Trolleybus Driving Experience

We are offering you the chance to drive a vintage trolleybus.

To be held on Mondays or Tuesdays during the summer months, the Trolleybus Driving Experience is a unique chance to get behind the wheel of a vintage British trolleybus. The day will begin with introductions over tea/coffee, followed by a safety briefing and theory session. Then, after a buffet lunch, it is out onto our trolleybus circuit for an afternoon driving with one of our experienced instructors. The day ends with a summary session, tea/coffee and presentation of your Driving Certificates. All of this is priced at £225 per person, and we’ll also include one year’s membership to The Museum so that you can visit us again, for free!

Places for 2015 will go on sale at 9am, Saturday 1st November 2014.

Dates

The dates for 2015 are:

Tuesday 7th April 2015 Link to booking page will appear here
Tuesday 26th May 2015 Link to booking page will appear here
Monday 22nd June 2015 Link to booking page will appear here
Monday 21st September 2015 Link to booking page will appear here

Terms & Conditions

1. The participant must be aged between 25 and 70 - this is an insurance requirement.
2. The participant must hold a valid UK driving licence, which must be presented on the day.
3. The participant is fit and able bodied (trolleybus cabs are difficult to get in and out of).
4. The participant has adequate eyesight and will wear glasses if necessary.
5. The participant has adequate hearing, to hear bells and instructions.
6. In accordance with legislation the participant must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
7. The participant agrees to comply with the rules of The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft (Sandtoft Transport Centre Ltd.) and the instructions given during the course.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the Trolleybus Driving Experience and what does it cost? 
The Trolleybus Driving Experience is a unique chance to get behind the wheel of a vintage British trolleybus. The day will begin with introductions over tea/coffee, followed by a safety briefing, theory session, examination of the overhead system and introduction to your trolleybus along with familiarisation of conducting procedures. Then, after a buffet lunch, it is out onto our trolleybus circuit for an afternoon driving with one of our experienced instructors. The day ends with a summary session, tea/coffee and presentation of your Driving Certificates. The cost also includes a buffet lunch for a guest who can also ride on the trolleybus whilst you are driving. All of this is priced at £225 per person, and we'll also include one year's membership to The Museum so that you can visit us again, for free!

Which trolleybuses can I drive?
The trolleybus used will be a British 2-axle double-decker. The specific vehicle used each day will depend on availability and it is the decision of the experienced instructor in charge. We are unable to fulfill requests to drive specific vehicles.

Will the Museum be open to the public?
No. The Trolleybus Driving Experience courses will take place on Mondays or Tuesdays during the summer months. The Museum is closed to the public at these times. You are, however, able to bring guests and additional visitors; please see below for details.

Will I be a qualified trolleybus driver at the end of the day?
No. The aim on the day is to bring you up to a standard where you can complete a basic service run on our overhead circuit. To be a fully fledged trolleybus driver on one of our opendays requires further training. Before entering the driving school at The Museum, members must have first completed at least one full season as a trained trolleybus conductor.

Can I bring guests?
Yes you can. Included in the price of your Trolleybus Driving Experience is one guest, who also gets a buffet lunch. Additional guests are welcome too. However, please be aware that as the Museum is not open to the public and not all areas and facilities of the Museum will be open. Additional guests are charged at £6.00 per person including buffet lunch. All guests are able to ride on the trolleybus whilst you are driving.

Is advance booking required?
Yes. In order to make best use of resources and plan our catering advance booking is essential. We advise that you book early as these spaces are limited and sell out very quickly. In the unlikely event that insufficient bookings are received The Trolleybus Museum may cancel a course day and offer an alternative date or a full refund.