a once in a lifetime railway spectacular held at Crewe Loco Works
on 10/11 September 2005

General Info & Charity Fund

In addition to the unique array of locomotives there will be numerous displays and associated trade stands, and in particular, an impressive demonstration of model railways and modelling techniques. There will also be entertainment suitable for the younger visitors, which includes amongst other things the ever popular art of face painting. And as if that were not enough there will also be a Victorian steam powered roundabout and a display of vintage motor cars. On-site amenities will include catering and car parking (or park-and-ride) facilities.

This all adds up to a superb weekend, which will not only appeal to the railway enthusiast, but to the whole family. Add to that the benefit, which will be passed on to the selected local charities, and the preserved railway movement, by way of the established Webb Crewe Works Charity Fund and it is easy to see that everyone wins. Six local charities have been selected to benefit from the proceeds. In addition financial support will be given to selected projects undertaken by some of the regions preserved railways.

Each charity is involved with the planning of the event and will be providing volunteers and publicity. The heritage railways selected will again be the Llangollen Railway, Churnet Valley Railway and East Lancs Railway, however these railways have not yet indicated what purpose the money will be used for. Each of these railways received £10k from the 2003 Crewe Open Weekend. This was used as follows - LLangollen Railway - Berwyn Viaduct appeal, East Lancs Railway - signalling on Heywood Extension and Churnet Valley Railway to complete internal fixings and fittings on Frogall station. (It is interesting that the latter one attracted match funding of £6666 from European funding). Again many volunteers from these three railways assisted at the last event. The exact total raised for charities at the last event cannot be exactly determined! This is because so many railway and loco societies also raised money for other charities on their stands. So too did other cahritable organisations that took stands at the event. For example, EWS raised £4k for the Railway Children Charity. The Webb Crewe Works Charity Fund aims to improve upon the amount rasied in 2003 when close to £60k was raised by the fund.

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