In Pictures: Beside the Seaside at Crich

Over the past few years one event which has become more and more popular at the Crich Tramway Village has been Beside the Seaside. Taking place over nine days with extra attractions such as a Fun Fair and seaside entertainment it is the perfect event for all the family as the seaside comes to somewhere which is almost as far way from the sea as you could get in the British Isles! 2019 was no different with a selection of trams running on each day of the event. Trevor Hall paid a visit on Saturday 1st June.

On this day four trams were selected for service and as is usually the case with the seaside event Blackpool played a strong part with three of the cars from that system. Standard 40, Toastrack 166 and Boat 236 all ran along with London County Council 106 (not a seaside tram but the type of tram you would like to go for a ride on a good day at the seaside!).

236 returned to service for the first time in 2019 during the event and fellow Blackpool car, Jubilee 762, has also now been used this year. All in all this means 17 electric trams have seen passengers so far this year (that’s if I can count!)

Good weather and a seaside event so what better excuse than for Blackpool Toastrack 166 to be used! Seen here at the Town End terminus.

With Berlin 223 006-4 on standby for possible use in its usual position at Town End Blackpool 166 is seen alongside.

On board Blackpool 236 at Stephenson Place.

Blackpool Standard 40 has its trolley turned at Town End.

In this view we see London County Council 106 at Stephenson Place.

A view of Blackpool Boat 236 standing at Stephenson Place with its crew awaiting the call to move forward to the loading stop.

Away from the service and deep in the depot is Grimsby & Immingham 14. Rarely seen outside, except at some special events, trams around it were cleared to allow for it to be swept out. (All Photographs by Trevor Hall, 1st June 2019)

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