The trustees and volunteers of Electric Railway Museum have announced that the Coventry attraction will close later this year at its current location.
Situated on Rowley Road on land close to Coventry Airport and the Warwickshire village of Baginton, Electric Railway Museum occupies a site earmarked for commercial development.
Landowners Coventry City Council have not renewed the Museum’s lease and, despite concerted efforts by the trustees and volunteers behind the scenes, an alternative location for the attraction has not been found.
The trustees have said that the closure announcement is “not a done deal”, but unless an urgent solution is found over the coming weeks, the Museum will open to the public for the final time on Sunday 8 October.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Electric Railway Museum aims 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.
Electric Railway Museum currently houses the largest private collection of electric trains in the UK and is the only railway museum in Great Britain dedicated to electric traction. A registered charity, the work of the Museum is entirely run by volunteers and funded through donations from the public.
Despite only open to the public on selected days throughout the year, the Museum attracted more than 2,000 visitors to the region in 2016, and is on course to exceed that figure in 2017.
To learn more about the museum visit their website, or visit one of the following open days:
Sunday 13 August
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September (part of Heritage Open Days)
Sunday 8 October
10.30 am – 4.30 pm (all days)
FREE admission and parking