Railway Benefit Fund launches rail experiences auction


The Railway Benefit Fund’s popular Auction of Experiences is back for 2022 – with more than 40 money-can’t-buy rail experiences available to bid for.

Being held as part of the RBF’s Railway Family Week event, all money raised from the auction will support railway families through difficult times.

The charity has grouped the prizes into 5 categories:

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Experiences with a Difference: Cab and helicopter rides in Scotland, a day at the British Transport Police Dog School, drive a Routemaster bus, walk the Forth Bridge, or spend the day with Network Rail on its New Measurement Train or Observation Saloon on Caroline.

Behind the Scenes: Depot and ROC visits, simulator drives and tours of major stations where you can even record an announcement, or drive an assistance buggy.

Tickets to Travel: Travel overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper, enjoy a Branch Line Society railtour, or a family day out on the Scarborough Spa Express or The Dalesman.

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Great Days Out: Take part in the RBF Golf Day, travel on The Royal Charter, or take a tram tour in Blackpool.

Memorabilia: Bid for a First Class Pendolino seat for your office or a station sign for your wall.

RBF president Pete Waterman has also kindly donated three exceptional prizes – a day with him at his ‘Making Tracks’ exhibition at Chester Cathedral; the chance to visit his home in Cheshire to play trains on his model railway; and a day on the footplate of his Small Prairie 5553 at Peak Rail.

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Railway Family Week – taking place from today until Saturday – is a fundraising and awareness event bringing together the whole rail industry, while aiming to raise £50,000 for the Railway Benefit Fund.

The auction is now live and will close on Thursday, May 5 at 6pm. New prizes are added daily, so be sure to check back regularly. Place your bid here. If you have any experiences you would like to donate to our auction, please contact [email protected]

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