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Tram 5, Back on Track

Thanks to our generous supporters, our authentic 1920s single-decker, Tram 5, is 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.   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.

 “Restoring Tram 5 back to its former glory has been a challenging and rewarding project. Seeing it operating as it would have a century ago has been a fantastic experience and we’re delighted that visitors will once again get to ride on this fascinating piece of Black Country history."

(Tim Shields, Curator of Industry & Transport at Black Country Living Museum)

Tram 5 will rejoins the Museum’s fleet of historic vehicles which transport the Museum’s visitors around the site and back into the past.

 

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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