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Return of Historic Tramway

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27 July 2015

Visitors will once again be able to take a ride on our authentic Edwardian
tramway after its repair and return to operation. Trams 49 (a 1909 open
top) and 34 (a 1919 single decker) now transport visitors along a shortened ‘half route’ from the mine to the tram depot while the rest of the track is repaired for September 2015. The last remaining funds for our Tram No.5 are however needed to complete its restoration.

Our Museum runs the only 3’6" gauge electric tramway in a British museum, however it was removed from the visitor offer in December 2013 in order to undertake rigorous repairs to both track and vehicles. Tram 34 has had extensive work done to its roof and body, while tram 49 has had entirely new brakes – both have undergone meticulous electrical and mechanical safety checks. Over the coming
months the entire track will be replaced in a phased work programme, with visitors able to enjoy the full journey by the end of the year.

Fundraising to restore the Museum’s first tram, No. 5 (a Tividale single-decker built in 1920) is almost complete. Tram 5 once operated in the Dudley and Stourbridge area and is one of the few trams to survive from Tividale works. It is currently located at Llangollen Railway in Wales where it is undergoing £75,000 of vital conservation work. A further £3,500 is needed to get this important piece of Black Country history back on track. You can help - make an online donation.

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