Make tracks for the Electric Railway Museum for a fun and free trip out for all the family.
Open Days for 2016
Last Open Day for 2016
An exciting new exhibit opens in September
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new permanent exhibit — The Victoria Line Signalling Centre. The Opening Ceremony will take place during our forthcoming Heritage Open Weekend on Saturday & Sunday 10th-11th September. more info
On Site Attractions
Wander amongst trains of the past
The Electric Railway Museum is home to the largest private collection of electric rail traction in the UK. Some of the items are either owned or on long term loan to the Museum whilst others are owned by other organisations or individuals but are permanently on display at the museum. Not all the items have been restored, some are in the process and others are stored pending restoration in the future.
See our big trains in action
On selected opening dates we will be operating some of the locomotives and other vehicles from the collection on live shunting demonstrations within the limits of our yard. These are for run for visitor entertainment and we are not able to offer any train rides to the public at present.
Celebrating its 2nd Birthday at ERM
We can offer rides on our small scale train to both young and old alike on our 7 and a quarter inch gauge railway. In keeping with the theme of the museum the line’s motive power is all electric and supplied by the power of batteries! This attraction was added to the site for our 2014 season and proved very popular. As a result it has been extended further for 2015. The miniature railway is located right by the new public entrance gate, adjacent to the car park off of the Rowley Road.
Your stop for refreshments
You can also take time out in the Clacton Café, so called as it is converted from a 1960s Clacton Express train. Here we serve hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and refreshments. We also have a well stocked souvenir shop for you to obtain a memento of your visit.
Smaller exhibits onboard
One of our two Class 309 units has been converted for use as both a museum gallery where you can learn about the pioneering work in the discovery of electro-magnetic theory and the development of the use of electricity to revolutionise Britain’s railways. We have interactive displays and a number of small exhibits from periods of history on display.
See what else goes on at our Open Days
We have on site parking facilities at no charge. If you have mobility problems and require to park in a more central point for the site facilities then please contact us in advance of your visit and we will make every effort to assist with your requirements.
The Victoria Line Signalling CentreVictoria
The Electric Railway Museum is pleased to announce this new permanent exhibit will open on site in September. The opening Ceremony will take place during the Heritage Open Weekend — this year on Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th September.
The official Opening Ceremony takes place at 1.00pm on Saturday 10th September 2016 by Dr. David Millard, former General Manager of both the Northern Line and Hammersmith & City Line, with the display open to the public thereafter.
London Underground’s Victoria Line opened in 1968 and featured many technological innovations, such as Automatic Fare Collection and Automatic Train Operation. The system was implemented under the auspices of the, then, Chief Signalling Engineer, Robert Dell. Dell combined innovations from his career prior to the Victoria Line (including centralised control, programme machine scheduling and automatic route setting) with new developments to create a signalling and train control system that made the Victoria line, at the time of opening, the most advanced metro system in the world.
The new display is housed inside the passenger accommodation area of the Class 308 EMU vehicle and features the Victoria Line push-button control desk and line diagrams from the 1968 control room at Cobourg Street. A separate area displays a large collection of equipment decommissioned from Brixton Interlocking Machine Room (one of the automated signalboxes along the route), including the lever frame with its horizontal moving levers, and the famous Programme Machines, which contain rolls of plastic with holes punched to represent a complete week’s train schedule.
The equipment all pre-dates the modern computer; much of it is electro-mechanical or electro-pneumatic, combined with very early electronic logic. The display will ultimately see a number of these artefacts restored to working order.
The ATO system in use at the Cobourg Street Control Room
Photo: many thanks to the ‘London Transport Museum Friends’
Formed in 2007, the Electric Railway Museum Limited is a UK based charitable company who aim to promote the heritage of all electric trains in the UK through traction and rolling stock restoration, display and operation along with work in gathering historically relevant technical and photographic archives. Our work is entirely run by volunteers and funded by donations.
All of our projects are entirely staffed and funded by volunteers so we need the support of people like you to ensure we succeed in achieveing our aims. Please consider making a donation or perhaps taking-out a standing order and becoming a member of our Supporters Association.
Become a Volunteer!
We’re always looking for more volunteers of all ages and abilities both on- and off-site for technical and non-technical tasks so we’re sure you have something to offer us, so please do get in touch. Our need for more volunteer workers is to assist in a number of areas of our work including:
- Railway Vehicle Restoration
- Gardening & Landscaping
- Traction Restoration & Maintenance
- Permanent Way Work
- Railway Operations
The Electric Railway Museum was formed by members of various electric traction preservation projects in a ‘coming together’ of both minds and resources for the common promotion of the cause within the UK railway heritage movement because it was commonly felt that representation of electric traction preservation was severely under achieving and needed:
- permanent home that forms the centre of the operation and the display of principal artefacts
- cohesive collections policy to focus on what was going to represent development of the form for future generations
Our Aims are two-fold
- To advance the education of the public in the history, science and engineering of electricity and its application in railway transport
- To preserve, restore and operate for the benefit of the public items of historical, engineering, scientific, socio-economic or architectural value relating to the subject of electric railways
Find us on Rowley Road, just two miles from Coventry City Centre and close to the village of Baginton.
By Road We are easily reached from the M1 (M45), M6 and the M69. Follow the signs for Coventry, then follow the brown tourist road signs for Coventry Air Museum as we are located right next door. For SatNav our postcode is CV3 4LE.
By Rail Coventry Station is served by Virgin Trains, London Midland and Cross Country – and a short bus ride.
By BUS Catch the #539 bus from Coventry Station on Warwick Road (over the bridge at the western end of the station and on the same side of the road as the station). The #539 to Kenilworth runs every two hours on Saturdays (not Sundays) passing within walking distance of the museum. Alight at Baginton Post Office for a 15 minute walk up Rowley Road.
By TAXI From the taxi rank at Coventry Station’s forecourt to the museum costs in the region of £8-10 each way.
If you have any queries about arranging a visit or would like to know more about our work at the museum, please get in touch.
Write to us at: 10 Stonebury Ave, Coventry CV5 7FY