Crewe Heritage Centre

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Coordinates: 53°05′41″N 2°26′17″W / 53.0946°N 2.43818°W / 53.0946; -2.43818

The Crewe Heritage Centre
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Official Crewe Heritage Centre Logo
Established 1987
Location Vernon Way, Crewe, England
Type Railway museum
Visitors 30,000 Annually
Director Mike Lenz
Website Crewe Heritage Centre

Crewe Heritage Centre, is a railway museum, located in Crewe, England. It is currently managed by the Crewe Heritage Trust, and assisted by Friends of Crewe Heritage Centre who oversee the daily running of the facility.

History[edit]

Established in 1987 as Crewe Railway Age by the owning registered charity,[1] it rebranded to its original name of Crewe Heritage Centre in early 2008. The museum is located in the old London, Midland and Scottish Railway yard, which was once part of Crewe Works, between the junction to Chester and the West Coast Main Line. Currently operated by the Friends of the Crewe Heritage Centre, the site is open to the public every weekend between March and December.

Exhibits[edit]

The centre has a series of exhibits, ranging from the only surviving APT-P train, miniature railways, three open signal boxes (Crewe Station A, Crewe North Junction and Exeter West), and a varied collection of standard gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives, as well as occasional visiting locomotives. The Main Exhibition Hall features many artefacts and exhibits associated with Crewe from its locomotive and carriage construction, and famous junction railway station. Brake Van rides are available to the public during special events.

Advanced Passenger Train[edit]

APT No.370 003/006 at Crewe heritage Centre

Built by BR in the 1970s and 80s, this Class 370 APT is the only surviving APT set. Numbered 370 003/ 006, it is open at all times, with an occasional cafe run from the original buffet car (selected days only). The APT-P museum can be found inside one of the carriages, with photographs on display from the APT project. The set was tilted for the first time in preservation in 2013.

Signal boxes[edit]

  • Crewe Station A: Open for display purposes, this box was moved onto the site after closure in 1985.
  • Crewe North Junction: Built in 1939 and designed to withstand the Luftwaffe bombs of World War 2, the box is constructed out of concrete and has an 18" thick roof and 15" think walls. Located between the West Coast Main Line and Crewe - Chester line, its location is perfect for viewing passing mainline trains. Demonstrations of how the box was used often take place, and are linked to a simulator. In 1987 the building was extended to provide more room for the Heritage Centre, including a cafe and small shop, and to include a large USA model railway.
Levers of Exeter West signal box, as preserved at Crewe Heritage Centre
  • Exeter West: used to control the split at Exeter between the Great Western Railway and the Southern Railway. With 131 levers, it was a Special Class A signal box, with only the best signalmen authorised to operate it. Since being rebuilt at Crewe, volunteers operate it on every weekend using a demonstration 1960s timetable, which include the hectic Summer Saturday service, which saw famous expresses such as the Torbay Express, Atlantic Coast Express and the Cornishman.

Locomotives[edit]

Both mainline and miniature railways operate on most weekends. The standard gauge railway uses either the British Rail Class 73 73 006, British Rail Class 03 03 073 or ex-Direct Rail Services British Rail Class 47 47 712. BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester, constructed at Crewe Works in 1954, is currently visiting and awaiting overhaul. A cylinder and Caprotti valve gear from the locomotive form part of a permanent display. There may also be occasional visiting locomotives.

Locomotives[edit]

Locomotive Pre Tops Built Owner Type Livery
03 073 D2073 1959 Crewe Heritage Trust Diesel Shunter BR Blue
08 830 D3998 1960 LNWR Heritage Diesel Shunter BR Blue
37 108 D6808 1963 Private Owner Diesel Locomotive BR Blue
46 035 D172 1962 Pete Waterman Diesel Locomotive BR Blue
47 192 D1842 1965 Crewe Heritage Trust Diesel Locomotive BR Green
47 712 D1948 1966 Crewe Diesel Group Diesel Locomotive Scot Rail
87 035 N/A 1974 Crewe Heritage Trust Electric (AC) Locomotive Inter-City


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