Have you always dreamed of driving a real live train and feel the power of a steam locomotive in your own hands and experience the wonder of the steam era?
The Steam Train Driver Course is for those who enjoy the sights and sounds of steam locomotives. You need no previous railway knowledge or experience - you will learn the basics of driving a train. You can bring your partner and family on your very own train as well and they can share in the fun. You can experience the thrill of driving a steam locomotive or a single diesel electric locomotive.
So what's involved in the Train Driver course? The course day starts at 8.30am at Queenscliff Railway Station. Your experienced instructor driver will then take you through the theory of the locomotive and you will assist with its preparation, before taking the controls for a light engine run around the picturesque Swan Bay. On your return you will water the locomotive and then couple up to your train. Your friends and family are welcome to ride in the carriage.
After lunch the real fun begins with the train drive for the entire 32 km return trip to Drysdale. Along the way there is the opportunity stop and allow video and lots of photos at different places on our scenic railway line to be taken. Upon return to Queenscliffe you will shunt the train again and make up the carriages for the next day’s service under the watchful eye of your instructor.
Once this has been completed we will 'put the engine to bed' and you will be rewarded with a Certificate of Achievement. You'll be tired, dirty and above all very satisfied with your day as a steam train driver.
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This activity was a lot of fun. The staff at the Bellarine Railway knew their stuff and made sure you were immersed in the experience to a level you were comfortable with. The staff made sure that you enjoyed yourself.
As a child I always wanted to drive a steam train. Sixty years later I did it! Hats off to the volunteers and staff of the Bellarine Railway for their dedication to preserving these magnificent machines in working condition and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I had a great day and would thoroughly recommend this activity for anyone with an interest in railways.
The day was fantistic and far exceeded mu expectations, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Highly recommended for train enthusiasts.
Had the very best day. The whole experience exceeded my expectations and was absolutely perfect. Russell and his team could not have been more obliging and made our whole families day.
Definitely an adventure of a lifetime. The whole family enjoyed the day out and of course the birthday boy thought it was a fantastic experience. Thanks Adrenalin!
Please note the Driver for a Day is for 1 Driver each time. Immediate family are welcome to join you at no extra charge for the experience, and will be seated in the carriages where possible. A small charge of $6 per person will be made for any other guests outside of immediate family.
The Driver Experience Course can be enjoyed on any day when there not running passenger services except during the busy summer season from Boxing Day to Australia Day. Maintenance requirements may also determine which steam locomotive is available for use on your course.