With the majority of work on the depot upgrade works at Crich Tramway Village now completed – only the new doors remain to be fitted – we are taking the opportunity to give readers a sneak preview of the new and improved depots before the attraction re-opens for visitors on 17th March. These pictures come courtesy of Peter Whiteley who was working at the museum when he captured these images on Saturday 24th February.
The refurbishment work has tackled Depots 2, 3 & 4. Previously the three buildings had the feel of one big shed but as part of the work carried out over winter, new dividing walls have been installed between them, every three tracks. This has been done primarily to minimise the risk of fire spreading through the running sheds in the event that the unthinkable should ever happen. Whilst this is the most obvious alteration, the new roof panels and improved lighting will also offer much better viewing of the trams housed within for visitors to the museum.
As already reported, most of the trams which were moved around to make the best possible use of the available storage space during the depot upgrade project have now been returned to their normal spots in the depots and Exhibition Hall – some of these can be seen below.