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Sunday 3rd April 2022 – 40th (+ 2) Birthday Running Day

The first day of service for 2022 and also Heaton Park Tramway’s 42nd birthday.

Blackpool 623 Manchester 765 basking in the
sun whilst work has been taking place within the depot.

This event was due to take place in April 2020, but due to the pandemic was delayed until now.

We will start the day at 11:00 with 96 and 765 running in parallel from Middleton Road Depot towards the gates, followed by a 3 car service operating throughout the day.

Our museum will be open to visitors for the first time in over 2 years after an extensive refurbishment.

Our shop will be open, and a pop up book stall will be located outside of the main door.

Lakeside depot will also be open to the public for the first time, As well as static tramcars being displayed outside Middleton Road depot and Lakeside depot.

A temporary workshop viewing area will also be open at Middleton Road depot.

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Volunteering with Us

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 to find out more.

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Happy New Year!

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.)

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Current Operation

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

Please note these details are subject to the weather & volunteer availability.

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The Manchester Transport Museum Society (Heaton Park Tramway) receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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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Heaton Park Tramway to operate during Lightopia Festival.

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…

Posted by Heaton Park Tramway on Monday, 16 November 2020

Preparations for Lightopia have seen 623 being mechanically commissioned and tested, as well as a deep clean which has…

Posted by Heaton Park Tramway on Wednesday, 18 November 2020