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Drive a Class 50

50035 Working the 1045 Kidderminster - Arley local at Tenbury Wall during the Autumn Diese

If you have always wanted to drive a Class 50, we can make your dream come true! The Fifty Fund in association with the Severn Valley Railway, run footplate experience courses on selected dates throughout the year. If you would like to experience this view for yourself, these courses are for you!

Courses involve preparation and driving with a train of coaching stock. Full instruction will be given to all participants by our experienced staff on all aspects of class 50 driving and the relevant aspects of the operation of the railway. Tours of the locomotive will also be available on the day to all participants.

For more details contact the Severn Valley Railway on 01299 403816 or visit the SVR website here for more info :  Footplate Experience - Diesel | Severn Valley Railway (

The view from a class 50 cab

The view from the driver's seat in Ark Royal looking south from Bridgenorth. You could be sitting here!


My wife purchased me the Class 50 driving experience for Christmas and I was able to do this in August. The instructors where absolutely first class and their knowledge of not only the railway, but also the locomotive and the surrounding area. It was so good I'm thinking of re-booking for another time with longer drive. Rich Siday

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