The Miniature Railway

The site has a 7 1/4 inch gauge railway which runs on all operating days, passes through a tunnel and calls at 3 stations. It is worked by a variety of steam, battery electric and petrol driven locomotives and the full ride (out and back) takes 20 minutes. Also being developed on site are 5 inch and 3 1/2 inch gauge railways which will operate on selected days.

About the Miniature Railway

The Crewe Heritage Centre Miniature Railway was opened in 1992, five years after the Heritage Centre was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, Originally built from Old Works – Forge End, and subsequently extended from Forge End – Midge Bridge the Railway rapidly increased in popularity. In 2014 a new 100 foot long, 3.5” and 5” Raised duel-gauged track was opened.

Our Locomotives

Mercury

  • Type : Petrol
  • Builder : Maxitrak
  • Engine : Briggs & Stratton 6.5 h.p.
  • Transmission : Hydrostat
  • Notes : Formerly “Peter White”. Re-built at Crewe Heritage Centre in 2014 with new engine.

Jupiter

  • Type : Petrol
  • Builder : Unknown
  • Engine : Honda 13 h.p.
  • Transmission : Hydrostat
  • Notes : Ex Conway Valley Museum Railway. Arrived at Crewe Heritage Centre 2013.

Norcliff

  • Type : Petrol
  • Builder : Esse
  • Engine : Lifan 6.5 h.p.
  • Transmission : Hydrostat
  • Notes : B.R. “Hymek” outline. Named after 2 Crewe Heritage Volunteers, Clifford Ollier and Norman Boughy.

Vulcan

  • Type : Battery Electric
  • Builder : Severn-Lamb
  • Transmission : Electric Motor
  • Notes : American Outline. Undergoing overhaul.

Jenny

  • Type : Steam
  • Builder : Brett Rodgers
  • Wheel arrangement : 2-4-0 Saddle Tank
  • Cylinders : 2. Outside
  • Notes : Only steam locomotive owned by Crewe Heritage Centre. Undergoing overhaul.

Our Coaches

Numbers 1-5

  • Type : Sit astride
  • Builder : Knightley Light Railway Co.
  • Notes : 1,3 and 5 built in 1987. 2 and 4 built in 1980, shorter by 40 cm. 2 and 4 undergoing extensive rebuild.

Number 6

  • Type : Sit astride
  • Builder : Crewe Heritage Centre
  • Notes : New coach with modified bogie design. Entered traffic April 2018.

Our Wagons

Bogie Flat Wagon

Formerly covered coach, converted for use as permanent way wagon.

Guards Van

Handbrake fitted.

Views Along the Line

A Cab-ride

Gallery

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