Crewe Heritage Centre

  • ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

    ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

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    NEW-BUILD LMS ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior arrived at the Midland Railway-Butterley’s Swanwick Junction on the evening of August 12, beginning the final chapter in the construction of the new Fowler 4-6-0. The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust has been awarded the contract to complete the assembly of No. 5551 (RM August), which is…

  • Duchess of Sutherland team to complete new-build ‘Patriot’

    Duchess of Sutherland team to complete new-build ‘Patriot’

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    THE Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) has been awarded the contract to complete Fowler ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior by the LMS-Patriot Project. The PRCLT also operates and maintains Stanier Pacific No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. The ‘Patriot’s’ bottom end and associated components will leave their current home at Crewe Heritage Centre later this…

  • More ‘Patriot’ progress as 2020 target date looms

    More ‘Patriot’ progress as 2020 target date looms

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    The LMS-Patriot Project is picking up the pace of construction of its Fowler ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior across three fronts as the November 2020 steaming target draws closer.

  • Model railways at the  Crewe Heritage Centre

    Model railways at the Crewe Heritage Centre

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    Pete Kelly pays an out-of-season visit to the Crewe Heritage Centre to see what remains of the massive junction of his youth, and is surprised to discover that the railway modeller will also find something of interest there. So rapid is the pace of change these days that it can be a terrible mistake to…

  • Class 47 No. 47712 set for main line return

    Class 47 No. 47712 set for main line return

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    Crewe Diesel Preservation Group has announced that its Brush-built Type 4 is to return to the main line as part of an 18-month agreement with Locomotive Services Limited. In a statement, CDPG said: “This is a safeguarded deal whereby No. 47712 will complement LSL’s existing fleet of Class 47s on fill-in work. This will include…

  • Superb restoration work on APT power car at Crewe

    Superb restoration work on APT power car at Crewe

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    APT-P motor power car No. 49006 has been restored to its former glory. It arrived at the Crewe Heritage Centre (CHC) from storage at the now-closed Electric Railway Museum, Coventry in dreadful external condition at the beginning of the year. Restoration started in mid April when the former National Collection vehicle was formally handed over to…

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