

Driver Experience days are not normally available at weekends


Pre-booking is essential

Click here or call us on 01678 540666 to register for a Locomotive Experience Day