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Experience the challenges that Drivers and Firemen of steam locomotives face as they travel the 21 mile trip from Tenterden to Bodiam and return. The K&ESR has one of the steepest gradients of any heritage line so you'll see just how the crew and locomotive have to work together to haul the train up the hill into Tenterden Town station.

You'll be accompanied at all times by one our footplate crew who will brief you about the experience and will explain the roles of being a driver and fireman, operation of the locomotive and details of the railway during the trip.

Want to experience hands-on driving?

Add the VIP Footplate Taster Upgrade and you can take part in the preparation of the locomotive for service at the depot, followed by your chance to DRIVE!

You'll experience the thrill of your hand on the regulator as you take the loco on a 'light engine' trip from the depot to Wittersham Road Station and then on up the famous steep gradient into Tenterden Town. After a bacon roll with the crew in the staff messroom, you'll enjoy the whole line 21 mile Footplate Taster experience above. Well worth the upgrade!

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Footplate Taster
21 miles on the footplate!
11:45 - 13:40£150.00
VIP Footplate Taster Upgrade
Upgrade your Footplate Taster to a driving experience!
08:30 - 13:40£100.00