In Pictures: NELSAM reopens

Amongst all the reopening announcements, one museum with trams which we haven’t mentioned is the one which probably the longest name – the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland. Home to the North East Electrical Traction Trust (another long name!) collection the museum reopened to the public from 18th May with all the expected Covid precautions due to be in place.

Measures which have been introduced have included the need to take temperatures upon arrival with a hand scanner plus the collection of details for Track and Trace purposes and visitors being encouraged to pay contactless. Full details of what to expect if visiting the museum can be found at

The collection of trams remains pretty much unchanged since we last featured this location last year with all trams remaining stored uncover. In the building the trams are housed Balloon 721 shares a road with a Leyland Lynx and two Olympians and then Twin Car 674+684 and Centenary 647 are in the same row as a Braford Trolleybus. The two continental trams – Krefeld 412 and Graz 210 – are then stored alongside the Twin Set and Centenary Car.

Blackpool Twin Car 684+674 inside the display building.

Next in line is Centenary 647 which unlike the Twin Set has had its former livery in Blackpool removed and the yellow paint touched up to make it more presentable.

Balloon 721 has also seen some work since arriving in the northeast and its plain black livery is seen here at the back of the building.

Graz 210 squeezed in at the very back corner of the building in a green livery.

Showing the effects of its previous outside storage this is Krefeld 412.

And another view of the Twin Set this time looking at the Motor end. (All Photographs by Trevor Hall, 25th May 2021)

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