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Derbyshire tram museum at Crich celebrates 50 years

  • 8 July 2013
  • From the section Derby
The Sheffield 15 today
Image caption The Duke of Gloucester will drive a horse tram, the Sheffield 15, which was the museum's first passenger-carrying tram
The first passenger carrying tram at Crich Tramway Village
Image caption The Sheffield 15 in 1963, when the museum opened
The first passenger carrying tram at Crich Tramway Village
Image caption The museum was set up to preserve trams which were disappearing from city centres at the time

A Derbyshire tram museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a visit from its patron the Duke of Gloucester.

The Crich Tramway Village was established in 1963 to preserve trams which, at the time, were being removed from cities in favour of trolley buses.

The museum now has more than 60 trams in its collection, including models from New York, Berlin and South Africa.

During his visit, the duke will drive a horse-drawn tram, the Sheffield 15, the museum's first passenger-carrying tram.

'Like a toast rack'

Laura Waters, the museum's curator, said: "During the 1950s, a movement sprang up to preserve trams, as they were increasingly being replaced by trolley and motor buses.

"The group were looking for a home and they found this site."

Crich, now a registered charity, holds the national collection of trams.

"The idea of the museum is to illustrate the history of trams from horse and steam trams to the revived systems we're seeing in city centres today," added Ms Waters.

"People can come and ride trams from all over the country, including one that looks like a boat and one that looks like a toast-rack!"

The Sheffield 15 tram, which the duke will drive, only operates once a year.

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