Welcome to Crich Tramway Village News, where you'll find all the latest news and information from the National Tramway Museum.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Award for Cardiff 131

We are pleased to announce that The Heritage Railway Association has bestowed an Award to the Museum in respect of Cardiff 131 in the Self Propelled Vehicle category in the Carriage and Wagon Competition

Cardiff 131 running at the National Tramway Museum on the occasion of the ‘Crich 50’ Members' Day held on 24th May 2009 to celebrate the Society being at Crich for 50 years.

Cardiff 131 running in the period street at the Beamish Open Air Museum, County Durham on 15th April 2010


Cardiff 131 in front of Blackpool Tower on 23 March 2012

All photos courtesy Mike Crabtree

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Grimsby and Immingham No.14 returns

Grimsby and Immingham No.14 returned back to Crich after its trip to Immingham Dock to Celebrate the Centenary.

Photograph of the event at Immingham Dock

The G & I 14 was transported by low loader on Friday 20th July to Immingham Docks. Together with the Association of British Ports an event was held on the 22nd July to celebrate 100 years of the docks. It returned to its home at Crich yesterday.
 The tram being unloaded at Crich on Tuesday 24th July

The loan of G & I 14 is one of many made by the Museum to other organisations to support with various events and celebrations.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Derbyshire Heritage Award

We are delighted to announce that Wonderful Woods Week came Highly Commended in the Inspiration Category at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards which were held at the Museum on Friday 20th July.

Wonderful Woods Week was held over the third week of the Summer Holidays last year by the Learning Department and saw various Woodland themed activities such as Fairy Den Making, Hunt for the Wish Tree, Story Telling as well as Woodland Art and Crafts.

Learning Officer Helen Parr with the award

After last years success, Wonderful Woods Week returns this year on Monday 13th - Friday 17th August.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Bandstand Opening

The Mayoral Party arrive by tram at the Bandstand

(L-R) Mayor of Trafford Patricia Young, Consort Councillor Michael Young, Mayoress Maureen Nelson and Mayor of Amber Valley Councillor John Nelson.

The Mayoral Parties with TMS President Chris Thornburn

The Mayors of Amber Valley and Trafford cutting the ribbon

Thursday, 12 July 2012

BBC East Midlands Today

If you missed the article on East Midlands Today yesterday featuring LUT 159, please see the link below.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Launch of LUT 159

London United Tramways 159 was launched on Saturday 7th July. Here are some photographs from the launch. Following an incident during the launch, 159 is currently unavailable for passenger service.

LUT 159 is driven out of the workshop for the official launch


Sir George White, the descendant of the founder of LUT and Ian Ross, Chairman of sponsors LCCTT


Chris Thornburn the TMS President, Carroll Taylor of the family who once lived in 159, and Ian Ross


Chris Thornburn addressing the assembly

Leaving the depot on its first trip, carrying the VIP guests and TMS officials


Some of the VIPs on the upper deck returning under the Bowes Lyon bridge


LUT 159 and the other working London trams 1622 and 331 about to enter public service


Saturday, 7 July 2012

LUT 159

LUT 159 suffered a minor failure towards the end of today's launch. Unfortunately, as a result of this it is unlikely that the car will be operating in passenger service for the London 60 event. Although - weather permitting - the car should be on display subject to some early morning tinkering. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

60 Years since the Last London Tram

Today marks 60 years to the day that the last tram ran in London.

Join us to commemorate this anniversary on  Saturday 7th July for the launch of LUT 159 and Sunday 8th July for our London 60 event.

We are also holding a book sale in the Exhibition Hall on Sunday 8th July where surplus books will be on sale from the library. See if you can complete your collection!

Photographs of London Trams taken in 1929.