A charity tram tour back in May which allowed enthusiasts the rare chance to see behind the scenes at Nottingham Express Transit’s Wilkinson Street Depot as well as to cover rare track on the network has raised £1,200 for the Crich Tramway Village and local Nottingham charity Forever Stars. This sum – raised through ticket sales – was then matched by Keolis, operators of NET, to bring a grand total of £2,400 raised for the charities.
The tour took place back on 7th May and covered the majority of the network including several crossovers and rarely used sections of track (such as the centre track at The Forest). With tickets costing £30 this helped go a long way to raising the money for the chosen charities.
The tour was organised by Dan Patterson, who is not only a driver on NET but is also a volunteer at Crich – along with five other NET employees. He said: “For many enthusiasts, the chance to ride a tram on sections of the track that are only used for turning or service access can be a really exciting prospect. Of course, a guided tour of the depot was also a huge draw and we were delighted at the number of people who bought tickets, and everyone who took part really enjoyed this unique experience.”