Tram Museum in Derbyshire

From centre stage to centre “track” my visit through the rolling green hills of Tram Museum in Derbyshire, North England, to view some of the country’s finest design treasures gave an insight into the fascinating world of trams and is simply a must.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester is the patron of Crich Tramway Village. He re-opened this fascinating educational establishment in 1976.

This particular transport museum is parred excellent in the curation, history, exhibiting and detailing of such a specialised mode of transport. The stars of the show are the impeccably kept trams from static displays of horse-drawn to steam and electric vehicles. The highlight for me had to be a trip on the various trams rattling up the quarry track and back with fully traditionally attired drivers and conductors.

Comprehensive detailed facts from the workforce & engineering to finely detailed design are all found in the various areas.

One of the most important archives of its type in the world and the John Price Memorial Library are proudly at the heart of the museum (advance viewing appointments can be made).

Dedicated staff, passionate about this subject, usually start through volunteering.

With the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund the state of the art learning facility, The George Stephenson Discovery Centre, is highly informative for kids, students, adults, family, groups and special occasions, and even a “tram anorak” will gain new facts!

Louis Mariette

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