Class 50 Driver Experiences

A chance to take control of visiting class 50 locomotive, 50026

50026 Indomitable

Have you ever dreamt about taking to the footplate of a diesel locomotive, feeling the power of the engine as it hauls a train along a full size railway? We can now offer you the opportunity to drive visiting class 50 locomotive, 50026 "Indomitable", getting a truly authentic experience as you control the locomotive and train, complete with coaches behind, tackling our challenging gradients, obeying the signals and stopping at platforms.

For £375 you'll be able to drive the locomotive a total of 16 miles, both light engine and hauling some of our restored carriages. Your day will start at North Weald where you will meet your Driving Instructor and proceed to the locomotive, where you will be shown the controls and be given an explanation of what they do.

trainee and trainerYou will then first take control of the locomotive to Ongar and back, during which you'll initially drive the locomotive light engine (on its own) to get a feel for the loco brake. Upon completion of your first trip you will then hook up to our coaches at North Weald and tackle some of the longest and steepest gradients in preservation as you take the train to Ongar and back. Your experience will last for approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes after commencing.


Should you choose to bring more than one guest we, can accommodate them in our coaching stock when it is attached to YOUR train. For the duration of your experience, it will be YOUR loco. You will not share this experience with anyone else which means you can have someone of your choosing accompany you in the cab while you drive YOUR loco.

What You Get

All participants of our experience courses will not just get to drive a locomotive but will receive the following as well:

  • 1 Year Membership to Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society (EORVS), with up to four editions of the society Journal - Mixed Traffic - delivered to you per annum
  • DVD of the railway's history
  • Visit to North Weald engine shed
  • Visit to North Weald signal box
  • EOR Diesel Department Mug
  • EOR Pen and Bookmark
  • A guaranteed good time

Should you wish, regardless of the time of your experience, you may stay at the railway all day and travel in the coaching stock on other trips.

50026 Indomitable

Class 50 Driver Experience Dates:

The following dates are available: September 14; October 4, 5, 12, 18, 19

Experiences start at 09.00, 11.00, 13.30, 15.30 and 17.30