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DEMU 'Thumper' Driver Experience

Drive a Thumper - returning in July 2022!

The unique 1317 is available for you to drive!

Operating over the line even on the final day of operation in 1985, driving 1317 is certainly an experience to remember and you will be making history driving this unit on a line that it was built to operate on!

For just £200 you will be given the opportunity to drive our popular DEMU for a total of 8 miles from Tunbridge Wells West to Birchden Junction and return. The experience will last approximately 1hr as you drive the loco, affectionately known as a 'Thumper' to Eridge and return through the glorious High Weald countryside. 

DEMU Driver Experience does allow for up to three guests to travel on the train too! 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the experience starting!

Includes:

Please note the following/terms and conditions applicable to ALL Driver Experiences:

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Sat 02 Jul 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
Sun 03 Jul 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
Sat 09 Jul 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

Sun 10 Jul 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
Sat 06 Aug 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
Sun 07 Aug 2022
10:00 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
11:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
13:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
14:35 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West
16:05 departing from: Tunbridge Wells West

Booking information

You MUST have your e-ticket with you on the day to show the locomotive crew either printed or on a mobile device, you must also adhere to our terms & conditions and wear the correct clothing/boots for the experience. 

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations.

For our full refund, cancellations and alterations please see here.

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