East Anglian Railway Museum
The East Anglian Railway Museum is located at Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station in Essex, England, which is situated on the former Great Eastern Railway branch line from Marks Tey to Sudbury. Services on the Sudbury Branch Line are operated by Greater Anglia.
The museum has a wide collection of locomotives and rolling stock, some of which are fully restored, two are conversion into Thomas and Toby replicas while others are undergoing repair and restoration. The Restoration Shed was built in 1983–4, before which most work had to take place in the Goods Shed or in the open. On event days, steam train rides are operated over a short demonstration track.
The museum also plays host to three popular annual events: the Winter Festival held each February the Cider Festival held each June, and the Beer Festival held each September. During the festivals, additional late-evening trains on the Sudbury Branch Line allow festival-goers to return home by train subject to provision by the train operation companies. There are no moving exhibits during festival weekends, although train carriages are usually open to sit in and enjoy a drink, with one wagon doubling up as The Shunters Arms at the summer festival.
- 1 Museum History
- 2 Steam locomotives
- 3 Diesel locomotives
- 4 Diesel multiple units
- 5 Electric multiple units
- 6 Blur
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Formation of the Society
The Museum was originally formed as the Stour Valley Railway Preservation Society on 24 September 1968. The SVRPS was established at Chappel & Wakes Colne Station in December 1969 after a lease was obtained from British Rail to use the vacant goods yard and railway buildings, including the station building. The first public steam day took place three months later.
The goods shed and station buildings were quickly restored; with a workshop being set up in the goods shed to enable maintenance and restoration work to be undertaken on the rolling stock.
The Birth of the Museum
The Stour Valley Railway Preservation Society was renamed to the East Anglian Railway Museum in 1986 to represent its focus on representing British railway history, rather than just operating trains. The museum gained charitable status in 1991 (Registered Charity No. 1001579) and became a Registered Museum in 1995.
Since 2005, the museum has had a greater emphasis on interpretation and display facilities, although a large variety of events still take place each year to raise funds for the museum's activities.
The museum has a collection of industrial steam locomotives, in various states of repair.
- Returned to traffic in April 2007 after an 18 month overhaul and now used regularly on steam services.
- Painted lined brunswick green and black.
- Back in public service on 21 March 2008 following conversion into a Thomas the Tank Engine look-alike.
- London North Eastern Railway class N7 0-6-2T inside cylinder No. 7999 (BR No. 69621) "A J Hill " Built in 1924.
- Returned to Service in 2005 after many years of sterling work on both preserved railways and the main line. Currently it is on hire at the Churnet Valley Railway until the end of 2013.
- Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST outside cylinder Works No. 1047 "Storefield".
- Returned to traffic in 1999 after a rebuild, currently undergoing a ten-yearly overhaul.
- Painted unlined dark blue.
Awaiting overhaul or restoration
- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST outside cylinder Works No. 2039 "Jeffrey".
- Built in 1943. Awaiting a major restoration including new inner firebox. Currently on static display outside the museum entrance, painted black, lined-out in red and white.
- Built in 1942. Arrived at the East Anglian Railway Museum in March 2013 from the Battlefield Line Railway. Painted dark green, lined-out in red and yellow. This locomotive is currently awaiting evaluation as to the work required to get it operational again. The locomotive will need new boiler tubes and a new firebox.
The Museum has a collection of industrial diesel locomotives.
- Used regularly on shunting duties and sometimes passenger trains. Painted unlined black carrying fictitious number: 11249.
- Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 Works No. 333 "John Peel".
- A regular on shunting duties. Painted blue, lined-out in black and yellow.
- Operational and used as a 'Toby' for Thomas the Tank Engine events, has even got a Henrietta coach. Painted brown and grey.
- Simplex 0-4-0 No. 2029.
- Undergoing a major restoration. Painted blue and orange.
Diesel multiple units
A number of DMUs are in use and stored at the museum. The units are owned by Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Ltd. DUPA own other railcars which can be found in use at various preserved railways in the UK.
- British Rail Class 101 DMBS No. 51213 Operational. Br Blue. Built in 1958.
- British Rail Class 101 DTC No. 56358 Undergoing Internal Restoration.
Electric multiple units
British Rail Class 306 unit 017 was transferred to the museum in mid-2011 for a five-year loan period.
On 13 June 2009, alternative rock band Blur performed a concert at the museum, where they had performed their first concert in 1988. As in 1988, the band played to around 150 people in a goods shed. This concert was their first since 2001 and the first show of their 2009 mini-tour, which was followed by the band head-lining at the Glastonbury Festival and performing two concerts in Hyde Park.
- Butcher (Ed), Alan C. (2007) . Railways Restored 2007 (28 ed.). Ian Allen Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-3216-5.
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