Snow costs Crich Tramway Village and museum £30,000

Tram tracks covered by snow
Image caption Snow and ice made it impossible for the museum to open for the February half-term holidays, staff said

The late opening of a tram museum in Derbyshire due to the snow has cost it about £30,000, the museum has said.

Crich Tramway Village and National Tramway Museum was set to open in the February half-term holidays.

But the snow and ice made it impossible for safety maintenance and track inspections to be carried out.

Laura Greave, from the museum, said it had a bad year in 2011 and hoped the loss of a week's worth of visitors would not have a knock-on effect.

'So high up'

The Crich Tramway Village overlooks the Derwent Valley and is home to a working vintage tram fleet and line, period village and tramway history exhibition.

Ms Greave said this was not the first time the visitor attraction has had to open late.

"With Crich being positioned so high up, even when the snow is melting in other parts of Derbyshire we're still below freezing," she said.

"Once the tracks hit a certain temperature we can't run trams on them."

The museum opens this weekend and will be open every weekend from now until March.

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