- Who are we and what do we do?
The Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust was established as a charity in July 2003 to:
- raise public awareness of the railway heritage of Shrewsbury and its region;
- advance the education of the public about the railway heritage of Shrewsbury and its region through lectures, publications and other means;
- collect, document, conserve and interpret material evidence of the railway heritage of Shrewsbury and its region for the public benefit;
- establish and maintain a museum for the care, display and interpretation of material evidence of the railway heritage of Shrewsbury and its region for the public benefit;
- support the preservation and interpretation of historic buildings and other structures associated with the railway heritage of Shrewsbury and its region for the public benefit.
The Trust is managed by an elected group of Directors who form a Committee that meets on a monthly basis to oversee the work of the Trust.
Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity ( Charity Number 1116296 ) set up under The Companies Act 1985 and 1989 as a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee and not having A Share Capital’ (Company Number 4847614).
A ‘ NEWSLETTER ‘ is produced four times a year and distributed free to members . The newsletter can be purchased by non- members for £1.00 plus postage.
PRESS RELEASE AND LATEST NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2014
A New ‘Through Railway Service’ to London Euston
Shropshire and Telford is about to have a new ‘through railway service’ to London Euston courtesy of Virgin Trains [and doubtless] a very generous subsidy from the taxpayer via the Department for Transport. The new service is planned to start from December this year. We hope that residents and businesses will regularly use the new service thereby justifying the Governments support.
The Wrexham Shropshire Marylebone Railway
In the recent past Shropshire had a through service to London Marylebone, provided by the ‘Open-Access’ operator – Wrexham & Shropshire Railway, which was a top quality service, highly valued by all who used it. Sadly the service was cut after only three years, to the dismay and disappointment of all users and of the loyal staff teams who had worked so hard to make a success of the brave, but ultimately doomed venture.
What really happened to the Wrexham & Shropshire?
To get the ‘inside story’ of what REALLY caused the demise of the Wrexham & Shropshire service is the subject of a recently published book, entitled – ‘Wrexham & Shropshire– Open Access, the one that got away’ by Richard Harper & Gordon Rushton.
The book takes you through all the stages in the life of the WSMR, from setting up the service, the search for alternative rolling stock, dealing with the bureaucrats, and battling with competitors. It describes the successes and failures of the Wrexham & Shropshire, eventually relating how and why the service ceased, and what its assets were used for.
Book signing at the Abbey Station – SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
The Chairman of The Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust, Cllr Mansel Williams comments ‘If you want a signed copy of the new book – the authors Richard Harper and Gordon Rushton will be doing a book signing session at the Abbey Station, Abbey Foregate on Saturday September 13th from 10.30 – 14.30. If you are unable to come along to the Abbey Station on the 13th September for a personally signed copy of the book, you can order a signed copy by contacting Cllr Mansel Williams on Shrewsbury 235103 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the websitewww.shrewsburyrht.org.uk
NOTICE TO MEMBERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC. THE ABBEY STATION WILL BE OPEN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES DURING THIS YEAR.
OPENING HOURS ARE NORMALLY FROM 10:00 – 16:00
STOP PRESS WE WILL HAVE COPIES OF GEOFF CRYER’S NEW BOOK ‘SHROPSHIRE RAILWAYS’ FOR SALE THIS WEEKEND . PRICE £16.99
14th & 15th June
, 13th & 14th September
, 25th & 26th October
There will be other days during the year , when the station will be open – when Steam trains are in town and on Abbey & Wildlife Trust Fayre Days – please check website for updates.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP ON OPEN DAYS
We need volunteers to help us at the Abbey Station. You do not need specialist railway knowledge, but will need good welcoming and listening skills. If interested please contact MANSEL WILLIAMS on:
Tel: 01743 235103 Mobile: 07804219253
By Letter to: 15, Havelock Road, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury . SY3 7ND
We have recently ( April 2014 ) added a number of Albums to the
Gallery depicting various stages in the Abbey station’s renovation
The wagon , illustrated below, will be on sale at Open days at a special price of £9:00
LIMITED EDITION WAGON
This wagon, produced by Dapol , represents, in OO gauge, a wagon used pre- war by the ‘Shrewsbury Cooperative Society’.
Wagons can also be purchased and sent by post ( postage £2.50 for one wagon, postage for larger orders will be advised on placing order )
Please email: email@example.com for further details.