An Easter resurrection **updated**

The Easter 1940s event at the Crich Tramway Village is traditionally one of the more popular special events at the museum and also provides the first chance for an intensive tram service to run for the year and the 2016 event has been no different. However the biggest talking point of the event for enthusiasts was not the re-enactors or visiting WW2 era vehicles but the resurrection of a tram which was not expected to be prepared for service in 2016 – London Transport 1622.

When the details of the 2016 operating fleet at Crich were revealed London Transport 1622 was a surprise and notable absentee from those trams which ran last year. However on Easter Sunday, 27th March, 1622 was one of five trams prepared for service for the second day of the Easter 1940s event. And if that wasn’t enough for fans of this tram it was then again one of the chosen six on Easter Monday, 28th March. It is understood that this is just a temporary reprieve for the tram and it is not planned that 1622 will become a permanent addition to the operating fleet for 2016. Nevertheless it is good to see the tram back in action albeit however briefly.

The Easter 1940s event again took place over three days (Easter Saturday 26th March to Easter Monday 28th March) and alongside the tram service saw re-enactors on site including a visit from the King himself! A four tram service ran on the Saturday with five trams in use on the Sunday and then six on the last day of the event, unfortunately due to the poor weather experienced over the weekend (well it was a Bank Holiday after all) all trams used were very much enclosed.

Easter Saturday:

Blackpool 167, Leeds 180, Leeds 399, Sheffield 510

Easter Sunday:

Blackpool 167, Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331, Leeds 345, Leeds 399, London Transport 1622

Easter Monday:

Blackpool 167, Leeds 180, Leeds 399, Leeds 345, Liverpool 869, London Transport 1622

In other news from Crich, the new outdoor Adventure Playground was officially opened on Monday 21st March by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Amber Valley. The playground is located near to the Woodland Walk and is aimed to provide more activities for families visiting Crich.

Leeds 399 passes re-enactors at the Museum Entrance.

MET 331 is also seen at the Entrance with a large number of re-enactors preparing for a parade.

Leeds 345 approaches 331 at the Entrance.

Another view of 331 and 345 in the distance as the re-enactors prepare.

The star of the show from an enthusiasts point of view is seen in the background - London Transport 1622 of course - as the Parade down the Museum street is all set to start.

One final view from Easter Sunday with Leeds 399 and MET 331 at the Museum Entrance. (All Photographs by Hazel Quarmby)

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3 Responses to An Easter resurrection **updated**

  1. Nigel L says:

    1622 may well be in action for most of the year as a couple of trams on the list issued earlier this year are not available. Chesterfield 7 needs remedial paintwork on the dash panels, but as Blackpool 40 is not yet complete there’s no space in the paint area for it.
    Sheffield 74 has not been commissioned due to issues with the interior ceilings which may need replacement.

  2. Nigel Pennick says:

    Historical accuracy for WW2 trams would need windows screened off for the blackout, white-painted fenders and headlight shields (never taken off in London after the war and used until the end of tramways in 1952). 331 was in Sunderland by then.

  3. Howard Bond says:

    My folks lived through WW2 up in Manchester – they recalled it as one of those most awful phases of their life and would never want the privations of wartime inflicted on anyone ever again even as a reconstruction. They did however praise the welcome sight of a MCTD bogie tram emerging from the gloom of the blackout to take them home in the evening when there often wasn’t a bus to be found even though it involved a mile long walk from the tram stop on Princess Road.

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