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Report - 10 Shop, Crewe Locomotive Works, Crewe - August 2019


GRONK

28DL Regular User
Regular User
August 2019

The Visit
I’ve had my eye on this one for longer than I care to admit and had all but given up on it, however driving past one morning I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted a way in, a few hours later I was back and inside the building, spending nearly 5 hours wandering around this vast 15,000 m² space. Work is currently underway to demolish this part of the works with half of the building already gone and only a few weeks before the rest meets the same fate, this part of the works fell out of use around 2007 with all work moving to a neighbouring building to the East which is still live today.

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The History
In the early 1840s the Grand Junction Railway Company began construction on a small railway works to the north of their station at Crewe, with the first locomotive being completed in 1843. By 1848 the works employed over 1,000 men producing one locomotive per week. Over the next 100 years the works expanded at a rapid rate with the town growing around it. During World War I the works becomes heavily involved in the production of munitions, it was at this time that women were first employed in the works.

In 1926 production begins on a new Erecting Shop that would eventually become known as ’10 Shop’. To help with the war effort in 1939 the works produced over 150 Covenanter tanks for the British Army, during this time between 7,000 and 8,000 men and women were employed. In 1956 the last steam locomotive was produced at Crewe, this was the 7,221st locomotive to be built in the works. Over the next 50 years the works slowly began to decrease in size as vast areas were redeveloped in the name of progress, with the last electric locomotive rolling off the production line in 1991. Following the break-up of British Rail the works has seen multiple owners and now employs around 250 staff.


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Cheers for looking. :thumb
Canon EOS 70D, 10-18mm EFS
 

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Ferox

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Bloody great looking spot there mate. Well shot and documented. Glad you got to see it in the end :thumb
 

host

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Stunning work that’s really my kind of place. Must give it ago soon I guess
 

Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
Good stuff matey glad you got it done..
 

Baggy trousers

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Woah, it's mad to think that a massive part of Crewes history is getting swept away. Such a shame. Great report that, takes me back to my youth going round there on open days. Thanks for posting Gronk.
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
Cracking stuff. Patience is a virtual we all have to have sometimes, pays off sometimes. Loving this, 171 yrs of history, Id be in heaven :thumb
 

KEITH MACLEOD

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
August 2019

The Visit
I’ve had my eye on this one for longer than I care to admit and had all but given up on it, however driving past one morning I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted a way in, a few hours later I was back and inside the building, spending nearly 5 hours wandering around this vast 15,000 m² space. Work is currently underway to demolish this part of the works with half of the building already gone and only a few weeks before the rest meets the same fate, this part of the works fell out of use around 2007 with all work moving to a neighbouring building to the East which is still live today.


The History
In the early 1840s the Grand Junction Railway Company began construction on a small railway works to the north of their station at Crewe, with the first locomotive being completed in 1843. By 1848 the works employed over 1,000 men producing one locomotive per week. Over the next 100 years the works expanded at a rapid rate with the town growing around it. During World War I the works becomes heavily involved in the production of munitions, it was at this time that women were first employed in the works.

In 1926 production begins on a new Erecting Shop that would eventually become known as ’10 Shop’. To help with the war effort in 1939 the works produced over 150 Covenanter tanks for the British Army, during this time between 7,000 and 8,000 men and women were employed. In 1956 the last steam locomotive was produced at Crewe, this was the 7,221st locomotive to be built in the works. Over the next 50 years the works slowly began to decrease in size as vast areas were redeveloped in the name of progress, with the last electric locomotive rolling off the production line in 1991. Following the break-up of British Rail the works has seen multiple owners and now employs around 250 staff.



Cheers for looking. :thumb
Canon EOS 70D, 10-18mm EFS
Brilliant
 

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