Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure

Drive a diesel train

New for 2016! Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure

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Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure

A chance to be 'Up Front' on our Scenic Explorer, the Heritage Diesel Unit whilst enjoying the scenic Gwili Valley.  If driving a piece of 1960s railway history has long since been a dream, this year for the first time the Gwili Railway is giving you the chance to make it a reality!

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Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure

During the two and a half hour Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure there are three turns: you'll get one turn driving the heritage diesel railcar with a qualified driver alongside you; one turn learning about the Guard duties and one turn with the signal man learning how to operate the Signal Box.

Every Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure booked includes train travel for 8 of your friends and family who can ride as passengers on the train while you are on the footplate.

The time and date of your experience will be on your ticket letter which you should bring you. If you have a voucher, please ensure you have phoned the office to book on a specific date. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure which lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Please wear: Stout boots, old clothes or overalls. Avoid wearing nylon or Gor-tex type clothing.


The Railway will be closed to the general public but you and your guests can pre-book lunch tickets at £7 per head for a buffet lunch of sandwiches (with vegetarian options), crisps, cakes, tea or coffee.

This is the ideal present for the that special person who's train mad. Open to over 18 years of age only.

We also offer Taster and Full Day Steam Footplate Adventures. To see all the options click the button below

Click here to find dates and book tickets or buy a voucher


Saturday 11th March 10:00 - BOOKING OPEN - BOOK NOW

  • Saturday 11th March DMU
  • Sat 14th October DMU

Nearby Attractions

If you're making a day visit to there are a number of attractions nearby:

Gwili Pottery - a delightful pottery studio just 2 miles from the Railway

WWC Paddle Sports Specialists, Bronwydd -  our very near neighbours  house a large selection of canoe and kayaks and accessories for sale and hire - a wonderful place to whet your appetite for waterborne adventures

Timberman, Bronwydd -  just oppostie WWC, only 2 minutes up the road is this specialist supplier of woodworking machinery, power tools, woodturning and accessories

Carmarthen town - this county town offers a range of High Street stores and specialist independent shops.

We look forward to welcoming you for your Half Day Diesel Footplate Adventure.

Passengers are carried subject to the Conditions of Carriage of the Company. Whilst every effort will be made to maintain the advertised services the Company does not guarantee that trains will depart or arrive at the times shown. For operational reasons it may be necessary to substitute a diesel locomotive for steam at short notice. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to cancel services. The Company can accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay that results from any changes to advertised services. Information correct at time of publishing.


Gwili Steam Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, SA33 6HT. Tel (01267) 238213 (Mon-Fri-10am-4pm)