Auction of Experiences

These are the fantastic prizes up for grabs in our Auction of Experiences for Railway Family Week. Bid on any of these incredible Rail Experiences HERE

Tomorrow (29.04.21) at 12:30pm, Pete Waterman (RBF President), Tim Shoveller (Network Rail) and Maggie Simpson (Rail Freight Group) will be hosting a live stream to run through all of the incredible items in our Auction of Experiences. Tune in here to learn more about each prize: http://bit.ly/rbfauctionlive 

Island Line - Behind the Scenes

Bid for your chance for a behind the scenes tour for four people of Ryde St Johns depot (Isle of Wight) courtesy of SLC Operations, South Western Railway, Vivarail and Hovertravel. 'Fly' over to the Isle of Wight by hovercraft from Portsmouth before being met by a member of the SLC Operations team for your guided tour of the depot, and see where the new Class 484 Island Line stock will be maintained.  Next, visit the signal box to see how the line is operated.  And to finish your day, join a 484 as our SLC Operations Guest for a journey on one of the special test trains over the upgraded line. Finally, fly back to Portsmouth for the conclusion of a memorable day!

Make your bid HERE

 

Hornby 'Yellow Submarine' Train Set

Experience your very own railway with this Yellow Submarine Hornby train set. It celebrates all that we love about the Beatles and you get everything you need in the box to run this Eurostar around the track.

Learn more HERE 

Kindly donated by Hornby.

Make your bid HERE

 

Four tickets to dine in style on the Tornado

Bid for a wonderful day trip on 60163 Tornado anywhere in the UK and settle in for a traditional silver service dining experience by steam. Sit back and enjoy a sumptuous Champagne breakfast on the one to of many fascinating destinations such as York, Aberdeen or Carlisle and travel over the magnificent Settle and Carlisle railway or enjoying north-east Scotland's magnificent coastal route running the cliffs and gaining beautiful views out to see. All hauled by steam locomotive Tornado. 

Valid for four people on any day trip in the UK. Trains from various UK starting stations. Terms and conditions apply.

This prize has been kindly donated by A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Learn more HERE

Make your bid HERE

 

 

Behind the Scenes Tour at the British Transport Police Dog School

How would you like to visit the BTP Dog School and meet the hardworking (and rather cute) dogs? With this prize you will receive a behind the scenes tour, see the training in action and make some new 4 legged friends! BTP have over 60 working dogs across the network, and they all begin their careers at this training school, which is located in Kent.

Once restrictions are lifted, we ask you to book at least a month in advance to ensure a suitable date can be arranged. The prize is valid for up to four people until the end of 2022. Please note, the site is rather remote and only accessible by car.

This prize has been kindly donated by the British Transport Police.

Make your bid HERE

 

Family Ticket to travel on the Dalesman or Scarborough Spa Express

Win a family ticket to travel in Standard Class at a table for four, onboard either The Dalesman, or The Scarborough Spa Express. The Dalesman departs on various dates between May and September and travels to Carlisle. The Scarborough Spa Express also departs on various dates between May and September and travels to York and Scarborough.

The tickets are valid for four people (2 adults / 2 children) for travel in 2021/2022. Full details of both services can be viewed HERE 

This prize was kindly donated by West Coast Railways.

Make your bid HERE

 

Two Standard Class Tickets on a Branch Line Society Charter Train

Join us with your guest for a special day in our heritage Standard class carriages exploring the rare and wonderful parts of our UK rail network. Branch Line Society provides days out by rail for passengers to visit the more unusual parts of our infrastructure.

Valid for two adults. Valid until 31 December 2021. Available for all events listed on Branch Line Society 

This prize was kindly donated by the Branch Line Society.

Make your bid HERE

 

Guided Tour of St Pancras Station for Four

Win a guided tour of St Pancras station with either a morning coffee or afternoon tea in the station (depending on time of day). The tour will explain the history and development of the station from its original design to the major transformation to create an international terminus brought to life with stories of its people with stories of its life. 

St. Pancras station opened in 1868 and is one of the wonders of Victorian engineering. Along with the former Midland Grand Hotel, it is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the most elegant stations in the World. Learn more HERE

Valid for 4 people. Expiry date 18 months.

This prize was kindly donated by HS 1. 

Make your bid HERE

 

 

Sir Peter Hendy CBE as your bus driver

Sir Peter will take you and 63 friends, colleagues or clients out for one hour on his own Routemaster bus. This exclusive outing could be used to entertain clients, or to acknowledge the work of your staff. You will be chauffeured around the key sights of London – a unique and not to be forgotten experience. Ideally, the tour will take place around the Inner London area, and you are welcome to propose your own route, or we can provide suggestions.

