Village keeps alive lost art of the tram conductor

Crich Tramway Village is launching an appeal to find new tram conductors to work on its fleet.

The Village is looking to expand its bank of volunteer conductors to work on the vintage tramcars, which operate over a one-mile stretch of track.

It is appealing to anyone interested in the role get in touch in time for the busy spring and summer months.

Volunteer conductor Andrew Willis said: “The job is very enjoyable and you get to meet visitors from all over the world who come to ride the vintage trams.

“The job I do now is the same as it would have been a hundred years ago.

“We even collect the fare of one old penny from passengers, given to them on arrival at the entrance, and issue old style tickets.”

Conductors are responsible for the safe boarding, seating and alighting of passengers, the correct signalling to the driver, collecting fares and issuing tickets.

They are also encouraged to chat to visitors and also assist with setting points, turning trolley poles and handling single line tokens.

A spokesperson for Crich Tramway Village said applicants are required to present a smart appearance and be reasonably fit.

They can be aged between 16 and 75 years old, but must be capable of stopping a tram in an emergency. No prior experience is needed and full training will be given to suitable candidates.

To contact the village either telephone 01773 854321 or email enquiry@tramway.co.uk.