DRS 20th Anniversary Charity Open Day 2015

This year’s event took place on Saturday 18th July 2015 at the DRS Kingmoor Depot in Carlisle and was officially opened by long-time DRS supporter, Pete Waterman.

DRS hold a charity open day every year to raise money for local charitable causes and we are delighted to announce that over £13,000 was raised at this year’s event so thank you everyone!

We welcomed over 3,000 visitors to take a look behind the scenes at DRS. Our drivers and technical staff were on hand to chat to visitors and explain what is involved in maintaining the DRS fleet of locomotives, some of which were at the depot so people could take a closer look. For those with a more technical interest, the maintenance depot itself was open to visitors, where a variety of engine equipment was on display.

Sammy the Safety Bear from Virgin Trains was also at event, along with the Network Rail Safety Bus and British Transport Police who were all highlighting how they help to keep the UK Rail Network safe for us all.


As this year marks the 20th Anniversary of DRS, we unveiled new livery at the event to celebrate the occasion. Visitors were able to watch as one of our Class 57s was wrapped in the new 20th Anniversary livery.

Neil McNicholas, Managing Director of DRS, was keen to thank all those who helped to organise and run the event on the day. He said, “My sincere thanks go to all who helped make this Open Day such a roaring success. Your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated. We have received some terrific feedback from those who attended. We are now the only Railway Company in the UK that holds an annual Open Day for enthusiasts.”


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