1940s weekend at Crich Tramways Museum

We are planning to take the K4 Turntable Ladder to Crich Tramway Museum 1940s weekend on Easter Sunday afternoon and all day Monday. At 31 miles, although not the furthest trip it has undertaken (that honour is taken by the Rauceby 1940s weekend in August), it will certainly be the most arduous, being hilly, twisty and narrow most of the way (the route to Rauceby is mostly flat and main road/dual carriageway). This will be a real test of the electronic ignition, which proved its value on the Chesterfield run.

No matter which way you approach Crich, you have to tackle the 500-foot rise from the River Amber, either up the sheer face of Bullbridge Hill, or just the extremely steep run via South Wingfield. Either way, I think we will attract quite a following!

We will not be taking a pump, so will be focussing on training new fireman recruits in hose drill and turntable ladder drill. We will be based at the Town End outside the façade of the old Derby Assembly Rooms. Putting the ladder up is about the most impressive thing we can do with a thin crew.

There is a map of the site here. You will find the Assembly rooms at number 7. Re-enactors: I have the entry passes.

So far, I am expecting Myself and Fran, Michael and Tim, Dan and James on both days, Rob and Dave Madden on Monday, Wendy and Ellie on one unspecified day.

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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