Today we would like to remember Bob Hill, society president,chief engineer, ambassador,mentor & friend as he is laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Altrincham. It also seems a fitting time to publicise our plans for his memorial day.
On Sunday the 5th March we will devoting the tramway to Bob’s memory from 13.00. This will entail 3 different trams operating over the course of the day all specially decorated with black bunting on their trolley poles.
No fares will be charged on the day, instead all trams will carry donation buckets with all proceeds going towards Macmillan cancer support as per the wishes of Bob’s family.
There will also be a memorial display inside the depot and for this we would like your help. If you can write a few lines to share your memories of Bob so that we can display these it would be appreciated. Please
can these be sent in advance to Heatonparktramway@hotmail.co.uk.
This day is open to all as the more of you that attend and donate the more Macmillan make in Bob’s memory.
Encore, More, More!
Just when you thought we were done for 2016 we have a little surprise for you.
On Saturday the 26th November we will be reopening the tramway for ONE DAY ONLY to welcome Santa to Heaton Park.
The Santa Parade will arrive at Middleton Road gates at 12.00 and a proposed two trams progress to Lakeside.
As Santa's journey continues so does ours with the two trams remaining in service till 4.
The shop will also be open to allow Christmas gifts, a selection of handmade cards and all the usual items to be purchased.
The museum will be closed but a temporary viewing area will be set up to allow an insight into what goes on in the workshop once the doors are closed.
See you on the 26th!
On the 15th October we will be holding a New Volunteers Day so if you have....
Ever considered volunteering at Heaton Park Tramway?
Not sure what role you want do do?
If so then this event is for you, come along and meet our friendly, passionate and enthusiatstic team and experience all the volunteer areas the tramway has to offer.
We are always looking for people to help with restoration, maintenance, archives, admin, crewing, trackwork and staffing the shop. Absolutley no experience required as full training will be given.
To book your place e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest issue of our society magazine is currently on its way out to all members. If your a Manchester Transport Society member then yours should be arriving in the post very soon.
If your not a member then nip down to the museum and buy one or better still nip down to the museum and sign up to become a member.
If you can't make it down then visitwww.Heatonparktramway.co.uk to sign up online, to not only get the magazine but also free tram travel and support the society with your membership fee.
Unfortunately since the magazine went to press we have had to change the date of the volunteer taster day from the 8th to the 15th October. More details on this coming soon.
The Heaton Park Tramway operational statistics for 2015 have now been compiled and are available for release.
In 2015 we carried 5’700 passengers totaling 12’000 passenger journeys once multi rides and reciprocal agreements have been taken into account.
Along our half mile long track we have travelled over 800 miles and accumulated a staggering total of over 6’000 passenger miles.... In total 5 different trams accumulated these miles, Blackpool 619, Blackpool 623, Manchester 765, Hull 96 and Blackpool 680. 619 was the hardest working car due to some glorious weather days with Blackpool 680 seeing the least use due to only being available for limited service before moving to Blackpool to start its initial 12 month loan.
These statistics are even better when it is considered that the tramway was operated by a total of 40 very dedicated volunteers.
We may be closed at the moment but that doesn't mean we are resting quite opposite actually.
Our first working party of the year was completed on the first of January with the year barely underway. Since then we have been working hard in preparation for our reopening on the 14th February.
Recent work has seen progress on repairing the leak to 765's roof which has now been patched and received two coats of undercoat applied.
We haven't been neglecting the workshops longer term resident of Stockport 5 though, The lower salon is still at the deconstruction stage with parts being removed and tagged to aid later replacement, but work on other areas is well underway with the top deck woodwork now repaired and replaced and the decency panels raised to allow the last remaining strips of canvas to be removed. The staircase has been removed at Middleton Road end to allow it to receive attention where the stringers are showing signs of patches of corrosion.
The workshop itself has also received a major tidy and reorganisation with dedicated racking now available for storing the parts of 5 that have been removed and long term part stores reorganised and clearly labelled.
As always anyone wishing to get involved with this work is welcome to come and see us and get stuck in, take a look at our join us page for further details.