Crewe (CRE)

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.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: CRE
Opened: 1837
Platforms: 12
Crewe station, which opened in 1837, dates from the building of the Grand Junction Railway which linked two 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 twelve 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 North Western as well as local Northern and East Midlands Trains services plus Transport for 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.
350 110, in London Midland days, arrives

Northern 323 239 with a service for Manchester Airport

A Virgin Trains Pendolino, while a Thunderbird 57 rescue loco waits the other side of the wall

175 007, in Arriva Trains Wales days, stands at platform 6

A trio of DRS locomotives prepare to turn the air blue

66 125 takes a freight through Crewe