World War I commemorations have been a focus this year, with global remembrance and tributes to the Great War.
Crich Tramway Village is no exception, and with their Great War Home Front event from 13th – 19th July this year, their Curator and Workshop teams set about transforming their Chesterfield 7 tramcar into a replica operational Recruitment Tramcar, showing how trams were used to help with the Great War recruiting process.
The launch of Liverpool ‘Liner’ 869 back into passenger service took place, as planned, at 11.00am on Saturday 19th September. The tramcar was popular throughout its first day in service and we are looking forward to seeing it operate frequently for the last few weeks of the 2015 season.
Only a week to go now until our TMS 60 event on the 19th September, which is one of our events taking place this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tramway Museum Society.
It has been an early morning start for our Workshop team, who are starting to bring together the final pieces of the puzzle, ready for the big event next Saturday.
Of course that means that tramcars have been on the move today.
The Commercial and Work Vehicle Event on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September attracted enthusiasts with their vintage and classic vehicles.
Best in Show winner for Saturday was Mr. M.J. Costigan with his Lancia Appia 1952 (below left), while Mr. R. M Rose took the prize on Sunday for his superb 1957 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire (pictured above right with one of the Event Organisers, Doug Kightley.
Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to the winners.
Congratulations to Ian Bailey who has recently passed his driver training to become a welcome addition to the driving crew.
Ian started as a volunteer at Crich Tramway Village in March 2013 and went on to become a qualified conductor in July of the same year.
In April 2015 Ian applied for driver training, which consisted of a 6 day intensive course and assessment, plus practical driving with a qualified driver in passenger service.
After passing his driver training, Ian's first day as a qualified driver was on Tuesday 1st September.
A donation was recently made to The Air Ambulance by Christine Shawcross, following donations to the family after the death of her husband and long serving volunteer John and Christine's Mother, Marjorie.
A total of £1983.60 was raised, which exceeds one of the Air Ambulance call out costs of £1,700.
The photograph shows (left to right): Tramway Museum Society President, David Frodsham; Christine Shawcross; Collette Richardson.
Collette Richardson. Air Ambulance Fundraising Co-ordinator for Derbyshire and Yorkshire said:
Discovery Week finishes this week-end with a Science Boffin in the Learning Centre on Saturday 22nd August from 10.30am.
There's a Model Tram and Railway Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibition Hall and Workshop Gallery, which will include Karolina Falls, an On30 layout with passenger and logging trains passing the falls. The layout features a real waterfall cascading into the ravine below.
Another high light is the Leyburn Avenue - Norbreck a small section of the 'Tramroad' portraying a heritage tram service.
We are sorry to advise our visitors that the horse tram will not be running on Tuesday 18th August 2015 due to the handler having an injury. We wish Peter a speedy recovery and will up-date you when we have further news regarding whether the horse will be here for Thursday 20th August 2015.