In a surprising but very welcome development, Crich Tramway Village have advertised in advance an appearance out of doors by New York 674 on Sunday 4th August. Earlier this year the tram was treated a wash ahead of a planned appearance in connection with an upcoming special event – but despite plenty of guesses, this particular event was not one that was mentioned!
The reason for the seemingly random incorporation of New York 674 into the Emergency Vehicles Day, is explained by the anticipated presence of an American fire engine and Police car. It is intended to display these vehicles alongside the only American tramcar in the national collection, creating what should be an unusual and memorable photographic opportunity. As 674 has not operated since the mid-eighties and rarely appears out of doors, hopefully a few extra visitors will be tempted to go and see this car in open air. There will also be a very rare opportunity to view inside the car and see a display detailing its fascinating history, with a Museum Guide also on hand to answer visitors’ questions.
The efforts being made to include one of the most elusive trams at Crich in a non-tram event are certainly to be applauded. Indeed, this seems to be a trend recently, with Prague 180 and Halle 902 having been posed on the depot fan during last year’s ‘Red Oktober’ event and the incredible line-up of Blackpool trams arranged for the ‘Beside the Seaside’ weekend in 2012. Hopefully this concept of ensuring that the trams can play a more significant role in as many special events as possible will continue, in order to persuade enthusiasts to visit and support the museum more frequently in order to see such unusual static displays and line-ups.
Incidentally, if any British Trams Online reader attends this event we would love to see and share any photos of New York 674 outside – if you can help please contact us, using the normal email address!