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Trams running again at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Representatives from Crich Tramway Village & Nottingham Trams at reinstatement of tram services

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, is pleased to announce that following some essential safety work, the vintage trams are running again, and the museum is excited to welcome visitors, old and new, back for the summer visits.

The Derbyshire attraction has not been able to open all facilities, including tram operation, since 18th May this year, following a visit on Tuesday 17th May by an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Two traction poles, which hold up the overhead line in the depot area, had become corroded and were deemed to be a safety risk and hence the tram depots, main Exhibition Hall and children’s soft play area were cordoned off.

New traction poles had to be sourced and were kindly donated by NET operator, Nottingham Trams Limited who were quick to offer both support and the urgently needed replacement poles, known as masts.

Representatives from Crich Tramway Village & Nottingham Trams at reinstatement of tram services

Specialist contractors, Pod-Trak Ltd., were engaged to undertake the traction pole replacement.

Graeme Wigglesworth, Engineering Manager at Crich Tramway Village, said:

“This important safety work had to be carried out before we could permit access to the affected areas to safeguard the public, our staff and volunteers. We are extremely grateful to Nottingham Trams Limited for their support and are pleased to say that the work has been carried out efficiently by Pod-Trak Ltd. The overhead line is now in good working order and trams are no longer restricted to 4 mph.”

Trevor Stocker, Head of Operations at Nottingham Trams Ltd said:

“We are proud to be able to support Crich Tramway Village where we can and on this occasion our Engineering team were able to help, which is great news.”

Dr Mike Galer, General Manager, Crich Tramway Village said:

“I am delighted that we are able to re-open again with all facilities. I am grateful to all the volunteers and staff at Crich who worked tirelessly to resolve the issues and to do so much more while we were closed. 

“As a thank you to Nottingham Trams Limited, we will be offering NET staff free admission to Crich Tramway Village for the rest of this season. We are also offering discounted rates to residents living within 5 miles of Crich for the month of July.”

Crich Tramway Village will open Saturday 2nd July with all facilities available. The Classic Motorcycle Day on Sunday 3rd July will also go ahead with trams in operation.

For more information on opening dates, times, and prices at Crich Tramway Village please visit:  

For information on Nottingham Trams please visit:

Photos attached show from Left to Right:

Dr Mike Galer – Crich Tramway Village General Manager; Phillip Terry from Nottingham Trams Limited; Graeme Wigglesworth – Engineering Manager at Crich Tramway Village; Trevor Stocker – Head of Operations at Nottingham Trams Limited; Glenn Oakes – from Nottingham Trams Limited.

One of the new masts can be seen behind the tram (which is Blackpool 167).

Copy and pictutes provided by Crich Tramway Village

Classic Motorcycle Day at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Row of classic bikes at crich Tramway Village

This year’s ‘Classic Motorcycle Day’ at Crich Tramway Village will be the fifth event for the partnership with the Vincent HRD Owners Club and with sponsorship from Derwent Waste Management.

The event attracts around 300 motorcycles, made up of vintage machines to relatively modern machines of the1990’s, all of which must be over 25yrs old. 

A live band will play at the bandstand during the day and there are numerous trophies for the best machines judged by expert judges, including Best Original Motorcycle judged by the editor of Old Bike Mart, Blue Miller. 

The ‘Best in Show’ Trophy will, again, be voted for by the visiting public, who are encouraged to browse the whole display before making their selection.

Best International and best pre-war bikes from 2021

With 2022 being the year that the Kawasaki Z900’s celebrate their 50th anniversary, the organisers hope for an impressive line-up of Z1’s.

Entry to the event is free for all riders of classic machines and scooters. There is catering on site, a pub and plenty of areas to relax in or go for a walk.

Whilst trams are not currently running, safety work is being conducted this month to get the trams running again in July, but whilst the Tramway management can’t guarantee trams will be running at this stage, they can guarantee the Classic Motorcycle Day will go ahead, even without the trams.

Vincent HRD Owners Club organiser, Jon Lambley said:

“Many of the classic motorcycle owners consider this event to be one of the most important in the year, and we hope that everyone will enjoy this year’s display and vote for their favourite machine.”

To register your machine before 24th June, visit the Crich Tramway Village website: and post your form with SAE to the address on the form.

For further information visit: or telephone number 01773 854321.

