More details have now been revealed about the various events planned at Crich Tramway Village for Sunday 3rd June. This day will see the launch of newly overhauled Blackpool ‘Boat’ 236 which co-incides with the now annual ‘Beside the Seaside’ event, and to mark the occasion a series of additional attractions will be put on to hopefully tempt even more tram enthuasists to visit.
As announced previously, the Museum will open its doors at 9:00am on this day – a whole hour earlier than usual, to give plenty of early photo opportunities featuring a variety of Blackpool trams. This will be followed by a Blackpool tram parade at about 10:30am, before the majority of cars from the seaside town enter service for the day. After a series of demonstration runs along the street, 236 will be launched at 11:30am with its first public service journey expected after midday. The car will also return to the depot yard at approximately 1:45pm to be posed alongside some of the non-operational Blackpool cars at Crich, including Jubilee car 762, before undertaking a special trip for supporters of the appeal to finance its restoration.
With Crich now home to the biggest and best collection of classic Blackpool trams outside the town itself, thanks to its most recent acquisitions, this is the perfect excuse to showcase the variety of vehicles from the North West resort and hopefully many people will be encouraged to visit Crich for what will be 236‘s first day in passenger service since 2004. As an added bonus, the Boat car has been decorated with red, white and blue flags to celebrate both its launch and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee which will make the occasion even more special. British Trams Online will hopefully be offering full coverage of this event and we hope that many of our regular readers will join us for what should be an excellent day out!