The 8E Railway Association was formed by a group of local railway enthusiasts who had become involved in servicing the steam locomotives stabled at Northwich prior to the 1980 ‘Rocket 150’ celebrations at Rainhill on Merseyside. The same group continued to service the visiting locos at Northwich MPD and decided in 1981 to form the association, taking its name from the shedcode (8E) of the former Northwich steam depot.
Over the years many locos were ‘8E serviced’ including Lord Nelson, Duchess of Hamilton, Leander, Evening Star, Clan Line, Princess Elizabeth, King George V and Flying Scotsman.
Following the closure of Northwich MPD (Nov 1984) servicing activities continued at Chester, followed by Crewe Heritage Centre from 1987. Although no longer servicing main line steam locos as a group, the 8E Railway Association remains and its aims are to promote railway preservation generally, and to this end we are now a purely support organisation. A varied programme of talks, and slide/film shows of both historical and modern railways, and other events are held monthly throughout the year. Many members are also involved in a more practical way, working at a variety of preserved railways and operating main-line tours.