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Electric 50 is nearly here!

Its nearly here! The highly anticipated (hopefully by everyone and not just by the British Trams Online team otherwise we might be a bit lonely riding on 25 trams!) Electric 50 event at the Crich Tramway Village will be taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. The past few days have seen the last piece in the jigsaw arrive at Crich in the form of Newcastle 114 (on loan from Beamish) and with this tram now having embarked on its first test runs everything seems in place for what looks set to be a very busy weekend. Of course 114 isn't going to be the only visitor for the event with a further two "loan" trams due to run with Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 (strictly speaking not on loan as it is a TMS tram but it now a Blackpool resident again) and Blackpool 711 sure to be popular as is Blackpool 762 which is due to be launched on the first day of the event after a lot of hard work to get it back operational in the workshops. And lets not forget Blackpool 167 back at Crich after its travels and the other 20 passenger trams due to be in service at some point over the weekend. And then there will be the famous Crich photo line-ups which will enable some unique views of trams together. That should be enough to keep everyone entertained for two days, surely?

You can find a full preview on Electric 50, written by Andrew Waddington, here and we will be bringing you extensive "LIVE" coverage from both days of the event on Facebook (if you don't like social media don't worry you don't have to be a member of Facebook to enjoy these updates as anyone can view them). And then in the week following the event we will bring you more extensive coverage of just what happened!

And if you can't wait until Saturday for your loan tram fix at Crich why not pay a visit on Friday 12th September for Electric Friday when 40, 114 and 711 are all due to be in action!

If you can't make it to Crich this weekend and happen to be in the middle of the Irish Sea on the Isle of Man this weekend is also due to be a significant one for the Douglas Horse Tramway as it runs in its current format for the last time. Kids well go free all weekend, there will be the chance to see behind the scenes on the Sunday and the Mayor of Douglas will be driving the last journey from Strathallan on Sunday 14th September. As if that wasn't enough there will also be regular changeovers of trams which will mean that double decker 18 willl be used at some point over the weekend.

Wherever you are this weekend have fun and let's hope it involves lots of trams!

11th September 2014

Picture of the Week: Newcastle 114

The final tram to arrive at Crich for the Electric 50 event is Newcastle 114 which touched down on Derbyshire rails for the first time during the afternoon of Monday 8th September. It is seen here on the low loader in the main Museum street at Crich waiting for unloading.
Photo: Geoff Quarmby

Upcoming Events

Friday 12th September: Electric Friday - Crich Tramway Village

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September: Electric 50 - Crich Tramway Village

Sunday 28th September: Last day of 2014 season - East Anglia Transport Museum

Sunday 5th October: Wirral Bus & Tram Show - Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

Full details of events for 2014 can be found on our Events Diary.

This page was last updated on Thursday 11th September 2014

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