|Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society|
To the Society’s new and relocated web pages. We start with a brief note about the circumstances.
Our former web master passed away in November 2012; also the domain name registration for altrincham-electric.org.uk expired in January 2013.
A non–UK corporate party has registered that domain name and posted pages on the web. These pages have no connection with the society, even though the English text appears to have been copied from an internet archive of our old pages.
Please note and bookmark our new address/url:-
A 1931 "Lekkie" multiple unit at Brooklands Station on its way to Altrincham
Photo – J D Darby
Photo Gallery added
Coaches Restoration work in 2013 pictures added
Excursion 2013 illustrated report added
Links page added
Live Wires sample copy added
2013-14 Talks details now on Lectures page
Recent Updates, more details now under "Lekkie" photo
The Society, also known as AERPS, was formed in 1970 to save some of the MSJ&AR 1931 'Altrincham Electric' multiple units. These were replaced by the 1959 designed (AM4, later known as class 304) 25kV AC units introduced from 1960 onwards.
A few months after their withdrawal, two centre trailer coaches were purchased by the AERPS for preservation. They were moved to the Yorkshire Dales Railway (now Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway) at Embsay near Skipton. Their arrival enabled the line to introduce a passenger service. After several years, the air braked coaches which lacked vacuum braking, could no longer be used on passenger trains. Stored in the open, their condition soon began to deteriorate. In 1983 the coaches were transferred to the Midland Railway Centre (now Midland Railway-Butterley) at Butterley in Derbyshire. More information on the Coaches page.
The Society is a focus for local railway interest, it has taken steps to preserve artefacts and records. These include books, photographs, drawings, signs and signals which it is hoped will one day form the nucleus of a museum display. Some members also take an interest in the history of the line and this has included writing books and photographing the line. Listed building status was obtained for Brooklands and Deansgate stations. They join a third, Oxford Road, which has the distinction of being the first post WWII building to be awarded such recognition.
AERPS provides the local community with railway and public transport based events and information, these include frequent public lectures in Altrincham, regular visits to places of railway interest, historical displays, celebration of historical dates and events, pamphlets, books, images and videos. During 1999 the Society took a leading role in the MSJ&AR 150 celebrations publishing a booklet and unveiling a plaque at Altrincham Station. The 75th anniversary of electrification was marked in 2006.
The partially restored coach is undergoing further work. The other coach can be visited at the Midland Railway-Butterley.
The Society is also a member of the Heritage Railway Association.
Members receive the Society’s journal Live Wires, free admission to the Winter Lecture Series and the opportunity to take part in all AERPS activities. They agree to abide by the Constitution. To join; download, print, complete and return this Application Form.
Live Wires is produced in full colour but printed in black and white due to the high cost of colour printing. Members who would like to receive a full colour electronic copy as a pdf; please email our Membership Secretary, Roger Morris. Your email address will not be given to any third party.
Download a full colour sample copy of Live Wires (Spring 2012), file size is 2.6 MB.
Facebook users can follow the Society at this link.
Links to other selected local information and railway related sites.
Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society
Please contact our new Webmaster with questions or comments.
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© March 2014