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Friday, 23 December 2011

Arrival of Blackpool 630 at Crich

 The Blackpool 'brush' car 630 arrived at Crich on Thursday 22nd of December.

In the Workshop along side Blackpool 762

Thank you to Jack Gordon for supplying the photographs http://www.tramways-monthly.com/

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Blackpool 'brush' tramcar 630

The National Tramway Museum has taken delivery of the Blackpool 'brush' tramcar 630. The tram has had some bodywork repairs undertaken and has been fully repainted by Blackpool Transport before being dispatched to Crich.

Blackpool 'Brush' car loaded on to Scotts transporter ready to depart from Blackpool Transports Rigby Road Depot, with Blackpool Tower in the background.

Blackpool 630 on the way to Crich, on the outskirts of Blackpool it was necessary to avoid low hanging traffic lights by driving around the end of its bracket arm!

Blackpool 630 waits patiently in the lay just north of Preston, waiting for a police escort though the centre of the round about under M55 Jct 1, this was necessary as the height of the tram with its tower in place exceeds  16ft 6 inches and therefore is considered to be an out of gauge load.

Blackpool 630 passing under the M55 on the special private gated 'high load' road that has lowered section in the centre of the round about.

Photographs taken on Wednesday 21st December 2011.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bandstand Project

The photographs show the latest process on the development around the Bandstand

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Day at the Trams

Here is a poem we received from Isobel and her Grandparents Brian and Judy. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to share it.

A Day at the Trams

Trams from here and trams from there,
And trams from countries everywhere.
Trams from the seaside, trams from the city.
When gentlemen more suits and hats,
And the ladies dressed so pretty.

You can race up the stairs to get the best place,
Sit on the balcony and get lots of space.
You can wave to the people and they wave back,
As the tram rattles and rumbles to the end of the track.

The trams were electric, horse drawn or steam,
Get your tickets ready! The conductors here with the machine.
When the tram reaches the end of the track, stand up! Shouts the conductor, and turn your seats back.

When we arrive at the last stop, Isobel jumps off the tram and runs to the shop.
She gets out her purse, and has a look round,
Two bouncy balls at 50p each, that just makes a pound.

Then we go for fish and chips, or sometimes just a bun.
So ends a day of laughter, and lots and lots of fun.

Fire Marshall Training

Staff and Volunteers took part in Fire Marshall Training on Sunday 11th and Wednesday 14th of December. Here are some photographs of practical demonstrations.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Sandford Award

The Museum is delighted to announce it has received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education from the Heritage Education Trust. The Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 30th of November in Durham Cathedral and was awarded by Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp.

 Our learning team showing off the award in the new Learning Centre opened in 2011.

The award

Monday, 5 December 2011

Winter Track Work

Here are some of the latest pictures of the track work being carried out on the Glory Mine Extension. As you can see there have been a few wintery showers.

The track is now in place and being secured.