Guest Driver Experience

Taliesin being cleaned
Taliesin on the FR
Taliesin being cleaned
Taliesin on the FR

Holiday Highlights

  • Learn to drive a steam engine
  • Return journey on the Ffestiniog Railway
  • Return Journey on the Welsh Highland Railway
  • Spend time at the FR’s historic Boston Lodge works
  • Enjoy the beautiful Welsh countryside from two great railways
  • 3 Days from £2,100pp

A fascinating and interesting break in North Wales, this package includes the delights of leisurely trips on two of the UK's premier narrow gauge railways coupled together with the exhilaration of driving a steam train through the beautiful Welsh countryside. The following days can be taken in any order however the Guest Driver day can only be operated on certain dates.


Day 1

Take a return trip on the Ffestiniog Railway. After crossing the ‘Cob’ (the mile long embankment built in the early 19th Century to reclaim a large portion of land from the sea for agricultural use) the railway turns inland and climbs an almost constant gradient up to the Slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Slate in Blaenau Ffestiniog is the reason the railway was built, and trains propelled by gravity alone brought the slate down from the hills to the awaiting ships in Porthmadog Harbour.

Day 2

Take a return trip on the Welsh Highland Railway. The newly restored Welsh Highland Railway is a marvel in engineering feats. After crossing through the Harbour town of Porthmadog the railway climbs through the stunning Aberglaslyn pass and up to the railways peak of 650ft in the foot hills of Snowdon. The adventure is not over as the line then twists and turns as it makes its way to the Royal town of Caernarfon.

Day 3

This morning starts with the preparation of one of the Ffestiniog Railway's steam locomotives in the historic Boston Lodge works. After an initial basic course on steam locomotive operation the ‘Guest Driver’ will be allowed out on the main line to enjoy a day’s driving. A packed lunch is included today.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights B&B in a Porthmadog Guesthouse/Hotel
  • Return journeys on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in 3rd Class
  • Exclusive Guest Driver Experience
  • Packed lunch on the Guest Driver day for all guests

Price per person

‘Guest Driver’: From £2,100
Single room supplement: From £104
Deposit: £200

‘Guest Driver’ must be aged 16 or over and reasonably fit. Boots and overalls are not supplied; the guest must bring their own. Only the nominated ‘Guest Driver’ may operate the locomotive, and not over the Porthmadog cross town link. Availability of ‘Guest Driver’ dates are limited and only run certain days.

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