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Our 100 Year Old Tram is Back on Track

Tram 5 restoration BCLM

18 December 2017

After a five year restoration project, our 100 year old Tram 5 is now back in service! The restoration was made possible thanks to donations from many generous individuals, businesses and trusts & foundations, including from the Friends of Black Country Living Museum and the Black Country Living Museum Transport Group.

The 32 passenger tram was built in 1919 in Tividale at the works of the Electric Traction Company and operated in the Dudley and Stourbridge area. In the 1970s, Tram 5 was discovered in a garden in the Kate’s Hill area where it was being used as a shed. The tram was donated to us in 1974 and, after a lengthy restoration, started operating at the museum in 1980.

As part of the £120,000 project, elements of Tram 5’s bodywork and structure have been rebuilt and specialist teams have also worked on its motors, brake rigging and paintwork.

It'll rejoin our fleet of historic vehicles which transport you around the Museum site and back into the past!

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