Diesel Driver Experience
750 Horsepower to Share
For 2 People
Would like to share the experience of driving a broad-gauge diesel-electric locomotive?
Then the VGR's Diesel Driver Experience Package for 2 is for you!
Y Class Diesel Electric - in Victorian Railways Blue & Gold.
The day is all yours as you meet your friendly crew who will take you through the process of preparing and starting the diesel locomotive and putting together a typical freight train. As you sit high in the cab, you'll get to assist with shunting and then it's off to Castlemaine with you at the controls.
You'll feel the gentle vibration of the diesel engine and hear the throaty roar as the engine works hard up and down the hills. On the return leg, you'll get to swap places and assist the guard with safe-working duties and then monitor the train's progress from the guards van.
The locomotive hauling you'll be driving is an ex Victorian Railway's Y-class locomotive - similar to locomotives still in service on the mainline in Victoria.
The 750 Horsepower to Share Package is $1705 incl. GST
Included in the course fee is:
When can the Experience take place?
The Diesel Driver Experience can be enjoyed on any day when we are not running passenger services, i.e not on Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays during School Holidays or on Special Event Weekends. Bookings may be limited during the summer fire danger period months (December - March).
With confirmation of your booking, you will receive a set of course notes to read through before attending the experience
Map & Line Gradient Chart of the VGR
Located near Maldon Station is Maldon's Eaglehawk Motel (ph 03 5475 2750). The VGR recommends this Motel should you be seeking accommodation.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE
"I wish to place on record how much I enjoyed the train driving experience on your railway last Tuesday. It was a most amazing experience indeed, one which I will never forget. I had driven trains before on a couple of previous occasions (again in Victoria), but the time I spent on the VGR surpassed them all! - Udaya Peeligama"
"I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone which helped out on Saturday. It was literally the second best day of my life (I have to say that right as I'm married!). - Tim Meier"
"VGR is just so different. I expected my first hour to be full of inductions, questionnaires to make sure I had understood inductions, sign all the disclaimers etc etc. Nope – just grab that oil can and start greasing son. Could not have had a greater experience. - Peter Wise"
"I cannot express what a fantastic experience I had driving the loco under that wonderful crew on the day. I did not expect it to be as good to be quite honest - I still talk about it with excitement. The level of professionalism you apply to running VGR is outstanding. Sharing the day with my family and friends was an added bonus - they had a ball And we are still talking about it."
"I would like to express my thanks to your society for making this experience available. The experience has left a great impression, not just for me, but also on the rest of my family. I speak highly of your organization to all others that I have contact with and recommend the experience to them."
For more information
Please complete the Enquiry Form on our Contact Us Page
arrange a date for a friend or relative
- the experience makes an exciting, unique and memorable gift !
Don't Just Ride It - Drive It!!