Have you ever wanted to drive a diesel railway locomotive? If yes then by taking part in a diesel driver experience at the Doon Valley Railway your dream can become true.
If someone you know like to drive a diesel railway locomotive, then a diesel driver experience would make an ideal birthday or Christmas gift or a special treat for them.
After receiving a safety briefing, instructions and a demonstration, you will take full control of the locomotive and initially drive along the station platform to get a feel for the controls. Then you will head out of the station and along the ex-National Coal Board line up to Laight Farm Level crossing and back. You don’t just do this once but twice! All under the watchful eye and guidance of one of our experienced drivers.
You can bring guests with you on your visit to the railway who can watch you from the platform as you operate the locomotive and there is no charge for this.
Please note that this is an experience and does not qualify the participant as a diesel locomotive driver.
We have two locomotives to choose from which are available on different dates - see below and click the 'Buy Now' buttons below to see the available dates for each locomotive.
Drive "Powfoot No1" diesel shunter built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co, works number 347 in1941. This locomotive was built as part of a War Department contract during World War 2 and worked at munitions factories and spent most of its time at Powfoot, near Annan.
Get a feel of Sentinel works number 10012 of 1959, powered by a Rolls-Royce diesel engine. This was the only diesel locomotive to work on the National Coal Board system at Dunaskin.
Doon Valley Railway
Dunaskin Bridge, Dalmellington Rd, Waterside, Patna, Ayr KA6 7JH