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Ever wondered what it’s like behind the doors of Derby’s major train maintenance depot? For the first time ever, the doors of Etches Park Train Maintenance Depot in Derby will open to the public as East Midlands Trains marks 175 successful years of Derby’s railways and celebrates the city’s rich railway heritage.
The Community Open Day, which will be held on Saturday 13 September, will offer fun for all the family and visitors of all ages with a range of exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day.
There will be plenty for visitors to see on the day, with some of the highlights including (subject to availability):
· Midland Railway No. 1000 4-4-0 Compound, designed by S W Johnson and built in Derby in 1902
There will also be model railway exhibitions ranging from 8 to 24 ft long, demonstrations showing how the depot’s wheel lathe and jacks work and a re-railing display.
Representatives from East Midlands Trains and Derby’s preserved railway companies will be on hand to answer questions.
In honour of Derby’s 175th anniversary, there will also be a special unveiling of shunting loco 08899 which will be re-painted in ‘Crimson Lake livery’ and will be fitted with a new nameplate “Midland Counties Railway 175 1839-2014”. Malc Simpson, engineer at Etches Park, who re-painted 08899 in the same colours to mark Derby’s 150th anniversary, will once again get his paintbrush out to mark another 25 successful years.
The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society, who are currently recreating LMS 10000, the first British mainline diesel electric locomotive, will also be officially launching the new engine at the depot open day.
Mark Coney, Head of Fleet Delivery for East Midlands Trains, said: “Etches Park plays a crucial part in Derby’s railway heritage and it’s very important for us to mark the 175th anniversary of the railway in our city. We’re really proud to be opening the doors to Etches Park for the first time so people can come and see what goes on at the depot and see some great examples of heritage and modern day rolling stock.”
Gates will open at 10am and close at 4.30pm with the last entry at 3.30pm. Tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.theticketfactory.com under ‘Etches Park Open Day’ and are priced at:
Adults - £11
Concessions - £7
Family (two adults and three children) - £29
All profits will be donated to the Railway Children’s Charity. There is no parking at the depot, however limited disabled parking will be available at East Midlands Trains’ Academy, located on Hudson Way, Pride Park, Derby. A safe walking route will be available from Derby train station (Pride Park entrance) to the depot. Refreshments will be available to purchase on site.