NEXT ON: WILL RETURN IN 2016
Drive a Train is a designed as an attraction for children at family events on the Great Central Railway and always makes a day out more memorable. It allows a rare opportunity for young (and young at heart!) to drive one of the CFR's G scale trains. Its also a way into the hobby, if your a g scale yourself, you will know that once you've got the bug, it hard to get rid of!!
Mid 2011 the CFR updated its drive a train system from driving Playmobil trains to G scale Thomas, Percy and James plus some of there friends! For just £2 you can drive Thomas, Percy or James with a set of coaches or wagons on selected days (The next time we are running this event is normally listed in red at the top of this page). We aim to run two trains on drive a trains from 10am until 4pm however sometimes this is not possible due to a loco failure or volunteer shortage. On busy event days we kindly ask for you patience as we are all volunteers working as fast as we can to ensure you have an enjoyable day!
When you buy your ticket, say which engine you want to drive, Thomas will be blue tickets, Percy will be green tickets and James will be red tickets. Buy your tickets from St. Bernard's cabin then wait for your turn to drive. Children no longer come inside the layout to drive the trains but instead now drive the trains from outside the layout from the Radio Control. This decision was taken as children were running up and down damaging parts of the railway and most importantly, falling on the steps and hurting themselves.
We hope parents respect this decision.
How do I know what days you run Drive a Train?
To find out if we are running the Drive a Train on that day. You can ask a member of the CFR team on the day or if you are planning to come down, take a look at the 'Running this weekend...' part of the sidebar. If underneath the day it says ' DAT ' this mean that we ARE running drive a train.
NEW FOR 2014 - TOBY HAS JOINED THOMAS, PERCY, JAMES AND EMILY FOR YOU TO DRIVE!! LOOK OUT FOR HIM ON FAMILY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!!!
Children must be over the age of 4 for this experience
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