Crich Event Preview: Classic London – 13th & 14th June

Over the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June the Crich Tramway Village will be celebrating all things London with the Classic London event. The highlight of the weekend will undoubtedly be the return to service of London County Council 106 following an overhaul but there will also be plenty of other activities to keep you happy.

When is it happening?

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June. The Museum opens at 1000 on both days with the first tram departing Town End at 1030. On Saturday 13th June the Museum will remain open until 2100 with the last tram running at 2000 – the normal Museum closing time (1730) will be in operation on Sunday 14th June.

Which trams will be running?

A five tram service is expected on both days. This should be – subject to the usual caveats – London United Tramways 159, Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331, London Transport 1622 and star of the show London County Council 106. They are due to be joined by Glasgow 1068.

What is happening and when?

London County Council 106 is due to be handed over by Leon Daniels (Director (Surface Transport), Transport for London) at 1100 on Saturday 13th June to the traffic department. The tram will then enter public service and will be so throughout the weekend.

At 1145 and 1430 on both days the workshop and curatorial staff will be giving an update on the progress of the restoration of London County Council 1. This will take place on the workshop viewing gallery and will include an insight into discoveries made during the disassembly and the techniques used to record and facilitate the process.

What other attractions will there be?

A number of other London vehicles will be visiting during the event. These will include:

Dennis 4 Ton bus (from the London Bus Museum)

Regent 1 STL2377 bus (from the London Bus Museum) – this will be offering rides throughout the weekend

London Trolleybus 1348 (from the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft)

These visiting vehicles will provide some unique photo opportunities throughout the event.

How much will it cost?

The normal admission charges will apply for the event with all return entry tickets, membership passes etc. valid as usual. Full details can be found at www.tramway.co.uk

Will British Trams Online be providing coverage of the event?

We should be! There should be Live coverage from the event on Saturday 13th June. To view these updates please visit Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BritishTramsOnline – anyone can view the page, you do not have to be a Facebook member.

In the aftermath of the event we will also provide our usual extensive coverage including a Photo Gallery and article.

The information in this article is correct at the time of writing and to the best of British Trams Online’s knowledge.

London County Council 106 was back out and about on Tuesday 9th June when it was undergoing more testing. For the first time it carried passengers who were used as human ballast as part of the commissioning process! (Photography courtesy of Crich Tramway Village)

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