PICTURES: Historic day for Crich tramway’s 60th year

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Crich Tramway Museum marked an important milestone on Saturday, as the transport village turned 60 years old.

The Tramway Museum Society held a private event on November 7 with special dignitaries including the mayor and mayoress of Amber Valley, the chairman of Crich Parish Council, Margaret Lane, and specially invited guests.

The celebration marked the ‘birth’ of the tramway village in 1955.

Chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association, Andrew Braddock, said he felt the popular tourist attraction upheld the ethos of ‘keeping the past present in the future’.

A museum spokesman said it was a ‘fantastic day’, adding: “As well as tram rides, the guests enjoyed film shows, archive displays, LCC1 talks and the naming of the KLV by Bryan Scott, of Scott’s Heavy Haulage.

“President of the Tramway Museum Society, David Frodsham, introduced the naming of the KLV tram as John Gardner, after the former member, who had a passion for rail-mounted cranes.”

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, Joseph Burberry acting as a conductor

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, Joseph Burberry acting as a conductor

All of the trams selected to run on the day were associated with systems still in operation when the Tramway Museum Society was established, including Leeds 180, Liverpool 869, Blackpool 40 and 762, Sheffield 510, MET331, Glasgow 812 and Cardiff 131.

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, a tram passes the beautifully recreated victorian pub

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, a tram passes the beautifully recreated victorian pub

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, All aboard! Derek Redmond has been driving at the centre for thirty eight years

Crich Tramway 60th anniversary, All aboard! Derek Redmond has been driving at the centre for thirty eight years