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Nottingham Trams Memorabilia Donated to the National Tram Museum

by Geoff Brown

Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village

Nottingham Trams Limited., operators of Nottingham Express Transit (NET), has donated some tram buffers and old tram signs to Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, near Matlock.

Trevor Stocker, Operations Manager at Nottingham Trams, said that passing on the signage to Crich has also strengthened links between Nottingham’s state-of-the-art tram network and the historic tramway.

“We’ve donated buffers that were originally installed at the Old Station Street tram stop and these are now in operation at the Glory Mine end of the preserved tram line,” he explained.

“The fact we have a number of employees volunteering at the museum in their spare time also reflects NET’s commitment to preserving our transport heritage, while delivering the best possible service to customers, both now and in the future.”

Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village
Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village

In addition, Ryan Breen, who works as a driver at Nottingham Trams and as a volunteer at Crich Tramway Village, believed that some old Nottingham Trams signage could be useful in future exhibitions at the Museum. Ryan explained

“The majority of the museum’s collection is from the first generation of tramways that almost all closed in the 1960s, and opportunities to preserve memorabilia from second-generation systems are, at the moment, very uncommon,”

The museum is now looking to feature the signs as part of a display to illustrate the history of trams in Nottingham, from the days of Nottingham Corporation Tramways to NET, filling a current gap in the history books. New Curator at the Museum, Kate Watts, said:

“It’s important that the museum continues to tell the national story of tramways by collecting items relating to the current systems in use. These signs from Nottingham (NET) are a welcome addition to the collection and the curatorial team are now planning how best to display them for visitors”.

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