Having not run in its entirety since December 2013 the Black Country Living Museum tramway is now once running a full service between the Museum Entrance and Tram Depot following the completion of the infrastructure repairs. Trams had been running on part of the route since mid-July but now a full journey can be made on the route on one of the museum’s two full restored trams – Wolverhampton & District 34 and Wolverhampton 49.
The only 3’6” gauge tramway in a museum in the British Isles the Black Country Living Museum line was originally closed in December 2013 because of concerns over the safety of the infrastructure and at times during the intervening period there had been worries that the funds to conduct the repairs may not be forthcoming. However earlier this year repairs started on the track and overhead and then from the middle of July trams resumed running between the Mine and Tram Depot. At this time the target was for trams to be running the full length by the end of the year but excellent progress in the repairs meant that on Saturday 29th August 2015 it was possible to, once again, enjoy a ride all the way from the Entrance to the Tram Depot.
The service continues to be mainly operated by Wolverhampton & District 34 – a Tividale car – but on some occasions open top double decker Wolverhampton 49 is used. Both of these trams underwent attention before the service had resumed. It is hoped that fellow Tividale car Dudley, Stourbridge & District 5 will return to the museum in the near future with the final stretch of its overhaul and restoration now being reached at the Llangollen Railway.