Rail enthusiasts from all over north Shropshire ere being given the chance to enjoy a free exhibition to celebrate a huge milestone for the Crewe to Shrewsbury rail line next month.

Crewe and Shrewsbury Railway Association and Wem Civic Society have combined to set up an exhibition to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the opening of Crewe and Shrewsbury railway opened to passengers in 1858.

This event, titled ‘Wem 160’, will be in the Glass Gallery of the Town Hall, Wem from August 30 to September 15 and entry will be free.

The original opening ceremony was on the September 7, 1858, when a dinner was held in the White Horse Inn, Wem.

The dinner cost five shillings for ‘Dinner, Dessert and Ale.’ The railway has survived with most of its stations still open, though sadly the White Horse Inn has not.

Wem Civic Society Wem Civic Society aims to stimulate public interest in the Wem area, promote high standards of planning, and secure protection of features of this area.

If you want to know more about the society and attend meetings, you can discover more at Facebook by searching for Wem Civic Society or you can head to their website at http://www.wemlocal.org.uk/ where there is illustrations and links to other events.