The South Devon Railway said its special fundraising event on Saturday, November 10, 2018 raised a considerable amount of money for the British Royal Legion. The special event, known as the “Driver for Armistice”, gives suitable men and women the rare opportunity to drive a real steam engine to a distance covering two miles. Officials usually make provisions for a roundtrip. At the end of their trip, drivers are expected to donate a fee to the Royal British Legion.
The Railway had 47 slots available and booked full, but the railway managed to squeeze in a few who turned up on the day to make it 50 experiences in a day.
Returns from the slots show the railway raised £630.33 for the local Royal British Legion. Many participants praised the railway for the initiative, describing the event as “thrilling and amazing.” They also hailed the railway for charging a considerable fee. Many of those who took part in the driving exercise paid £11.11 and described the charges as a ‘reasonable and suitable figure’ for the Armistice Centenary.
There are indications the railway may increase its charges for the event next year so as to raise more funds for the Royal British Legion.