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Our Friends Electric : 4th April, 2013 - 7th April, 2013

Join the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Beamish’s Tramway.

Did you know the Museum has the UK’s busiest heritage tramway – and probably one of the busiest in the world – with 1.5million passenger journeys a year on its one-and-three-quarter miles route?

Our Friends Electric will see Beamish’s own fleet joined by visiting trams Lisbon 730 and Glasgow 1068.

*Lisbon 730 is due to be in service from Friday 5th April, Glasgow 1068 is provisionally booked to be in service from Saturday 6th April.*

Other trams running include Blackpool 31, G&I/BR 26, Sunderland 101, Blackpool 233, Oporto/South Shields 196 and Newcastle 114 (the decorated tram). Sunderland 16 will be on static display (pending re-tyring later this year) and Sheffield 264 is also non operational.

The four-day event – which launches our Great North Festival of Transport - will feature celebrations for everyone to enjoy.

Take a ride on our Tramway - a four-tram service will be working in both directions, with changes of tramcar throughout the day.

Family activities will include printing at the Waggonway, storytelling on a tram (1pm, 2pm and 3pm), outdoor games (12-3pm - weather permitting) and spot the tram.

An evening tram parade and photography session will be held on Saturday 6th April. Click here for more the lineup and how to book your tickets.

See the railway operation at Rowley Station and the Waggonway, plus steam locomotives in The Colliery.

Steam, vintage and veteran vehicles will be taking to the roads and there will be a model tramway exhibition on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.

A new book, Forty Years of Service, which celebrates the Tramway’s anniversary, will be launched during the event. A talk by its authors Paul Jarman, Beamish’s Head of Transport and Industry, and Les Brunton, of Beamish Tramway Group, will take place on 4th April at 3.30pm in the Collections Study Room.

Tours of the new Regional Heritage Engineering Centre will be held at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Meet in front of the tram depot (places limited to 20-25 per tour).

For more information and latest updates, visit the Beamish Transport Blog.