Support track renewal at The National Tramway Museum – Winter 2019-20
A lot of the tramway track at Crich Tramway Village has been in place for over fifty years. Particular sections now need to be renewed. We will be replacing the section known as ‘the Bandstand Curves’ this winter, which includes installing 500 new hardwood sleepers. The work is essential for us to maintain an operational tramway, so that visitors can enjoy riding on our vintage tramcars.
You can support this essential work by sponsoring a sleeper for £100. In return you will receive a small section of 1st-generation BS2 profile rail that will be removed from the Bandstand Curves during the project. The rail was installed when the line at Crich was first extended to Wakebridge in around 1966.
There will only be 500 sections available and each will be stamped with an edition number. You will also receive a certificate recording the location of your sleeper (the sleeper itself will not be numbered). The individual who sponsors the greatest number of sleepers will receive a unique chrome-plated slice of 1st-generation rail.
If you are unable to sponsor a sleeper but would still like to support this work, then please consider donating a smaller amount towards the project. Anyone who donates £10 or more towards the project can opt to be credited in the Tramway Museum Society Journal and online in a project blog on our website (please select the appropriate box in the Donation Form).
Thanks to the generosity of members of the Tramway Museum Society, £7000 has already been raised towards the costs of the project over just a few weeks, but we still need your support.
Our Facilities Team have been hard at work on the project as part of their Winter works programme, since we closed to the public. The northbound rails have been lifted and old sleepers and ballast have been removed. The first delivery of new sleepers arrived last week.
Keep up to date on progress with the project on our website and social media pages. The appeal closes on 14th March 2020.