Taster Steam Footplate Adventure

Drive a steam engine

Now's your chance! During your time on the footplate you'lll be in control of a heritage steam locomotive which is over 60 years old. Feel the power and smell the burning coal whilst you trundle up the line. During the Taster Experience you'll get turns at drriving and firing the locmotive alongside experienced crew.

During the taster day you will be able to visit the Signal Box to see how the trains are controlled and ask the signalman any questions you may have. There are 4 time slots available for the taster day when booking your ticket.

Every Taster Steam Footplate Adventure booked includes train travel for 2 guests who can ride in the train while you are on the footplate. The Railway will be closed to the general public but light refreshments can be purchased from the Victorian Tea Rooms which will be open during your visit.

This is an ideal introduction to driving a steam locomotive. For those that want more time on the footplate and the chance to learn more about operating a country branch line, take a look at our Full Day Steam Footplate Experience.

Pre-booking recommended. Please select one of the times below and arrive at the Railway one hour before departure time to allow time for the Welcome and Safety Briefing.

Taster Steam Footplate Adventure dates

  • Sat 4th March Taster steam
  • Fri 16th June Taster steam
  • EXTRA DATE 20th May 2017

Trains depart Bronwydd Arms Station:

0930 - 1100 - 1250 - 1410

Price: £95 per person (with up to 2 family or friends)

The Taster Steam Footplate Adventure makes an ideal birthday present or treat for a special celebration. Open to over 18s. If you or the person coming on the Taster Steam Footplate Adventure have any physical restrictions, please contact the office to check on suitability of this activity.

Book vouchers or tickets online

Or phone the Ticket Hotline 01267 238213 usually manned Mon to Friday 10-4, though be aware in December the phone lines are very busy with Santa bookings. Or email us.

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The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. Information correct at time of publishing. 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.


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