1 July—18 October 2024

Steam engine and crane driving experiences

Have a go at driving our steam engine, Henbury and one of the iconic electric cranes outside M Shed.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a steam engine with a 20 minute driving experience on Henbury followed by a 20 minute session in one of our cranes.

Our one-to-one tuition gives you the thrill of being the driver whilst testing your skill in controlling the hook.

After taking both machines for a spin, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement.

Timeslots are available every 40 minutes. Please report to a member of staff 15 minutes before your allocated timeslot at the Brakevan on the quayside adjacent to the museum entrance.

Dates for 2024

  • Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July
  • Monday 14 October – Friday 18 October


You must:

  • Be agile enough to climb the last three steps into the crane cab
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Wear a face covering where possible
  • Be able to obey the instructions of the driver
  • The crane cab is reasonably high so this may not be suitable for people with a fear of heights
  • The steam engine can be a hot, dirty, oily environment. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes. Trousers are preferred. No open toed sandals. Gloves and an overall jacket will be supplied
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry to unsuitable persons (under the influence of drugs or alcohol)

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