Our route from Froghall to the walled city of York took us past the Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum. We hadn’t planned to stop for a visit. Indeed, we had never heard of Crich until we passed near. And the last thing we expected to see in the middle of the English countryside far from a metropolitan center is a museum dedicated to urban mass transit. But from the road the oddly located tramway village looked intriguing. When we learned that dogs are welcome, we had to visit.
Crich Tramway Village, with a fleet of over 60 trams, celebrates the heyday of the streetcar. The museum’s tramcars take the crowds of visitors and the occasional canine on a short section of track past period-style buildings. Only part of the rolling stock is in use at one time. Many more lovingly restored tramcars sourced from Britain and beyond are housed inside the museum’s barn and buildings. With a lot to see it’s not surprising that Crich Village is quite popular. For us a visit to the museum was a good way to break up a long drive.
Didn’t get enough of tramcars at Crich? Consider visiting San Francisco. San Francisco’s Municipal Railway operates similar historic trams for daily transportation on its F Market & Wharves line. And though San Francisco’s tramcars tend to be newer–they are in use after all–there’s definitely some car overlap between SF and Crich.