Have you made a new years resolution to learn a new skill or start a new hobby?
Well you could do both by volunteering with us.
We are ALWAYS looking for new volunteers, to help run our shop, Landscaping, painting the trams, maintaining the track and overhead, servicing and repairing the trams and of course operating the trams as crew.
So for a challenge that’s rewarding and satisfying, send an email to email@example.com to find out more.
What a year we have planned for you too, with Lightopia complete we now look ahead and whilst the tramway is now closed for winter maintenance here’s what you can expect from us next.
3rd April we reopen to finally celebrate our 40th (+2) Birthday. Including the reopening of our shop and museum.
2nd & 3rd July sees the return of our tramtastic event now expanded to be a two day event. The first weekend of September sees the return of a model event to the tramway with our new all models great & small event. (exact day to be confirmed).
22nd October sees a new night photography event taking place in the park after the tramway has closed with posed shots and photo opportunities galore.
NEW FOR 2022! We will be having a connecting bus service between us and the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport on the following dates: Sunday 24th April Sunday 29th May Sunday 26th June Sunday 31st July Sunday 28th August In conjunction with this we aim to operate Manchester 765 & Stockport 5 (subject to volunteer and tramcar availability.)
For those planning a visit, please be aware of our current operational plan.
Both Middleton Road depot (Shop, Museum & Works) & Lakeside Depot are currently closed to the public to allow completion of upgrade works making them unsafe to the public.
On our current operating days of Saturday & Sunday 12-5, Our current service pattern is on and half past the hour from Lakeside only, all passengers will then need to disembark at Lakeside in order to allow the service tram to be cleaned.
If you have any queries about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note these details are subject to the weather & volunteer availability.
The Manchester Transport Museum Society (Heaton Park Tramway) receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, The Manchester Transport Museum Society, a group of volunteers based in Heaton Park, Manchester have been honored with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Manchester Transport Museum Society is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognize outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys .Representatives of The Manchester Transport Museum Society will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Warren Smith, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from the Society will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award Philip Heywood, MTMS Chairman, said “The Society is delighted that our contribution to the life of Heaton Park and to the preservation of Manchester’s ongoing tramway heritage has been recognized, and wishes to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers in contributing to the life of our Manchester community. The award is great recognition for a team that although it always works hard, has worked harder than ever over these last 12 months.”
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Just when you thought we weren’t going to operate at all this year! We are delighted to announce…… WE’RE RUNNING FOR LIGHTOPIA! Once the current Lockdown is over and Lightopia recommences we are delighted to say we will be supporting by operating our trams again. Joining our operating fleet for Lightopia this year will be our open topper Stockport 5.
With the tramway now confirmed as running for Lightopia we spent a few weeks before this latest lockdown getting the…
It is with huge sadness that the Manchester Transport Museum Society announces the death of our long standing Deputy Chairman Derek Shepherd today the 1st of November.Born in Bolton on the 12th of November 1930 he died after a short illness, just two weeks before his 90th birthday, an event he had been so looking forward to.Derek lived a long, full and packed life, one that would take so long to chart to do true justice to, so we offer this as a flavour of our friend and mentor. Others I’m sure will know more of Derek from other sides of his family and Church lives and will wish to offer their own thoughts and thanks, while we offer our condolences to his family and friends. A Tramwayman through and through, his connections with his beloved trams in his home town led to him starting to help out with the Tramways Department in Bolton during the dark days of the Second World War, along with friend Alan Ralphs both then teenagers. By the end of the war, these chores including shunting trams around the shed and even driving trams up into the town centre when the need arose. Something unthinkable in todays world, but clearly they did what was needed when the times required it. His first job was as a Trolley Boy on the trams, duties he indeed carried out on the towns last tram in service on 29th of March 1947, surely one of the very last young men to fulfil that role on Britain’s tramways. This gave him an active career on the tramways of the area lasting 75 years, an amazing feat. After further studies and National Service, a long career in the electricity generating industry saw him retire as the Power Station Manager for Kearsley Power Station, which of course had its own internal electric railway and where various trams were seen to run ‘on test’ in later years. A member of the local tramway pressure group from a young age, something that saw him attending meetings in the Briton’s Protection pub in Manchester during the war – by tram of course, as far as was still possible. He went on to be an early member of the Tramway Museum Society at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, only not being a founder member as he was in Germany on National Service at the time, and a founder member of the local MTMS and was in the thick of both societies efforts to set up their respective museums over the following decades. However the need to have a preserved Bolton tram was too strong and led him along with a small group of others to seek out one of the remaining tram bodies from a local farm. Over the following 18 years it was restored to its former glory, before arriving in Blackpool on 23rd July 1981, where it has run with great success ever since – a testament to his and the rest of the team’s hard work and dedication. Not one to sit back having done that, he was active in many other local museums such as Science and Industry Museum in Manchester with the National Electricity Gallery and was at the heart of the various tramway projects around the centenary of Blackpool’s tramways in 1985. Indeed many of the visiting trams that ran there that year did so with his help. This was something that led to him being honored as President of the TMS the following year in recognition for that work. It also led on to the creation of the Bolton Trams Company, set up to carry out further tramcar rebuilds from 1987 until 2002. With us within Heaton Park, he was always there, driving us forward, planning the next development of the tramway and having the vision for where the society should be heading, to keep us growing. A dedicated husband to Julie, father to his 5 children and a grandfather to 8 and great grandfather of 2 he was also a lifelong committed Christian. These things ran deep through his life and led to his fatherly hand on all of us he helped to develop a love of tramways. A great mentor for those willing to listen to his deep fund of knowledge, fascinating tales of times past and wealth of experience from having been there, done that and getting the job done, both to keep the trams running and the lights on in homes and industry, in what feels like another world to us now.
Thank you Derek for so very very much Ding Ding, Right Away Driver and Rest in Peace my friend.