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Getting Tram 5 Back on Track

Thanks to your support and donations, we're now in the process of getting our authentic 1920s single-decker, Tram 5, back on track. 

Tram 5 was built in 1920 in Tividale, at the works of the Electric Traction Company and operated in the Dudley and Stourbridge area. Thirty-one trams of this design were constructed at the Tividale works and tram 5 is one of only a handful that survives. Trams disappeared from the Dudley townscape in the 1930s.

In the 1970s, Tram 5 was discovered in a garden in the Kate’s Hill area where she was used as a shed/garden house. She was donated to the Black Country Living Museum in 1974 and, after a lengthy restoration, started operating at the museum in 1980. 

Despite once being used as a garden shed (!), Tram 5 has put in many hours transporting thousands of our visitors and so required some much-needed TLC in the form of a £75,000 overhaul. 

For the past few months, Tram 5 has been located at Llangollen Railway in Wales where it was undergoing  vital conservation work.  We're now in the final stages of completing vital electrical work and hope to have  Tram 5 back in action again soon.

Now that the funds have been raised, how can you get involved?

We still need your support!

  • If you would like to donate your skills, time or expertise find out how to  become a volunteer .
  • Become a member  -  get closer to our collections and enjoy exclusive benefits whilst supporting important heritage projects like this.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our funders including:

Black Country Museum Transport Group, The Owen Family Trust, Friends of Black Country Museum, Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity and The Geoff Hill Charitable Trust and generous individuals including our visitors at BCLM.

 

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