The London Transport Museum Battle Bus, which is currently at Crich as part of the Great War event for this week and the coming weekend, is a true veteran, having been one of the London buses which went to war in 1914. As was appropriate, it was driven up the hill to Crich Stand to pay its respects at the memorial to the soldiers of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment who gave their lives in the First World War.
Great value Afternoon Teas are available in the Poulson Room, above the Red Lion this week-end. Book to avoid disappointment.
Full Afternoon Teas to be served in
The Poulson Room
on Saturday 18th July and Sunday 19th July from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Battle Bus Arrives!
From the Somme to the Derwent Valley! The Battle Bus has arrived at Crich. B2723 was built in January 1914 and entered service on London General Omnibus Company route 9, between Barnes and Liverpool Street, but was soon commandeered by the War Office and sent to war as a troop carrier. It has been restored to wartime condition, by the London Transport Museum, to commemorate the 1000 plus vehicles of the type that gave sterling service in the First World War.
London Transport Museum’s 1st World War Battle Bus heads for Crich.
On Wednesday 15th July the London Transport Museum's Battle Bus was loaded on to road transport for this iconic vehicle to commence its long journey north to join in the Great War event at The National Tramway Museum, Crich
The Battle Bus is seen here ready to depart London Transport’s Museum Store at Acton.
Photo courtesy: Mike Crabtree
We had a great start to our World War I Event on Monday with a presentation on 'Derbyshire Yeomanry Go to War' and World War I songs played on original gramophones.
Tuesday 14th July, there's a presentation on 'Derby at War' in the Learning Centre at 11.00 am.
Looking ahead to Wednesday 15th July, the very popular Horse Tram, pulled by Joseph, will be in operation between 11.00am and 1.00pm and then from 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
Model Rail Sale
A model tram sale will take place at the Model Tram and Railway Exhibition on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015 from 10am to 5pm at Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum.
Surplus and duplicate pre-loved stock will be on sale, with prices ranging from £2.00 for plastic models to £75.00 for brass Suydam items.
Popular makes such as Bec Kits, Bowser, Corgi, Hadfield, Hamo, Keil Kraft, Original Omnibus, and Tower are included in the sale.
Sam Smith has just completed his training and passed his test to become a tram conductor.
Sam, aged 16 from Derby, is a student at Friesland School in Sandiacre, Nottingham and although training for nearly a year, had to stop to make time to take his exams.
He is a regular volunteer at Crich Tramway Village, generally working in the Workshop, and now he can add the role of conductor to his activities.
Sam said: "I've been interested in trams since I was a child and I came to Crich Tramway Village. I'm thrilled to have passed".
The school holidays are almost with us and Crich Tramway Village has planned a full programme of additional activities for all the family.
Our favourite horse, Joseph, will be with us for three days to give rides on horse tram Sheffield 15 on Wednesday 15th July, Tuesday 18th August and Thursday 20th August. The tram is 140 years old, but Joseph is only 12 and incredibly strong!
A week-end for retired drivers and conductors was held at Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. The event provided the opportunity for retired drivers and conductors to enjoy a brief drive or to conduct and to meet old friends.
Crich has always been active in keeping young people interested in the history and the future of the museum, and we are sure they will keep the Museum running for many years to come. We always love it when we have new recruits, and the young member’s team (Rich and Ryan) are always looking to get more young members conducting on board our trams. Trams aren’t just boy’s toys either, as we have a few ladies, and young ladies who join us in keeping the trams running.