Dudley tram back in service as it approaches century

FOLLOWING a five-year restoration project, Dudley’s Black Country Living Museum’s 99-year-old tram No. 5 is now back in service for its visitors after a £120,000 restoration.

The 32-passenger tram was built in 1919 in Tividale at the works of the Electric Traction Company and operated in the Dudley and Stourbridge area.

Tram No. 5 restored and raring to go again on the museum’s internal line. BCLM

In the 1970s, No. 5 was discovered in a garden in the Kate’s Hill area where it was being used as a shed. The tram was donated to the museum in 1974 and, after a lengthy restoration, started operating at the museum in 1980.

The restoration was funded by donations from individuals, businesses and trusts and foundations, including sums from the Friends of Black Country Living Museum and the Black Country Living Museum Transport Group.

The project saw elements of the tram’s bodywork and structure being rebuilt and specialist teams have also worked on its motors, brake rigging and paintwork.

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