In Pictures: Steampunk at Crich

It was Steampunk Day at Crich on Saturday 8th October, a day which also marked the exact 56th anniversary since the last original tram ran in Sheffield. The actual event saw Steampunks – who aim to take the very best parts of the past and make them part of a bright future – at the museum with market stalls, tea duelling and some wonderful Steampunk costumes. Meanwhile Sheffield 510 was in service to commemorate the closure of Sheffield Corporation Tramways and was joined by London United Tramways 159 in providing part of the service. In this small pictorial update we take a look at the event plus 510 and 159 in service along with views of the latest progress on London County Council 1. Photos from Hazel Quarmby.

Some of the Steampunk costumes and market stalls in the Great Exhibition Hall.

London United Tramways 159 was one of the trams in service and is seen here at Victoria Park on its way back to Town End.

Sheffield 510 – 56 years to the day it ran on the last day in Sheffield – heads north past The Red Lion and a visiting vehicle.

London County Council 1 in the workshop. Although still looking very shell like progress is being made and the roof can be seen behind the tram. (All Photographs by Hazel Quarmby)

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4 Responses to In Pictures: Steampunk at Crich

  1. Nigel Pennick says:

    I see the steam tram locomotive was not in operation to give the steampunks a ride.

  2. Peter W. says:

    Also in service were Chesterfield 7 and Blackpool 40. Really good day with lots of visitors. Fun day was had by all!

  3. John Gilbert says:

    The Sheffield Roberts cars are surely the most attractive, neat and balanced design of all first generation trams. (The only drawback was that they were produced as four-wheel rather than bogie cars.)

    • Paul says:

      Agree on the aesthetics, but being 4-wheelers was actually an ADVANTAGE on Sheffield’s steep hills. Conventional bogie cars with 30-40% of their weight on non-driven carrying wheels would have struggled. any bogie car in Sheffield would have had to be a power-thirsty 4-motor car similar to London HR1/2…