Railway Weekend attracts 100s of visitors ….

Posted on July 30th, 2013, by Vice Chairman

MORE than 600 people visited Weaver Hall Museum over the weekend (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013) and enjoyed the Railway Weekend that celebrated 150 Years of Rail Travel in Northwich.

The event was a Creative Partnership Working Event partnered by Weaver Hall Museum, the Mid Cheshire Community Partnership, MCRUA and the 8E Railway Association with support from the Warrington Model Railway Club.

Over 40 community volunteers were involved including a support team from The Friends of Weaver Hall Museum.

Railway Weekend - Stockton Mill

Stockton Mill – Exhibitor Katherine & Allan Stephenson

The celebrations included a model railway exhibition, an outdoor miniature railway, railway films and displays about our local railways.

Veteran engine driver, Ron Carey spent the Saturday afternoon reminiscing with visitors on the golden age of steam and Don Rustage from Mickle Trafford, near Chester, reported that his great grandfather travelled on the footplate of the first train out of Northwich when the Station opened on 1st January 1863.

Mayor with Don Rustage and David Roberts

The Mayor meets Don Rustage and David Roberts

The Mayor of Northwich, Cllr Bob Robinson, spent over two hours at the celebrations bringing along his son and 4 year old grandson.

Cllr Bob Robinson said: “I am so pleased to see so many people at the Museum celebrating Northwich’s rich heritage.

My wife’s father, Jim Elmes, worked with Ron Carey on the trains at Northwich and I was so pleased to show my young grandson a picture on display of his great grandfather on a steam engine at Northwich”.

Three Generations at the Railway Weekend

Three generations enjoy the Railway Weekend

Northwich resident, Keith Roberts, who visited the celebrations said:  “I used to walk to school at Sir John Deane’s in the1960s and remember steam trains thundering across the Weaver Viaduct.

These celebrations have brought back many nostalgic childhood memories including the model trains I received at Christmas and on my birthday”.

Mike Lenz, former chairman of the local 8E Railway Association, said: “Everyone who has visited the weekend has had their own railway story to tell. The star attraction was the Model Railway exhibition, youngsters enjoyed the outside miniature railway and the Regalette Cinema has been packed all weekend with visitors watching local railway films”.

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