Saturday, November 12, 2016

Finishing up the cake at Crich


Early November isn't the ideal time to visit the National Tramway Museum, high up in the Derbyshire countryside. It's cold and can be windy, but at least the rain held off for the members day.

I'm not sure quite what's so special about it, but the trams are running, the galleries open and all looks good. OK, you can't buy an ice cream but it wasn't really the weather for one. There was cake though, and I suspect that using stocks of food up before the closed season might be the main reason for the event. All I can say is, excellent idea. I did my bit to help.

Hopper tram

Not having visited for a few year, the education suite was new to me. Inside, the curator was showing off some of the recently donated items including a ledger with the neatest handwriting in the world and a catalogue for anyone looking to buy trams from which I grabbed this shot of an Argentinian hopper tram. That would make an interesting model - a RTR wagon conversion perhaps? 

1 comment:

Huw Griffiths said...

That hopper tram looks very interesting.

Saying that, one book I've got includes photos of a side tipping tram - complete with overhead trolley pole - for use on the Prague network.

Other "specials" shown in the same book include a Tatra T3 with most of the back end of the body chopped off - a large flat freight area - and a crane.

As all of these were built rather a long time ago, I'm not sure if any survive.