Ultimate Tram Driving Experience
WE ARE SORRY, BUT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE CANCELLED ALL ULTIMATE TRAM DRIVING EXPERIENCES IN 2020. WE WILL KEEP THIS PAGE UP-DATED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKINGS ALREADY.
We are unable to offer any Ultimate Tram Driving Experiences for 2021 other than those already booked or transferred from 2020, until we have more information regarding Covid-19 for 2021.
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.
Opening Dates & Times 2021
SUMMER SEASON (subject to some Covid-19 guidelines)
Saturday 17th July to Sunday 5th September - Open daily (including Fridays).
10am - 5.30pm (Last admissions 4pm).
Monday 6th September to Sunday 31st October (Open Saturdays to Thursdays)
Weekends: 10am - 5.30pm (Last admissions 4pm).
Weekdays: 10am - 4.30pm (Last admissions 3pm).
Ring 01773 854321 for more details.