175yrs GreyCelebrating the arrival of the railway to Chester 175 year’s ago.

This autumn, two anniversaries are being celebrated that heralded the start of railways in Chester. The Chester to Birkenhead line was opened on 23 September 1840 followed closely by the opening of the Chester to Crewe line on 1 October 1840

There will be exhibitions, talks, walks and events to celebrate the railways.

Exhibitions

Until 18 December

  • All Aboard! (trains, trains and more trains)
    Looking at the engines, the rolling stock, the railway workers and the travelling passengers
  • Homeward Bound (the railway streets)
    Looking at the close-knit communities beside the railways in Hoole, Newtown and Saltney.
  • This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore ( the lost stations)
    An expanding road network and car ownership led to the closure of many branch lines in the 20th century.
  • A Strangers Guide (the 19thc Chester tourist)
    Using early photographs, advertisements and local guides we can see what visitors to Chester would have done, where they stayed, and how they viewed the city.

Film

Screenings of classic film  The Ghost Train, at Chester History and Heritage 14 October.

 

Talks

19 October
RCTS Merseyside Chester & North Wales

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society meeting in Chester will have John Ryan speaking about aspects of the Chester and Birkenhead line.