Do you dream of running a magnificent, steam driven beam engine?

Or may be you know someone whose ambition has always been to be at the levers of a Beam Engine or to stoke a Lancashire Boiler? If so, then our day programme ‘Experience Steam’ is just for you.

Learn the art of stoking an 1883 Lancashire boiler, acquire the skills to run one of our original James Watt beam engines, operate a colliery winding engine, run the Papplewick forge and enjoy a guided tour inside the Station’s spectacular underground reservoir.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and you will receive complimentary membership of the Papplewick Association, giving you free unlimited access to the Station’s open days and public steamings for a whole year.

Outline Programme & Timetable

The aim of the Workshop activities is to afford you the opportunity to enjoy a unique hands-on experience. All workshop activities are led by experienced volunteers and you are advised to wear comfortable old clothing and stout shoes (a boiler suit is recommended).

An Experience Steam day runs from 9am until 4pm with tuition given in small groups. Each group will work on a carousel basis to enable all participants to cover the three main workshop activities and enjoy the broadest range of experience possible on the day.

Participants must be over 18 years of age and moderately fit to take part.

Please note that we only allow a maximum of 10 people to participate per Experience Steam day so early booking is essential. The dates for the next workshops are May 29th and August 28th 2021 - booking form:

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Friends and Family

One friend or family member of the participant is welcome too and can photograph or video the days proceedings. Please note there is a small charge should they wish to join you for lunch.


Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the recent ‘Experience Steam’ day. I had been really looking forward to it and I was not disappointed; in fact it was more interesting and fun than I had expected. I had expected my wife, to get bored and retire to a corner with a book she had brought with her, but no she enjoyed herself and didn’t get the book out of her bag.
So thank you once again for a memorable day and please extend my thanks to the rest of the team, who did so much to make it such a super day.

D Evans, West Midlands, 2013