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Great Central Railway welcomes 10,000th Driver Experience customer

The Great Central Railway is celebrating making ten thousand childhood dreams come true.

Since the award winning Leicestershire heritage attraction launched the ever popular Drive A Train Experience package in the 1990s, people have travelled from all over the world to take part.

The 10,000th person to climb up onto the footplate and take charge of a train will be at the railway on Friday the 7th of August.

"This is a huge milestone for us," said Kate Tilley, Marketing Manager for the Great Central Railway. "It's always wonderful to see the beaming faces of delighted drivers once they've completed their journey. Some will have grown up in the age of steam and always wanted to take control of a huge locomotive. Others fancy the challenge of managing what is essentially a living breathing machine! We have the perfect preserved double track Main Line to make those dreams come true. We have welcomed people from Japan and America - coming to the UK just to have a drive at the GCR."

Drivers can choose the physical challenge of a steam engine or the raw power of a heritage diesel locomotive. Different packages are also available for people wanting just a taste, or those who would like to get serious mileage under their wheels.

Last updated September 2015