Earlier this month our local blogger Natasha was invited to go and spend a morning at Crewe Heritage Centre, a railway museum located between Crewe railway and Crewe town centre. "I couldn’t believe I had never been here before, what a great little find!" Take a read to see how she got on...
Once a month they have their ‘Off The Rails’ classic car meet so we thought what better day to go and visit them! When we arrived, we parked in their free car park and headed over to the admissions desk, where we were greeted by one of their volunteers. Tickets are £5 for adults and this year children under 16 go free! You can definitely spend a whole day here with the family, there was plenty to look around and explore.
We first went to look round the InterCity APT (Advanced Passenger Train) which arrived there in 1988. It looks so different to trains now and you could even go and see the bar they once used in there! We then went to explore the retired tram that was used on the metrolink, between
Manchester Piccadilly, Altrincham and surrounding stations. I sat in the cab and we got lots of pictures (whilst I pretended I knew what all the controls were for...)
Their car show included a variety of cars, vans, trucks andstatic engines. They run these once a month even out of season! Inside they also have lots of billboards full of the history about Crewe transport. When we had finished looking at all the cars, we decided to take a break and head over to their cafe where they were serving hot sandwiches and drinks.
We headed up to the ‘Crewe North Junction’ which had an amazing view of the Heritage Centre and Crewe train station. This is where they used to manually change the directions of the trains arriving and departing the station. We noticed the miniature railway, which is a gauge railway that takes visitors on a 20 minute trip between the Spider Bridge and Crewe Old Works Station.
Overall we had a great time here and would love to go back with some more of the family! This is perfect for children and adults to enjoy a day out. They are open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from April to October. As I mentioned it is run solely by volunteers, so whether you fancy a day trip or are interested about becoming a volunteer their website is crewehc.co.uk and you can also find them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!