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.
Another interesting display, was the invoice note and receipt for the first tramcar purchased, which was Southampton 45 in 1948.
‘The Tramway Museum Story’ publication explains that the ceremonial handover of Southampton 45 involved Jay Fowler, representing the Light Rail Transport League, who drove 45 out of Marton Depot, Blackpool, and handed over the controller key to Major Charles Walker, representing the embryonic TMS, who then drove it back in again.