Crewe, in the southern portion of Cheshire, is perhaps the UK’s archetypal railway town.
Crewe owes much of its existence (and indeed its name) to the railways – from the opening of the major railway junction in 1837 to the planning of the town itself in 1843. Today, it has a stellar reputation for different reasons, as the home of the Bentley production line... and one of the only British towns to have a Martian crater named after it.
Crewe’s location as a major junction on the West Coast Main Line makes it easy to get to on a range of routes and operators. Virgin Trains provides quick connections between London, Liverpool and Manchester, and between Birmingham and Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s also a stop on the CrossCountry and London Midland networks. East Midlands Trains to Derby begin at Crewe and Arriva Trains Wales services along the North Wales Coast also call at Crewe.
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Look beyond Crewe’s obvious locomotive attractions and you’ll find a pretty Edwardian theatre, the Lyceum, a newly redeveloped urban park and a fine Jacobean mansion, Crewe Hall, which is now a four star hotel.
Crew Station – and the junctions beyond – are on a truly sprawling site less than a mile from the town centre. The station itself is one of the most operationally significant in the UK. Meanwhile, the Crewe Heritage Centre in the nearby LMS railway yard is home to a range of signal boxes, an extensive miniature railway with steam, diesel and electric traction, and – the star of the show – an original BR Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train. A number of permanent and visiting diesel and steam locomotives are also on display.
Crewe Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/cre/details.html
Crewe Heritage Centre - http://creweheritagecentre.co.uk/
Cheshire East CW1 2NW