The prize is to be redeemed by May 2022, although may be able to extend due to COVID.

This prize was kindly donated by Peter Hendy.

Make your bid HERE

 

Behind the Scenes Tour of Barrow Hill Roundhouse 

Bid for your chance to win an all access behind the scenes tour at Barrow Hill Roundhouse in Chesterfield. Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail.  It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue.

As well as the turntable and shear legs (lifting gear), it has a changing display of steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock, an operational signal box, the Roundhouse Halt platform and Springwell Branch running line.

This prize was kindly donated by Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

Learn more about Barrow Hill Roundhouse HERE

Make your bid HERE

 

 

Four First Class Return Tickets for Avanti West Coast

Itching to start travelling again? Bid for four First Class return tickets to be used on any Avanti West Coast services. Enjoy the luxury of first class travel as you sit back and relax on your journey. Whether that’s down to London, up to the Lakes or into Scotland. The delights of North Wales or the pull of great cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The choice is yours to use as and when it suits.

T&Cs

  1. Winning journey must be taken once COVID travel restrictions allow.
  2. Tickets valid until 31st March 2022

This prize was kindly donated by Avanti West Coast.

Make your bid HERE

 

Guided Tour of Direct Rail Services

Direct Rail Services are delighted to offer an escorted tour of the facilities at Gresty Bridge depot near Crewe for two people. Your host will guide you around the depot so you see up close the engineering facilities and the stabled locomotives. Please note the visit can only be scheduled after Step 4 of the Government Covid road map has been implemented. The date will be mutually agreed to meet operational requirements.

This prize has been kindly donated by Direct Rail Services.

Make your bid HERE

 

A team of 4 at RBF’s Golf Day in London

Bid for a team of 4 to join our RBF Annual Golf Day, at Hendon Golf Club, London. The day comprises full use of the greens at Hendon, 18 holes, competitions and the chance of winning the RBF Cup! You will also enjoy a delicious hot lunch before the winners are announced and the charity raffle is drawn. This year, the Golf Day is on Thursday 23rd September 2021 and you will be playing alongside other rail teams from our sponsors CSIS together with Abellio, GB Railfreight and Clemtech to name a few.

Learn more HERE

Make your bid HERE

 

 

Cab Ride to Fort William

Bid for the amazing opportunity for one individual to sit up front with the driver on GB Railfreight’s British Alumina service. Enjoy a trip along the scenic route up to Fort William, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands. All safety inductions and personal safety clothing will be provided for the day.

The expiry date for this prize is 22nd March 2022. Recipients must be 18 or over and proof of identification will be required on the day of the cab ride. GBRf reserve the right to stop the trip if conditions are not met throughout.

This prize was kindly donated by GB RailFreight.

Make your bid HERE

 

Two Tickets for the SRPS Diesel Railtour programme

Bid for two standard class tickets for the 2021 SRPS Diesel Railtour programme! Travel aboard a day excursion organised by SRPS Railtours over some of Britain's most scenic railways. Must be redeemed by 31st December 2021.

This prize was kindly donated by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

Make your bid HERE

 

Hovercraft VIP Experience with Hovertravel

Place your bid for a Hovercraft VIP Experience with Hovertravel, who operate the fastest service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Your private and very special experience of circa ninety minutes duration for up to 70 people will include a behind the scenes look at the world's longest operational hovercraft service.  There will be a chance to meet the Pilots and Crew who fly across the Solent. 

You will learn how these wonderful machines work and see them in service as we provide you with a unique twenty minute Hover Demo. Your group of friends, family or colleagues will experience our hovercraft at work and will see, first hand, why so many customers love flying across the sea to and from the Isle of Wight with Hovertravel.

Book and travel by 30th June 2022. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

This prize was kindly donated by Hovertravel. Find out more about Hovertravel HERE

Make your bid HERE

 

Three night stay at Turner Cottage

Enjoy a three-night self-catering break for up to two people in Turner Cottage, Norham, Northumberland. Situated on the banks of the Tweed on the England / Scotland border underneath the walls of Norham Castle, the historic village is made famous by the paintings of J. M. W. Turner and the poems of Sir Walter Scott. Details can be found at Border Holiday Homes The three night voucher is offered, subject to availability, from 1 September onwards.

Subject to restrictions and availability. 

This prize was kindly donated by Border Holiday Homes. 