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Text and pictures supplied by Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village - Limited Opening Update

by Geoff Brown

Trams at Crich Tramway Village

Further to our last post, Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, is pleased to report that some of the areas are now open to the public, although trams are still not running.

Following an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), two distinct areas of concern were high-lighted and safety restrictions meant that the Derbyshire attraction decided to close to the public. After completion of detailed repairs on the traction pole in the main street near the Red Lion pub, the restriction has been formally lifted, allowing access to the main street, refreshments, shops, Stephenson’s Discovery Centre, Workshop Viewing Gallery and Eagle Press.

The other restriction on the Depot Fan, where the trams enter and exit the depots requires more extensive work by external contractors, and as such the tram depots, Exhibition Hall and indoor play area unfortunately remain closed, and it is therefore not possible to move and operate trams.

The management will keep the public updated through their website and social media as to when trams will be able to resume operation.

Dr Mike Galer, General Manager at Crich Tramway Village, said:

“We take safety very seriously at the Museum and we are opening the areas which are no longer under a safety restriction to visitors.

Our Great British Seaside Event planned for Saturday 28th May to Saturday 4th June will go ahead with the entertainment planned, but without the trams running.

Since we cannot operate our trams and still have some areas closed, we are offering a discounted day entry price of just £10.00 for adults and offering free admission to children. Those visitors wishing to purchase free return tickets may still do so at our standard prices, so that they can return when all areas are fully accessible again.”

Up-dates for re-opening can be found on the website: and social media sites: and

Tickets should be purchased on arrival, as the discounted day tickets are not available online.

Copy provided by Crich Tramway Village.


New Season at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

LPTB 1622, the largest class of tram in the UK used in London between 1912 1nd 1940

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, re-opens after winter maintenance on Saturday 12th March 2022.

After a difficult couple of years, the popular visitor attraction managed to open for some time during 2020 and 2021, though operating under government Covid-19 guidelines, which meant limited access to some of the facilities. 

Now that the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, all the facilities will be open, though with continued measures to maintain high levels of hygiene.

The team at Crich look forward to launching refurbished tram, Newcastle 102, into service later in the season following further checks. 

LPTB 1622 is the only remaining working example of the largest class of tramcars from anywhere in the UK, and will be running complete with waist panel adverts, similar to those it would have carried in London between 1912 and 1940.

London United tram 159
London United tram 159

Another popular London tram, London United Tramways 159, originally built to an elegant Edwardian design to appeal to the fashionable West London districts of Hampton Court, Hammersmith and Wimbledon in 1901, has required some maintenance, but should join the operating fleet after final adjustments.

Engineering Manager, Graeme Wigglesworth, said:

“The Workshop and Facilities Teams have worked tirelessly over the winter on the maintenance and refurbishment of the trams, track, overhead line and general infrastructure, and we are ready to welcome new and returning visitors to Crich Tramway Village from 12th March.”

Newcastle 102 tram
Newcastle 102 tram

There is an exciting programme of special events for the 2022 season, which sees the return of popular favourites, such as ‘Memories of the 1940s’, ‘Great British Seaside’ ‘Classic Motorcycle Day’ ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ and ‘Steampunk Weekend’, plus new events such as ‘Dinosaur Day’ and a weekend dedicated to ‘Yarn Bombing’. The ever popular ‘Tram Day’ on 17th September, features many of the operational trams running, and offers the chance to experience the return trip into the beautiful Derbyshire countryside from a variety of trams, each with their own distinctive interiors and ride experience. For more information, please visit:

Article provided by Amanda Blair. Photos by Peter Whiteley


Paediatric First Aid Course

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Course

Popalong Babies, Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group and Derbyshire Toy Libraries have come together to organise a paediatric first aid course for parents and carers. This will take place on:

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Coures

When: Tuesday 15th February

Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, attendees must arrive 10 minutes before for a prompt start

Where: Fritchley Village Hall, Chapel Street, Fritchley, DE56 2FR (behind the Congregational Church). Parking available in the village square.

Cost: £20 per person, to be paid in advance.

Discount: Thanks to Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group, Patients of Crich Medical Practice are eligible to receive a discounted rate of £10 per person, to be paid in advance.

Booking: To register your interest, please click on this link note: your booking isn’t confirmed until payment has been made.  Payment details will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed registration form. The Course requires a minimum of 6 people in order to run.

Note: First Aid kits will be available to buy for £11.99 on the day, so please bring cash if you would like to make a purchase.

Further information: If you need any further information ahead of booking your place, please email

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