‘Royal Scot’ Driver Experience Day

The KWVR offers you the rare opportunity to drive one of the world’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Experience the thrill of being in control of an Express Passenger locomotive on the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

Royal Scot on the KWVR, Driver Experience Day

The line passes through Haworth – famous for its connection with the literary Brontë family – and Oakworth – famous for its role in the film “The Railway Children” – on its way to Keighley where the Railway makes its connection with the mainline.

To be able to take part, you must be between 18 and 75 years of age and in good health. If you are older than 75 we will require an acceptance letter from your GP.

You’ll need to wear stout footwear, boots (preferably steel toe cap) or walking shoes – not trainers – on the engine, but we shall provide you with overalls and gloves.

If you wish, you may bring up to two friends or family free of charge with you on the day. Your guests will be given a printout of details of the line to read at leisure during their journey along the line whilst the participant is doing all the hard work at the front.


You will be one of three participants on the day. On your arrival you will collect your Rover tickets from the booking office and be at your own leisure to enjoy the Railway and the surrounding area whilst we celebrate our 50th Anniversary – Thursday 28th being our ‘Little Engines and Vintage Trains Day’.

At Oxenhope for 12.20 you will be booked on ‘The Old Gentleman’s Saloon’ as made famous in the 1970s film The Railway Children where you will be able to enjoy a complimentary Cream Tea whilst sitting back and watching the Railway go by, before being able to enjoy your own time again on the Railway.

At 16:15 you be met by your host at Oxenhope and a meal will be served in our Buffet.

Our Host will provide you with overalls. Over a cup of tea or coffee, you will be given you a briefing covering essential safety aspects of your day and an outline of how our railway works. It is important that you arrive in time for this briefing, as it helps ensure you get maximum enjoyment out of your day, safely!

Under the supervision of our experienced and trained staff, each participant will have the opportunity to drive one complete round trip, whilst on the other two trips experiencing what life was like in a Southern Region Queen Mary Brake Van – not quite as luxurious as the ‘Old Gentleman’s Saloon’.

On finishing, you will be presented with a photo certificate and other “goodies” by way of reminder of what, we hope, will have been a very enjoyable day.


£950 (inc VAT) per person, which includes:

  • A full day’s ticket for the Special Event Day as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations for yourself and 2 guests.
  • A trip in the ‘Old Gentleman’s Saloon’ as made famous in the 1970s film The Railway Children
  • An evening meal in our Buffet Car at Oxenhope.
  • A full year’s membership of the KWVRPS, benefits of which include the Society’s quarterly magazine, “Push and Pull”,
  • 3 free days travel and the opportunity to take part as an active member in the workings of the Railway.
  • Souvenir certificate and goody bag.
  • Then your chance to drive one of the World’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’.

The day will finish at approximately 9.30PM.

To Book

Please call Haworth Admin Office, 01535 645212 between 09.30 and 16.30

There are only 3 places available for this once in a lifetime opportunity. So don’t delay, call today!

IMPORTANT: The Railway is operated by volunteer staff and for unforeseen reasons (locomotive failure for example) it may not be possible to operate on the day for which you have booked. Under these circumstances, you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to re-book on another convenient day. Each place must be paid for in full at least 28 days prior to the day of the course. Failure to do so may result in the loss of your place. Deposits are non-refundable.