Be a Steam Train Driver for a Day with ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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If you have dreamt of being a train driver since a young child, then why not hop aboard the ZSL Great Whipsnade Railway in October and let that dream come to life.

ZSL Whipsnade Great Whipsnade Railway

Drive the train for either 8 or 16 miles on the 2ft 6 in narrow gauge heritage railway and go behind the scenes at our railway yard and find out what a typical day is actually like as a train driver onboard the Jumbo Express.

The Great Whipsnade Railway] really is a track with a difference, as it runs past Indian rhinos, Asian elephants, camels and deer as they go about their daily business.

As an honorary steam train driver you will have the opportunity to shovel coal, test the brakes, couple carriages and of course handle the controls of a powerful steam locomotive. You will receive a full health and safety briefing upon arrival and the experience includes a complementary lunch and plenty of cups of tea and coffee to keep you going! The experience is suitable to both beginners and those who have driven a steam train before and prices start from £270.

The dates for the ‘Be a Steam Train Driver for a Day’ experience are during the week commencing 11th October 2010, running for 4 days – and runs from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

For more information or to book a date please call 0207 449 6269 or email us at experiences(at)zsl(dot)org.
For general enquiries check the frequently asked questions.

Editor’s Note
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research at the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation overseas. For further information please visit


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