Ultimate Tram Driving Experience

Ultimate tram driving experience

The thrill of driving a vintage tram

This unique package allows you to spend a whole day learning how to drive one of our Vintage Trams in a stunning location.

Your day

On arrival you will be greeted by one of our instructors and taken into the Museum. The day begins over refreshments with a chance to get to know our expert instructors. During the morning session they will take you through tram driving theory, health and safety, how the tramcar works, power and braking, current collection, track work and operating methods. You will then move out onto the line for a tour of the driving route.

After lunch and under the watchful eye of the instructors you have a “hands on” afternoon at the controls of one of our fleet of vintage trams. The mile long track offers a chance to put the theory into practice navigating the points, tram stops and the Derbyshire hills. Each person will usually have time to complete 4 round trips. There will also be opportunities to perform Guard duties on ‘the back platform’, including trolley turning (where fitted), bell signals, and changing points. Family and friends are welcome to join you on the drive and can get involved by helping turn the trolley pole or just enjoy the ride. Alternatively they can take time to explore the Museum and all it has to offer.

The day ends when you return the trams to the depot, and re-assemble in the Project Room for refreshments and de-briefing.  Once you have the airbrake course under your belt, why not follow it up with the handbrake course? The day is very similar to the airbrake course with less theory and a wider selection of trams to choose from.

Following his Ultimate Tram Driving Experience in September 2016, Terry from Barnsley, wrote afterwards: “My 15th UTDE and as super as ever – another brilliant experience!”

How to book

The cost of the airbrake or the handbrake course for 2017 is £295.

This price includes all meals and refreshments for you and a guest. Other guests are welcome to join you on the day at an extra cost. Please advise numbers in advance.

Only TWO places remain for 2017!  Booking soon for 2018!

2017 UTDE Application Form See Application Form for terms and conditions.

For more experienced participants we are also offering an advanced course. The Ultimate Driving Experience would make a great gift. Gift vouchers are available so if you want to surprise someone special. Just give us a call….. we’re able to keep a secret!

For further details please contact us on : 01773 854321

Opening Times

Sat 18th March – Sun 5th Nov. 2017

Daily 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4.00pm).

(Please check for opening times from 23rd Oct - 5th Nov 2017 nearer the dates)



Only TWO places remaining!

2017 UTDE Application Form
Ring 01773 854321 for more details.


Crich Tramway Village is a brand name for the National Tramway Museum (Accredited with Arts Council England), solely owned and operated by The Tramway Museum Society, incorporated in England with liability by guarantee (no. 744229). Registered charity number 313615.

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