This Sunday, 14th July 2013, Aston Manor Road Transport Museum will be holding their 26th annual Open day, where the enthusiasts who lovingly maintain and curate this fascinating collection of vehicles will be celebrating the history of Birmingham trams.
The event runs at the Aldridge site in Shenstone Drive from 10pm to 5pm, is £5 for adults, £4 for kids and £15 for families. There will be free bus rides and loads of stuff for all to do and see.
The museum had this to say about the free services:
A few details of the free services on Sunday’s Open Day. The Walsall service will leave Hatherton Road at 10:20 then every half hour until 16:20, and from the Museum at 10:00 until 16:00.
The first service to Sutton Coldfield departs the Museum at 11:15, returning from Sutton at 11:35, then every hour until 15:15.
The circular service via Barr Beacon will be hourly from 10:45 to 14:45 and the Chasewater Railway service will run five journeys, the first leaving the Museum at 10:55 and the last departure back from Chasewater Heaths at 16:30.
All services are free and operation will depend of vehicle and staff availability. Should be lots of variety in vehicles through the day, too.
There’s also good news about the status of the museum and it’s opening as a permanent collection to the public. Martin Fisher, Chairman of the museum, contacted me:
Good afternoon, Bob
I’d appreciate it if you could mention on your blog that, having successfully fought off the Dalek Invasion, with really good crowds present, the Aston Manor Transport Museum will be opening to the public regularly from Tuesday, 2nd July onwards. We will be open from 10:30 to 16:00 each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; admission charges will be £3 adult, £2 children and £8 family tickets.
The museum isn’t yet fully finished, but work will be progressing over the next few months to improve displays and facilities, but we will be really pleased to welcome visitors, now that our long awaited planning consent has been obtained. We will also be pleased to see any new volunteers, including people that can help staff the museum and welcome visitors and man (or woman) our shop, as well as those with more practical ambitions.
Anything you can put will be very welcome
It’s great to see the collection finally settled in a permanent home after all the uncertainty, and it’s fantastic to have such a wonderful collection on our doorstep. Please do support the enthusiasts as much as you can.
I wish everyone involved the very best.