Electric Railway Museum, Coventry prepares to throw its doors open for visitors of all ages to explore its rich collection and learn about work going on behind the scenes. The Museum will be open Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2011 from 11am – 5 pm both days. Admission is free!
Electric Railway Museum is a UK based charity who aim to promote the heritage of all electric trains in the UK through traction and rolling stock restoration, display and operation The museum is located in Baginton, on the outskirts of Coventry.
On display will be an extensive array of electric locomotives and multiple units, including the Clacton Class 309s, the Wirral Class 503 and the ever-popular 2-EPB unit complete with street art livery by Warwickshire-based artist Rumah, which depicts the history of electric railways.
Visitors will get the chance to see trains in action too, as both their Spondon No. 1 and MAZDA locomotives will be performing shunting duties across the site. During the weekend, members of the public will be able to climb aboard the Class 503 and one of the Class 309s, complete with the museum display (Museum 309) and café, serving hot and cold beverages, snacks and light bites.
In addition, Coventry City Council and Coventry Transport Museum have arranged a free bus service on both days to bring visitors from the city centre to Electric Railway Museum. If you are arriving by car, free on-site car parking will be available during the Open Weekend.
The Open Weekend comes as part of Heritage Open Days (8 – 11 September). This yearly event organised by English Heritage celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to cultural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. Electric Railway Museum takes part in Heritage Open Days for the first time in 2011. For more information on Heritage Open Days visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.