Tyne and Wear Metro engineers have been helping out at Beamish with overhead line repairs as part of an annual Nexus volunteer day. The staff were on hand to help the museum prepare for the main summer season with repairs undertaken on the overhead to make sure its all in the best possible shape for the continued operation of the trams.
Equipment normally used on the Metro for nightly maintenance tasks was taken to Beamish for the work. Included in the work was the replacement of span wires and electrical insulators. This was a second visit to Beamish for the staff who had previously attended in December 2021 to complete a safety critical inspection.
Malcolm Irving, Service Delivery Manager at Nexus, said: “It was great to be back at Beamish Museum as part of our volunteer day to help with some of the repairs on the famous tramway. We undertook some inspections in 2021 and there some small overhead line repairs which we carried out on this visit. Three teams of our engineers used our special mobile raised platforms to undertake the works. We replaced span wires, insulators, and did some other routine maintenance. This all helps Beamish to get ready for their summer season. Our team had a great day, and we were delighted to help them out.”