Electric 50 at the National Tramway Museum, Crich :: Shared Description

This was a two-day event held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14 September 2014 to celebrate 50 years of operation of electric trams at the Museum. This is longer than the majority of British electric tramway operators managed to achieve.

On both days a cavalcade of 25 passenger cars was operated, a greater number than had ever been achieved previously. In addition 2 restored non-passenger cars (131 and 330) joined the cavalcade on Sunday.

The line-up on Saturday was set up to represent the order in which the cars have been restored. On Sunday the line up represented the development of the electric tramcar in the British Isles from around 1900 onwards.

The following cars took part in the cavalcades:

Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Rack’ 2
Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ 40 (visiting from Blackpool where it is on long term loan from the Museum)
Southampton 45
Blackpool Balcony 40
Glasgow 22
Sheffield 510
Glasgow 812
Leeds 180
Blackpool 166
Glasgow 1068
Blackpool 167
Blackpool 236
MET 331
Leeds 399
Sheffield 74
Chesterfield 7
London 1622
Berlin 3006
Oporto 273
Leeds 345
Blackpool 630
LUT 159
Blackpool 711 (visiting from Blackpool)
Blackpool 762
Newcastle 114 (visiting from Beamish Open Air Museum)

The non-passenger cars operated were

Cardiff 131
Sheffield 330
Blackpool Electric loco

As a prelude to the event, the service the day before was operated by the three visiting cars, Box 40, 114 and 711, to give an opportunity for visitors to get some operational views away from the crowds of the main event. On both Saturday and Sunday special photo opportunities were set up featuring particular groups of tramcars.

The final act of the weekend was to operate all four available operational open-top double-deck cars on the last departure of the day on Sunday. This was a unique opportunity, as one was the visiting Newcastle 114, and another was Southampton 45, making its final journey before being retired indefinitely after several years of active service.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK3455 : Water cars Cardiff 131 and Sheffield 330 bring up the rear of the Sunday cavalcade by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Specially posed by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : View from the Bowes Lyon Bridge with Newcastle 114 approaching by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Time for a break by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Trams and photographers at Glory Mine before the cavalcade by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Blackpool 630 on the depot yard by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Intensive service before the main cavalcade by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Blackpool 49 passing the depot entrance, 1978 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Newcastle 114 at the car park stop by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Cardiff 131 and Sheffield 330 at Glory Mine by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Blackpool and Fleetwood 'Box' 40 at the Victoria Park stop by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Blackpool 711 passing the workshops by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Blackpool and Fleetwood 'Box' 40 at the car park stop by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Blackpool trams in service at Wakebridge before the cavalcade by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Trams as far as the eye can see by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : The Saturday cavalcade at Victoria Park by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Blackpool and Fleetwood 'Box' 40 at Town End by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : North-east line-up by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : The Saturday cavalcade at Victoria Park with crowds of photographers by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Four open top double deck cars at Glory Mine by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Blackpool and Fleetwood 'Box' 40 approaching the Bowes Lyon Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Four open top double deck cars at Glory Mine by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Newcastle 114 leaving for Glory Mine by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3454 : Blackpool and Fleetwood 'Box' 40 on the street section by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3455 : Newcastle 114 at Glory Mine by Alan Murray-Rust

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Created: Fri, 12 Sep 2014, Updated: Tue, 16 Sep 2014

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