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.
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 2019 is £320. 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.
For more experienced participants we are also offering an advanced 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!
The booking form shows the number of places currently available for either an airbrake (A) or handbrake (H) course. Please download the application form here: 2019 UTDE Application Form and return to us as soon as possible to secure your place.
For further details please contact us on : 01773 854321
Opening Times 2019
16th March - 12th April 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm). Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
13th April - 8th September: 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm)
9th September - 27th October: 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm) Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Mon. 28th Oct. and Saturday 2nd Nov.: 10am - 8.30pm (last admissions 7pm; last tram 8.00pm)
Tues. 29th Oct. - Friday 1st Nov:. 10am - 7.30pm. (last admissions 6.00pm; last tram 7.00pm).
Last Day of the Season
Sun. Nov. 3rd: 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm; last tram 5.00pm)
Ring 01773 854321 for more details.