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Footplate Ride

A 70-minute ride aboard a steam engine footplate

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Have you ever wanted to ride on the footplate of a steam engine?  Now's your chance!

You can book your footplate experience online here or, if you are buying the experience as a gift, please buy a Whistlestop Valley gift voucher instead and the lucky recipient can book their experience at their own convenience.

Footplate Ride - £60

  • A 70-minute, seven-mile footplate ride on one of our unique steam locomotives in the company of one of our experienced drivers
  • A Big Adventure ticket to enjoy Whistlestop Valley at leisure for the remainder of the day
  • A souvenir mug
  • A complimentary family Big Adventure ticket to Whistlestop Valley for a return visit within a year
  • A tour of the engine shed & workshop (subject to staff availability)
  • Not available during special events
  • Must be booked in advance (not available to purchase on the day)
  • Please note that requests for specific locomotives CANNOT be accommodated as this relies heavily on both driver & loco availability
  • Available on selected weekends and slected times only

The time you book is the time your chosen train will depart from Clayton West Station.  

Please arrive as follows:

  • 11.50am Footplate Ride - please arrive between 10am-11.30am
  • 1.10pm Footplate Ride - please arrive between 11.30am-12.50pm
  • 2.30pm Footplate Ride - please arrive between 1pm-2.10pm


Please CLICK HERE to read the Whistlestop Valley's important Terms & Conditions before purchasing a Footplate Experience.

Participants must be aged 16 years old or over.  If the participant is aged between 16-18 years old, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18 who must travel on the same train as the participant.

For accompanying persons, please book BIG ADVENTURE tickets.