Guest Driver Experience

Become an engine driver for a day!


Driving a steam engine is every boy’s dream (and that of a few girls, too) and you can do just that as a Guest Driver at Kempton. It makes a great gift – what better birthday treat than to spend the day training with the team on the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine?

Your day begins early with a tour of the engine house and an introduction to the team of volunteers. They will show you the ropes and train you up on water, steam, boiler and lubrication, before you finally get your hands on the controls for real. You will be shown how to start the Triple with the barring engines, how to control its running and how to stop it.

At the end of the day you will receive a signed certificate to prove that you have completed a day’s driver training on the Triple and, hopefully, had the time of your life!

The Guest Driver Experience costs £75 for one and £135 for two people booking together on the same day (£25 for under-16s). The only thing you need is a pair of overalls! There are opportunities for four Guest Drivers every steaming weekend so, to book your place, download the application form and send it to Peter Simpson at the address on the form. For enquiries about available dates, email