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Out and about with Box 40 and Blackpool 167

July 23rd, 2014

Readers of our Blog will have seen that for the last few months we've been posting regular updates on this years overhaul work that has taken place with our Blackpool & Fleetwood 'Box' 40 tramcar. The project has been a joint one between ourselves the National Tramway Museum, and Blackpool Transport Services, who have had the tramcar on long term loan for a number of years. The project has been generously supported by a number of sponsors including the Flyde Transport Society, Dorlec Limited, Scotts Heavy Haulage and the Friends of 40 group.

The arrival of Box 40

July 22nd, 2014
Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 on Monday 21st July 2014 was transferred from Blackpool’s Rigby road Depot to the National tramway Museum at Crich for a period of operation including the Electric 50 event this coming September.

Newcastle 114 to join Electric 50 Celebrations

July 17th, 2014
We are excited to announce in our 50th year of running electric trams at Crich, the loan of Newcastle 114 from Beamish, the Living Museum of the North.

Crich Memorial Stand

July 10th, 2014
Since the start of our 2014 season our northern terminus, “Glory Mine”, has been an alighting point and increasing numbers of visitors have been taking advantage of this facility when the weather has been fine.

Blackpool and Fleetwood Box 40 testing

July 10th, 2014
The curatorial and engineering team took a trip up to sunny Blackpool to see the first test run of Box 40 since both the body and truck were re-united.

50 years of Electric Trams (2)

July 7th, 2014
On 5th July 1964, at 2 pm, the electric tram service at Crich was inaugurated when Blackpool & Fleetwood toastrack No 2 carried passengers the short distance, from near where the Derby Assembly Rooms are now sited, to the current site of the Depot Gates.

50 Years of Electric Trams

July 4th, 2014
On the 5th July at 2pm we mark the 50th anniversary of the first passenger carrying tram at Crich. The tram itself was Blackpool and Fleetwood ‘toastrack’ 2 which is still in regular operation at Crich today.

Radio Derby

June 30th, 2014
On Saturday 28th June, two of our volunteer conductors Gordon Burch and Ryan Breen did a live interview with Andy Potter on Radio Derby.

Retired Drivers Day

June 26th, 2014
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, 26 of our retired drivers joined us at Crich for the opportunity to get behind the controls of a tram again.

Oporto 273 incident

June 25th, 2014

Today at 1.40pm Oporto 273 overshot the terminus and hit the banking at Town End. No passengers were on-board at the time and the rest of the tram service resumed shortly after. The driver was treated for minor injuries. The incident is currently under investigation by our Traffic and Engineering Teams. Dr Mike Galer, General Manager.

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