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.
How to book
The cost of the airbrake or the handbrake course for 2020 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 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!
Please download the booking form, complete it and send it to us either with a cheque, or if sending by email, please call us to make payment by debit / credit card. 2020 UTDE Application Form
For further details please contact us on : 01773 854321
Opening Dates & Times 2020
Spring Season 2020
14th March - 9th April 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm). Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Main Season 2020
10th April - 11th June -10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm)
12th June - 15th June - CLOSED
16th June - 6th September: 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm)
Autumn Season 2020
7th September - 27th October: 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm) Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Starlight Event 28th October - 31st October 2020
Tuesday 27th October and Saturday 31st October: 10am - 8.30pm (last admissions 7pm)
Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th October: 10am - 7.30pm. (last admissions 6pm).
Last Day of the Season 2020
1st November - 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm)
Ring 01773 854321 for more details.