World Cup team bus to tour Derbyshire as Crich Tramway Village decorates its double-decker

By Culture24 Staff | 14 June 2010
A photo of a tram with a South African flag on top of it

A double-decker tram with bilingual signs in English and Afrikaans which spent more than 50 years in South Africa will transport visitors around Derbyshire's Crich Tramway Village during the World Cup.

The Preston-built Johannesburg 60 ran in South Africa between 1906 and 1960, but was shipped back via Portuguese East Africa and Hull when the Tramway Museum Society bought it in 1964.

A photo of two old trams in a station

Organisers at the Tramway Village are hoping to run the tram every day between now and the end of the World Cup

Renovation works by the Society restored the vehicle to the humble UK roads, noticeable by its exotic signs and opening windows, which are larger than typical British tramcar ones.

It will be draped in flags from every nation competing in the tournament, and organisers have pledged to run it "as often as possible" until July 11 2010.

Visit Crich Tramway Village’s blog.

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