Ultimate Tram Driving Experience
WE ARE SORRY, BUT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE CANCELLED ALL ULTIMATE TRAM DRIVING EXPERIENCES FOR THIS SEASON. WE WILL KEEP THIS PAGE UP-DATED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKINGS ALREADY.
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.
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.
How to book
The cost of the airbrake or the handbrake course for 2021 will be confirmed in November 2020. 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 and any dietary requirements in advance.
For more experienced participants we are also offering an advanced (handbrake) course.
The Ultimate Driving Experience makes 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!
Opening Dates & Times 2020
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 4.30pm. (last admissions 3pm) Except:
Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October: 10am - 6.30pm (last admissions 5pm)
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
These weekend days only:
Sunday 1st, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November: 10am - 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Ring 01773 854321 for more details.