Rare open day for Electric Railway Museum

A public open weekend will be held at the Coventry Electric Railway Centre site on Rowley Road, Baginton on the weekend of Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of September 2010. 

Visitors will be able to view an extensive collection of electric traction, with many vehicles unique to the CERC.

Two locomotives on the site are celebrating significant birthdays. Ruston & Hornsby 165DE `MAZDA’ is 60 years old, whilst English Electric Overhead/Battery locomotive `Spondon No.1′ is celebrating 75 years of operating service. Both locos will be in operation on shunting demonstrations.

The stock on site will be uncovered for the event and some items will be open for interior viewing. It is hoped to have the LMS Class 503 `Wirral’ unit reformed correctly for the first time in nearly twenty years in time for the event. The two car class 501, the last examples of which were taken out of passenger traffic 25 years ago, will be on display and the ongoing restoration work on this unit can be viewed. 

In addition to the trains there will be a display of contemporary artwork by some local artists who will be on hand to talk about their work and techniques. Also, the West Midlands Fire Service will have one of their fire engines on site with a full crew.

The CERC is open:
Saturday 25th – 10:00 to 18:00
Sunday 26th – 11:00 to 17:00

Admission is free.

There will be on-site car parking available. If you are traveling by public transport, bus service No. 1 runs from the over bridge at the north end of Coventry railway station (bus stop is on the opposite side of the road from the station). The Coventry Electric Railway Centre is a fifteen minute walk along Rowley Road from the bus stop at Toll Bar Roundabout. 

Spondon in 2006. Picture: Jonathan Webb

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