Make your bid HERE

 

Drive a London Routemaster Bus

Bid for the chance to drive an Abellio London Routemaster bus at one of the Abellio Bus Depots in London. Go behind the wheel and learn what it takes to be a London Bus driver!

Valid until 30th April 2022 and subject to availability and COVID restrictions.

This prize was kindly donated by Abellio.

Make your bid HERE

 

Guided Tour for 4 of the Quadrant, Milton Keynes

Bid for the chance to experience a guided tour for four people at the Quadrant in Milton Keynes.

The Quadrant:MK is Network Rail's national operations centre in Milton Keynes. The building was constructed in 2012 and has a striking atrium with over-bridges, along with several cafeteria areas and a dine-in restaurant.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Tour of Waterloo Station for 4, including recording your very own train announcement

Bid for the opportunity to receive a guided tour of Waterloo Station for 4 people. Plus, get the chance to record a train announcement that will be broadcast in the station! Waterloo is Britain’s largest and busiest station and was opened in 1848 by the London and South Western Railway.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Guided Tour of York ROC for two

Bid to win a guided tour of York Rail Operating Centre. York ROC is the biggest railway control centre in the country, located at the south western end of York railway station.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Behind the Scenes Tour of Kings Cross Station for two

Bid for a Behind the Scenes tour of Kings Cross Station and learn more about the history and development of the station. King’s Cross Station was built as the London hub of the Great Northern Railway in 1852.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Day with Leeds Station Manager and Guided Tour for four

Bid for the chance to enjoy a day at Leeds Station with the Station Manager. Enjoy a guided tour of the station, learning about its history and development.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Trip for two on Scotland’s Railway Helicopter

Bid for the amazing opportunity travel in Scotland’s Railway Helicopter and take in the incredible views! This is once a lifetime opportunity that is not to be missed!

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Glasgow Central Tour for six

Bid for a guided tour of Glasgow Central Station for six people, learning about the history and development of the station. Glasgow Central is one of two principal mainline rail terminals in Glasgow, Scotland. The station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1 August 1879 and is one of 20 managed by Network Rail.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Tour of Euston Station for 4 and record your own announcement

How would you like your voice to be heard across London Euston Station? Bid for this amazing prize for the chance to have a tour of London Euston and record your own announcement to be played in the station.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Drive an Assistance Buggy

Would you like to take part in a driving experience with a twist? Bid for the chance to drive an assistance buggy in a station. You will receive lessons from a member of staff and have the option to take the final exam as well!

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Visit Manchester Rail Operating Centre for four

Bid to win a guided tour of Manchester Rail Operating Centre for you and three others. The ROC, near Ashburys station in Manchester, is one of 12 which will eventually manage the entire rail network across Britain, replacing more than 800 signal boxes and other operational locations currently used to control trains.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Walk over the Ribblehead Viaduct for two

Bid for the amazing opportunity to walk over the Ribblehead Viaduct, which is usually closed off to the public. The Viaduct, located in Cumbria, carries the Settle–Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire. At over 100 feet above the valley floor at its highest point, this is not an experience for the faint hearted!

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Visit Mersey Pumping Station for two

Bid for the chance to visit Mersey Pumping Station and learn about the history and development of the station on a guided tour.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

Tour of Bristol Temple Meads for four

Bid for a guided tour of Bristol Temple Meads, the oldest and largest railway station in Bristol and enjoy learning about the history and development of the station.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

A visit to the Severn Bridge Junction Signal Box, Shrewsbury

Bid for the opportunity to visit the Severn Bridge Junction Signal Box in Shrewsbury for you and 5 others. Recognised as the largest manual signal box in the world and built in the Victorian era, this signal box is still responsible for up to 300 train movements per day.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail.

Make your bid HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit for six to walk Forth Bridge

How would you like to walk the Forth Bridge, the world's first major steel structure? Opened in 1890, the Forth Bridge is a Scottish icon that is recognised the world over as the most famous of cantilever designs. Gain exclusive access to the bridge with this amazing prize.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail

Make your bid HERE

 

Three Bridges ROC visit for four

Bid to win a guided tour of Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre for you and three others. The rail operating centre at Three Bridges in Crawley is one of 12 which will eventually operate the entire rail network across Britain, replacing more than 800 signal boxes and other operational locations currently used to control trains.

Redeem by September 2022. Please note this item is subject to compliance with any current Covid-19 restrictions. If any Covid-19 rules and restrictions apply at the time, these will be adhered to. It may also be likely this visit is postponed until Covid-19 rules allow.

This prize was kindly donated by Network Rail

Make your bid HERE