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Crewe Heritage Centre

The Crewe Heritage Centre was constructed on the site of the original Crewe locomotive works by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council during 1986-87 and was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in July 1987.

Since then the Centre has gone from strength to strength, and in 2012 the site hosted part of the ”Crewe 175” celebrations. The Centre is home to 3 signal boxes; Crewe North Junction, Crewe Station A and Exeter West as well as the last surviving Advanced Passenger Train (BR Class 370) that has sat along side the West Coast Mainline since 1992. We also have several locomotives in our ownership including D1842 (47 192), the first Class 47 locomotive to enter preservation, and also locomotives of classes Class 03 and 87. One of our most popular attractions is our 600 yard Miniature Railway. Consisting of six locomotives. The miniature railway was opened in 1992 with two engines, these two engines can still be seen today, in full working order, thanks to the dedication of our staff. The Heritage Centre is also host to the NMRA Calder Northern Group, who currently occupy part of the North Junction Signal Box, and operate model trains based on North American practice..

The Crewe Heritage Festival

The Crewe Heritage Festival took place to mark 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the first passenger train to stop at Crewe station on the Grand Junction Railway (GJR), from Warrington to Birmingham. The festival opened on June 24th 1987 with the main focus being at the Heritage Centre. The festival was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in July 1987. The festival also included the Crewe Works open day, this allowed the public to visit the historic locomotive works and see first hand how locomotives were constructed.

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