The big winter project at the Crich Tramway Village was the complete track relay and rewire of the formation at Glory Mine and now some two months after the museum opened for the season work is coming to an end – although it isn’t quite there yet. Poor weather in the lead up to the season saw delays in the project but with the recent fine weather good progress is being made on restringing the overhead.
When Crich reopened in March trams were only able to run to Wakebridge before the Easter weekend saw an extension of service through to Glory Mine although passengers were unable to alight as trams had to stop short of the safe alighting area. This is how the situation currently remains but the latest update from Crich has revealed that all the major installation of the overhead is now completed and it is now the case of the final positioning of components before full testing and snagging takes place. This is expected to take place over the next couple of weeks and once all is well a full tram service – including visitors being able to get off at Glory Mine – will resume once more.
The new layout at Glory Mine is more or less as it was before the relay although the headhunt at the very end of the line has now been extended slightly and the siding has also been temporarily removed.
Preparations are also well underway for the longest event of the year at Crich – Beside the Seaside. Taking place for nine days between Saturday 25th May and Sunday 2nd June – which encompasses not only the Bank Holiday weekend but also the May school half term holidays – this now long established event in the Crich Special Events calendar will not only include trams in service (featuring many Blackpool trams to keep with the theme) but also a number of other seaside activities. There will be Punch and Judy, a Flea Circus, bingo(!), face painting, music and a visiting funfair. So plenty to keep the whole family occupied!