Residents of Buxton have grown accustomed to seeing the little red Discover Buxton tram over the last ten years, taking visitors on a historical tour of town. The iconic vehicle even took a role in the local community, delivering passengers to events, including weddings and school proms, and taking part in the annual Buxton carnival. The very sad news is that the tram has taken its last journey in Buxton and has departed for pastures new. The cost of keeping the legendary bus on the road was no longer viable.
It is with a heavy heart that we wave goodbye to the legend that was the Discover Buxton tram and pay tribute not only to the vehicle but to the drivers who have provided countless tourists with an informative and thrilling journey into Buxton’s rich history, and all the people who supported those expeditions in the last decade. The tram became a firm fixture outside the Opera House and around town, and many locals have used it as their wedding vehicle.
It’s a case of you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Residents and visitors alike are left with their fond memories of the former milk float. We’ll wager that even those irritated motorists who got stuck behind the tram in traffic even have a tear in their eye.
Combined with the recent temporary closure of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery for a dry rot inspection, 2023 is shaping up to be a tough year for the town’s heritage.