Work on preparing the operational tram fleet at Crich Tramway Village for another season of use commenced straight after the Christmas and New Year festivities were over. Leeds 399 has become the first tram to be moved into the workshop, where it will undergo the usual commissioning work, such as drying out motors and checking of various mechanical parts.
As 399 was one of the Museum’s most heavily used trams last year, it is an unsurprising but sensible choice to be prepared for service first. Presumably by coincidence, the workshop is now home to three trams which nicely illustrate the development of fully enclosed double-deck trams in Britain, as 399 has joined Sheffield 510 and Blackpool 762.
Tram services are due to resume at Crich from 16th February, with daily operation in force until 24th February (weather permitting) for the school half-term break, followed by the resumption of opening every weekend in March, and then daily operation from 29th March until 3rd November. In the meantime, the site remains open on selected days, but with no trams running.