Stormy scene over the Crich Monument

Latest news from the area

Page 1 of 27 Next

Organisations news

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

Time Stands Still for Police Box at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Picture of rare police box at Crich ~Tramway Village

A rare historic police box dating from the 1930s is to be restored at Crich Tramway Village.

The Metropolitan Police Box was once a familiar site on the streets of London, but the example at Crich is believed to be the last known survivor of this particular MK2 type.

Designed by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench in 1929, the box contained a telephone for police officers to communicate directly with stations before portable radios were introduced. Equally important was the facility for members of the public to use the box to call the Police for help. A similar model is featured as the T.A.R.D.I.S ®TM in the popular TV series, Dr. Who, though the Crich Tramway model does not have time travel capabilities!

Close up of deterioration of the rare MK2 police box at the Tramway Village

The Grade II Listed police box arrived at the Museum in 1983 after being donated by the Metropolitan Police and transported from London. It has stood at Crich for nearly 40 years as part of the period street that trams operate on. Despite repairs carried out in the past, the concrete body has been deteriorating over the last few years and requires specialist repairs from an experienced contractor to prevent it weakening further.

Museum Curator Kate Watts said:

“Whilst Crich Tramway Village is obviously known for its trams, we also have a significant collection of street furniture items, which are also historically important. We’re glad to be giving the police box the attention it needs to preserve it for years to come. We believe this is the last remaining example of the iconic MK2 design, so it’s vital that we preserve it. If anyone knows of any others, we’d love to hear from them!”

The museum is grateful to have received a grant from Arts Council England, through Museum Development East Midlands, towards the cost of the project and would welcome any contributions towards the cost of over £4000 the Museum will have to fund itself. Donations can be made via the museum’s website:

Pictures and copy courtesy of 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.

Event Facebook page -

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.


Crich Tramway Village Temporarily Closed

by Geoff Brown

Picture of tram at Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, has decided to close temporarily due to safety concerns.

Following a visit on Tuesday 17th May by an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), two distinct areas of concern were highlighted.

One covers the Depot Fan, where the trams enter and exit the depots, and the other is an area in the main street near the Red Lion pub.

In practice, for safety reasons, this means that the vintage trams cannot be moved in or out of the depots and in addition, visitors are not permitted into these areas, which renders the Exhibition Hall, Indoor Play Area, Depot and Red Lion currently inaccessible. 

The management are liaising with contractors about a timescale for the structural maintenance to correct the situation.

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

“It is fair to say that our maintenance regime suffered badly during the pandemic and has further not been helped by the contractors we have asked to carry out the work, having their own difficulties. We take safety very seriously at the Museum and have taken the decision that the Museum will now be closed to all visitors temporarily, which is deeply regrettable and frustrating for all concerned”.

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

Copy provided by Crch Tramway Museum.


Page 1 of 27 Next