You'll be given an overview of operating principles by one of our instructors. Then it will be your turn to take the handles and operate solo! Don't worry, you won't have any regular passengers, just you, your instructor, and your invited guests.
Operate a Trolley Car: The guest operator fee is $60, and includes your individual admission, and one year's individual membership in the museum at the Associate level. You'll also receive a photo-certificate of completion, suitable for framing. (The fee for existing members is discounted to $35). We strongly recommend making a reservation on one of the Guest Operator days below. We can also accomodate your request for a trolley guest operator session on other days, subject to pre-registration and confirmation of staff availability 2 or more weeks in advance.
The following trolley cars are generally available for guest operation: Connecticut Company 775 and 1602, Johnstown 357, Atlanta 948, New Orleans 850.
Operate a Subway or Elevated Rapid Transit Car: The guest operator fee is $70, and includes your individual admission, and one year's individual membership in the museum at the Associate level. You'll also receive a photo-certificate of completion, suitable for framing. (The fee for existing members is discounted to $45). Please note that because of the higher power consumption and heavier weight of these cars, their operation for guests is limited to the Guest Operator days shown below.
The following cars are currently available: NYCTA R-17 6688, IRT Lo-V 5466, IND R-9 1689.
Note: the Guest Operator event is an entertainment service, and does not constitute an official training program. Many Guest Operators do, however, go on to take the museum's official training classes which are offered separately.
The museum has morning (10:30-noon), mid-day (noon-2PM) and late-day (2PM-4PM)
time slots available as
shown below. Just click on any open time slot and fill out the reservation
form. You will receive an initial automatic email confirmation with
your reservation code. A deposit is required to hold your reservation,
which can be paid online. Once your reservation is confirmed, the museum
manager will send you a second confirmation via email.
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Deposit and Cancellation Policy
Guest Operators must be Members of the museum at the time of their guest operator session. If you are not already a member, a one-year membership is included in the guest operator fee.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as we frequently are booked to capacity.
To hold an advance reservation, a deposit of $25 is required. The deposit may be paid via our online system, or by mailing in a check or money order, or credit card over the phone (M-F 9-5). The deposit must be received at least 48 hours before the scheduled guest operator session.
If you cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled session date, you may elect to have your deposit fully refunded, or you may apply it to a future guest operator reservation for up to one year. After the 48 hour deadline has passed, you may only apply your deposit to a future reservation for up to one year.
At the time of your guest operator session, the remaining balance of the guest operator fee and membership dues (if you are not already a current member) must be paid. Your deposit will be applied to that balance.
If your guest operator reservation is canceled by the museum for any reason, such as bad weather, equipment problems or staffing problems, you are entitled to a full refund of your deposit and any other fees or dues which you may have paid. You may also elect to accept a credit for a future guest operator session.
If you have a gift certificate for a guest operator session please indicate this at the time of booking your reservation. No deposit or additional payment will be required in this case, as the full amount is pre-paid.
We list our timeslots in shifts rather than by specific appointment time. Just like the real railroad, Guest Operation is subject to the other operations on our trolley line, and these activities may cause some Guest Operation trips to fall behind schedule. We appreciate your understanding and will make every effort to accommodate Guest Operators as efficiently as possible. Please plan to be at the museum for several hours.
If you have any questions about this policy, please email the museum or call us at (203) 467-6927.