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Merseyrail Experience Tour


Have you ever wondered what it’s really like being a train driver? What it’s like to sit in the cab of a train and access parts of the Merseyrail network that most people will never see?

Well now you can, thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Merseyrail is offering to anyone interested in peeking behind the scenes at one of the country’s busiest rail networks.

Led by a tour guide with more than 30 years’ worth of tales to tell about life on the railways, The Merseyrail Experience Tour offers visitors exclusive access to hidden gems of the network, such as the rarely used Platform 2 at James Street station with its spectacular brickwork, 19th century tiling and four panelled plaster sculpture ‘Dream Passage’, which was installed at the station in 1992.

Visitors will also be invited to walk up the notorious – and arduous - Water Street ramp, and to step inside Hamilton Square Station Tower, with its beautiful arched windows and clustered shafts, which is usually closed off to the public.

Train lovers won’t be disappointed either, as they’ll be given the chance to explore an empty train, ride on the current fleet before it is replaced in 2020, chat with train crew and station staff and have their photo taken in a train driver’s cab.

Then, to top it all off, visitors will have the chance to see close-up the inner workings of Liverpool Central station, from being shown how the gate line works to seeing how trains are dispatched on the platform, before enjoying a Costa Coffee from Mtogo and a debrief at the staff building at the back of Liverpool Central station known as the ‘MOD Block’.

Each exclusive tour takes small groups of only four people, so numbers are extremely limited.

Price: £125 per person.

See the full tour schedule at the link below.

Tour Dates


  • Saturday 28 March - CANCELLED
  • Saturday 11 April - CANCELLED
  • Saturday 25 April - CANCELLED