Crewe (CRE)

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line)
Station code: CRE
Opened: 1837
Crewe is one of the great historic rail centres, a major junction on the West Coast Main Line and the gateway to the North West of England. Crewe station dates from the building of the Grand Junction Railway which linked 2 existing railways and meant London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool were now connected by rail. Crewe station is at the centre of a wide array of railway related sites including Crewe Electric Depot and Crewe Works which manufactured many locomotives ranging from the BR 9F to the HST power cars.

Crewe is a large station with 12 platforms, some of which are a considerable length. Services to the station are very varied and include WCML trains run by Virgin Trains and London Midland as well as local Northern and East Midlands Trains services plus Arriva Trains Wales services to Chester and Wales. There are also Cross County and Caledonian Sleeper services and freight and special workings.

Much of the platforms are covered by canopies though there are quite a few gaps in these at platform extremities and it looks a bit dilapidated. As with all larger stations there are also the usual collection of coffee shops and kiosks. Due to its location Crewe and the great variety of traffic the station has remained a popular destination for enthusiasts.
173 003 departs from under the extensive canopies

A track machine pauses

67 021 passes through light engine

A Pendolino and a Class 57 either side of the wall