Introduction to Diesel Driving Course - A day to discover driving a locomotive



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Become a train driver for a day


If you are a train enthusiast or simply curious to discover the fascinating world of railways, the driving course on a diesel locomotive offered by the CFVE is the opportunity for you.


This training course offers a unique experience that will allow you to become a train driver for a day . You will be welcomed upon your arrival with breakfast, followed by theoretical training on safety and rail traffic rules. Then you will move on to practice with training which will include explaining the controls, preparing and starting the locomotive.


Once this training is completed, you will have the chance to take control of the locomotive for an unforgettable journey from Pacy-sur-Eure to Breuilpont .You can even be accompanied during this unique experience, with your loved ones able to take their place on board as passengers.


How the day went

10:00 a.m.: Welcome breakfast

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Theoretical training and visit to the station

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Friendly lunch with the trainers where everyone brings their own meal

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Preparation of the traction machine and explanation of the controls

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Practical training and online departure from Pacy-sur-Eure, the two trainees take turns driving.

The shunter or locomotive used for the driving course will be chosen on the morning of the course by the trainer, depending on the availability of the equipment (commercial use scheduled, out of order for renovation or reserved for another activity).


This unique experience is also an excellent original gift idea for train enthusiasts and anyone who wants to discover the fascinating world of railways.


The visuals offered are non-contractual, they are an overview of the service given for information purposes only.

  • Difficulty 2 / 5
  • From 16 years
  • Confirmation : Immediate
The formula includes
The formula for our driving course on a diesel shunter includes several stages for a complete and enriching day. First of all, you will be welcomed with a breakfast to start the day right. Then, you will follow theoretical training on safety and rail traffic rules, then practical training where you will be able to learn the different commands, prepare and start the locomotive. You will then have the opportunity to drive the locomotive during a run from Pacy-sur-Eure to Breuilpont. During this unique experience, you can be accompanied by your loved ones. They will take part in the adventure as passengers on your train.
The formula does not include
Lunch will be taken in the station's dining hall where each participant is welcome to bring their own meal. In addition, there are many take-out restaurants in the area for those who prefer a different dining option.
Equipment to provide
It is strongly recommended that you wear safety shoes when moving around the railway station, shunting and driving.
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