Welcome to Crich Tramway Village News, where you'll find all the latest news and information from the National Tramway Museum.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Starlight Halloween - Saturday 30th October

Don't miss our fantastic Starlight Halloween event on Saturday 30th October.  There'll be:
  • Spooky woodland ghost walks
  • Spectacular lighting effects
  • Unlimited tram rides
  • Halloween decorated trams
  • Creepy creatures lurking in the trees
  • Trams running until 9pm
  • Folk Friendzy Dancers
  • Fairground
  • Candyfloss and hot chestnuts
  • Face Painting
  • Music playing from the witches lair
  • Spooky themed menu in Rita's Tearooms and the Red Lion
  • FREE entry for children in Halloween costume
  • Plus lots more..
Porter, Puckle-Bat the Wicked Imp and Haggity the Black Witch look forward to your visit.  Don't forget to upload your photos to our Facebook page.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

We're open!

The water main was repaired overnight and we're open today - Wednesday 27 October.

Again, our apologies for any inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Please note that the Museum will be closed today (Tuesday 26th October) due to a burst water main.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Red Lion

This eerie picture was taken of the Red Lion at 8:30pm on Friday evening.

A frosty morning

In preparation for our Starlight Halloween event this Saturday, the spiders have been busy decorating the site.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Interactive Half-Term Fun!

There’s half-term fun for all the family at Crich Tramway Village next week. Come along and try out the brand new interactive displays showing how horse, steam and electric power were used in trams over the last 150 years. Experience the sights, sounds and smells from the past as history is truly brought to life.

Plus drop in for Halloween craft activities from Monday 24th - Friday 29th October any time between 1pm and 3pm and make your very own scary Halloween mask to take away with you.

Photograph: Hattie and Betty (5 & 7) from Shepshed, Loughborough were the first children to try out the brand new interactive displays.

Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation

The Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation (or TSO), a supporting body for the procurement, restoration and overhaul of heritage tramcars at the National Tramway Museum has launched a new website http://tramcarsponsorship.org/

Find out about past, current and future projects and how become a member.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Bus and Tram

yourbus, which operates the Monday - Saturday services through Crich to and from Alfreton, Belper, Matlock and Ripley, is displaying our advert on some of its vehicles.

Picture courtesy of Tramway Museum Society member Hazel Quarmby.

The company's timetable leaflet now includes a Crich Tramway Village discount voucher, valid until the end of 2011.


Tuesday, 19 October 2010


We are delighted to announce that the Museum has been officially ‘Accredited’ by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). Click here to read more.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

National Poetry Day

October 7th was National Poetry Day.  We really like this poem that was kindly sent in to us by Oliver, visiting from New Zealand:

We come from a land far away,
Visiting Crich for the day,
We've been on the tram,
And tried scones and jam,
We've really enjoyed our stay.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Sheffield 510 arrives at Crich

After taking part in Sheffield's last tram celebrations earlier that month, official last tramcar 510 moved to Crich on 29 October 1960.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Sheffield 74

Sheffield 74 is running today, 50 years to the day since the last trams ran on Sheffield's first generation tramway.  It is crewed by Alan and Ruth, both from Sheffield.

Sheffield 8 October 1960

Today sees 50 years since the end of Sheffield's first-generation tramway system.

Tramcar services on the remaining routes operated for part of the day.

Tenter Street Depot.

Decorated works car 349 ready to lead the final procession.

Tramway Museum Society members on board car 46 during the final procession.

This vehicle, along with several other Sheffield tramcars, is now part of our collection.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Sheffield's Last Tram Week 1960

A selection of images from the Museum's collection illustrating some of the activities which took place during the last week of Sheffield's first-generation tramway, from 2 to 8 October 1960.

Decorated 349 toured the city during the week.

A special tour on 2 October.

Car 46 was test-run prior to the final day's procession.

Works car 330 is seen at Millhouses, with the abandoned loop in the background in the process of being resurfaced for buses.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Look North

Tom Ingall of BBC Look North's South Yorkshire Region visited us today to record an item commemorating 50 years since the closure of Sheffield's first-generation tramway.

Sheffield 510, currently out of service awaiting a workshop slot, made a brief appearance outside the depot.

The piece is due to air in the relevant region on Friday's programme (8 October), 50 years to the day.

Sheffield's last tram

Saturday 08 October 1960 was the final day of Sheffield’s first-generation tramway system.

This image, from the National Tramway Museum’s archives, shows tramcar no. 509 at Cole’s Corner on that final day.

Similar tramcar no. 510, Sheffield’s official ‘last tramcar’, is now preserved at the National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire.