Crewe’s June open day to have more than 30 exhibits

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Tickets for the summer open day at Crewe diesel depot will go on sale at 10am on February 6th.

A planned line-up of more than 30 locomotives and units means the event is shaping up well, according to organisers.

‘Deltic’ No. D9016 Gordon Highlander under restoration inside Crewe Diesel Depot during January. Note the irreverent addition of the DP2 number.

The charity All Change event is being held at the Locomotive Services Limited (LSL) depot, next to the station, which has undergone an amazing transformation since Jeremy Hosking decided to base his railway operations there.

Virgin Trains staff based at Crewe station are organising the event with LSL and The RM as media partner. Money raised will be donated to the NET Patient Foundation, which helps sufferers of neuroendocrine tumours, and the Rethink charity, which provides help and support for people affected by mental illness.

It is hoped the day will raise around £50,000.

Exhibits will include an LNER Class 91, (91119 requested), a TransPennine Class 68 and Mk5a stock, an East Midlands Trains Class 43 power car, Classes 20, 37, 56, 60, 66, 67, 70, 73, 86, 88, 90, 92, and five Class 47s.

A Network Rail test train will be inside the maintenance shed, Virgin will provide a ‘Pendolino’ and a ‘Voyager’, and examples of DMU will include a Class 121 ‘bubble car’, a Class 142 ‘Pacer’ (hopefully 142001), 158 and 170.

The heritage railway sector will be represented by prototype HST power car No. 41001, a ‘Western’, Class 31, 33 and 46, fresh from the Severn Valley Railway gala, plus a Class 50, probably one in GB Railfreight livery.

Read more in the February 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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