Archive items on display proved to be of great interest to visitors to the Tramway Museum Society 60th Anniversary event on 7th November 2015.
Recently returned to the National Tramway Museum at Crich is the Municipal Tramways Association chain and pendant (shown above). Each lozenge on the chain is inscribed with the name of the President for each year.
Chaceley Humpidge was the Tramway Museum Society's first president from 1958 until 1972, when he passed away.
He was President for the Municipal Tramways Association from 1964 - 1965.
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.
The first half of our new interpretation panels have arrived for the trams in the depot.
These are being installed on the trams in response to our visitors who requested more information about each tram.
They are colour coded, for example Glasgow tram panels are all orange, Blackpool are red and Sheffield dark blue.
They include main facts and a more detailed explanations.
Your feedback on these would be welcomed either via the comment cards or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is always rather satisfying when a project that you have been working on for some time ends and you can see all the hard work that has gone into it.
A recent rather large and sometimes complicated project has been to rescan and in some cases scan for the very first time, a large selection of slides and negatives, that are going towards a new book to be published on the tramways of Portugal.
In 2015 we are shining a spot light on how our tramways continued to operate during the First World War. We have a brand new exhibition for visitors to explore, called Tramway Tommies and Clippie Girls and a week long special event in July.
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.
I spent an enjoyable couple of days out last week visiting Blackpool and Birmingham. I was in Blackpool first with some of our Workshop team, looking at Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, and then Birmingham the following day to see Midland Metro tramcar no.11 launched back into service after it recent livery change.
Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, or Box 40 as it is also know, has been on long term loan to Blackpool Transport for more than seventeen years and can still be seen processing along the sea front as part of the heritage tram weekends.
It’s all go again here at the Museum, as we’re loaning out another one of our trams, which will make it three so far this year! This time we are taking Southampton 45 to Kimberley in Nottinghamshire, for an event to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Notts & Derby tramway.
Originally planned as a tramway system that would cover nearly 79 miles, it eventually ended up being less than 15miles when the tramway opened in 1913.