About the Diesel Gala Weekend
In the middle of a triangle formed by the cities of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester sits the railway town of Crewe. It was once the place where from 1946 until 2002, Rolls Royce automobiles were produced. One notable citizen of Crewe was William Hope (1863-1933), a possibly schizophrenic spiritualist-photographer who developed what was called 'spirit photography' to bilk believers out of their hard-earned cash. Every April in Crewe, people and their ghost relatives will want to take 'spirit selfies' at the Diesel Gala Weekend at the Crewe Heritage Centre.
July 24th, 1987 was a big day indeed for the town of Crewe as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, officially opened the Crewe Heritage Centre.
The locomotive that most visitors want to see is the Advanced Passenger Train or APT, a BR Class 370 train. There are several permanent exhibits like an iconic passenger locomotive from the 1980s that was renamed the Class 47 Lady Diana Spencer, a Class 87 Robert Burns, and a varied list of visiting locomotives on loan from other museums and generous owners. The Exhibition hall is not only an excellent place for children but is ideally suited as a venue for indoor events and shows like the Wheels of War. Enthusiasts will enjoy the Crewe Heritage Centre Miniature Railway that opened in 1992 plus signal boxes, model trains and railways. After seeing all that, grab a bite to eat at the café and buy a souvenir from the gift shop to complete your visit.
Crewe Heritage Centre
The Crewe Heritage Centre dates to 1840 and is located where the original Crewe Locomotive Works was situated. The first locomotive built at Crewe went into service in 1843, and by 1848 the Works employed over 1,000 people, making a new locomotive at the rate of one per week.
Entry To The Event
The Diesel Gala Weekend is the kick-off to the season that starts around Easter and runs every weekend until October. The event goes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but guests must enter before 3:30 p.m. The entry fee is £7.00 for adults, £5.00 for children age 5 to 16 and 60+ seniors. The family ticket is £15.00. If you are a frequent visitor, consider a season ticket at £40.00 for an adult and £80.00 for a family. Better yet, become a Heritage Centre Supporter and enjoy half-price admission (except third party events).
Somewhere to Stay in Cheshire
Just south of the centre where the A534, A532, and Crewe Road form a roundabout is a cluster of hotels for visitors wanting to spend the night. The rates are competitive with lower rates for lodging being found further away in any direction. Caravaners will find ample pitches in campsites that are northwest of Crewe.
Getting To Crewe Heritage Centre
Drivers approaching the Gala Weekend from the A530 will head east from the roundabout on the A532 (Coppenhall Lane). Look for the Grenson Motor Company as a landmark. The A532 changes to West Street. At the stoplight where West Street meets Bessemer Way, keep going straight onto Dunwuddy Way (A5078). Stay on the A5078 and, at the third roundabout, go straight to the A5019. At the next roundabout, take the third exit and head south to the destination. From the Crewe Green Roundabout east of the Crewe Heritage Centre, take Hungerford Road (A532) that will intersect at the A5019 roundabout where you will head south.
Other Things To Do Around Crewe
Some people attending the Diesel Gala Weekend will remember the good old days of the early 1960s when schoolchildren were drilled in what to do in case a nuclear war broke out. Visiting the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, a 35,000 square foot underground bunker, declassified in 1993 and now a tourist attraction about 10 miles from Crewe, will allow you to see where regional government officials would have gone while those above awaited their fate. On a cheerier note, the Bentley Motors Factory Tour is another Crewe attraction.
Well behaved dogs are welcome on a leash. People who use wheelchairs will need to contact the centre about any accessibility issues for this event. People attempting to take 'spirit selfies' should expect to be met with some amused reactions.
When is the next Diesel Gala Weekend?
The Diesel Gala Weekend is planned to take place at Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB, Saturday 6th April, 2019. This is a Weekend Diesel Gala.
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