Posted by: wrha | August 16, 2011

Drive a train!

Ever wanted to take the controls of a railway locomotive yourself, or drive on the legendary Waverley Route high on the wild hills of southern Scotland?

Well now you can! On Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th September the WRHA will be offering “Driver for a Fiver” footplate experience turns on ex- Army diesel shunter no. 110 over our running line at Whitrope. Under the guidance of our expert staff, you’ll learn how to safely operate the locomotive before taking it for a run down the line, working the controls and the brakes all by yourself!

The event is open to anyone 18 years of age or older (sorry, under 16s can’t travel in the driving cab). If you don’t fancy taking the controls yourself, we can also offer rides in the loco cab with our own staff in the driving seat. Demand is expected  to be high, so we recommend you email us on with your preferred day and time and we’ll aim to book you a timed slot. The centre will be open from ten till four on both day, with the heritage centre and buffet car in operation throughout.

We look forward to welcoming you.




  1. Had a great day on the 3rd of September, had a go on the footplate on 110. That was it, I was hooked to the Waverley! So much so I have joined as a member and look forward to helping out when I can. Makes a change from my job on the mainline railway…….

  2. Tony and I certainly enjoyed our turn at the throttle, Ian!
    Thanks for the instruction. How many others including your good self have driven on the route thus far?

    • That was the 1st weekend of actual instruction for the public. We have only had members take the controls previously.

      It all helps build for a successful 2012 I hope.

      Thanks for the positive review guys,
      many thanks,

      Iain Mac.

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