If you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea with a difference, then the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has just the thing – a ride in the cab of one of its steam locomotives.

Steam lover Bethany Taylor recently took a trip on one of the railway’s engines called ‘Spitfire’ on her 22nd birthday. “I thoroughly enjoyed my footplate ride,” said Beth. “I just love steam trains and it was a surprise present from my parents – I had no idea where I was going on the day!”

“While I was on the engine the driver and fireman showed me all the controls and explained how a steam locomotive works. I had a go at stoking the fire and applying the brakes – and I just loved pulling the whistle!”

If you ever fancied being a signalman, the railway also gives visitors the opportunity to spend half a day learning the ropes in the signal box at Ludborough station, where you get to pull the levers and open the crossing gates.

Our footplate ride and signal box experience are becoming very popular and make the perfect gift with a difference, whatever the occasion.

How does it work?

Purchase a personalised gift voucher for the footplate ride/signal box experience here and you will be sent the voucher along with information on arranging a convenient date and time.

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