Electric Railway Museum set to close in October

THE trustees of Electric Railway Museum have confirmed that the Coventry-based attraction will close in October.

As reported in The RM, the site is earmarked for commercial development and landowner Coventry City Council has not renewed the museum’s lease. Despite concerted efforts by the trustees and volunteers behind the scenes, an alternative location for the attraction has not been found.

EMUs and electric locos at the Electric Railway Museum, destined for new homes when the attraction closes in October.

Unless a solution is found that reprieves the museum, its remaining open days will be held on August 13, September 9/10 with a final open day on October 8. Admission and parking is free.

Museum chairman Ian Brown said: “The closure of Electric Railway Museum in its current form is a real blow to the railway preservation movement and, unfortunately, it is unlikely we will be the last heritage centre to have to overcome such challenges in the near future.

“This is certainly not the end of the line for Electric Railway Museum and we are already actively working with the railway heritage sector and external partners to ensure that locomotives and vehicles currently on the site are not endangered, with a view in the longer term to establish a new location for our core collection and privately owned items,” he added.

Museum exhibits include vehicles from Classes 307, 308, 309, 457 and an APT power car.

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