The Warcop Emporium was set up by the Friends of the Eden Valley Railway many years ago to raise funds for the Trust via the sale of donated items. Having been located in CCT M94749 for some years the 2013 season saw the Emporium move into new and larger premises. It is now located in S68010, the third ex Southern Region MLV at Warcop. 
 
The Emporium also houses the “ticket office”, having replaced the rather isolated booth at the entrance a couple of years ago. 
 
The new Emporium is about twice the size as the old one so we are able to display our wares much more effectively. We would like to thank Out of Eden hospitality product suppliers for the generous donation of the shelving material which has been very beneficial in making this possible. We are always sorting out our wares, having discovered that we had much more than we thought when the move was made, and such is the generosity of visitors and volunteers donating items to us that we now have more stock than will fit in a converted MLV. A canopy has been erected alongside the MLV to enable more of our wares to be put on sale in all weathers, not that we ever have inclement weather in Cumbria!!!! Some of our wares can also be found in our refreshment coach.

As the pictures below show, the Emporium is full of goods just waiting to be purchased: paperback and hardback fiction (all at 70p) and railway books are predominant, but we have other transport, archaeology, military, history, cookery and childrens books as well. Other goods for sale include lots of magazines on railways, model railways, road transport and others (starting at 20p per magazine), railwayana, CDs, videos, old postcards and lots of what is known as bric-a-brac. 
 
 Recent addition to the sales items is a range of old bus and railway tickets, luggage labels and similar paper ephemera, and a large donation of various magazines, including Railway Bylines, British Railways Illustrated, Backtrack, Steam Days, Classic Trains and many others, including a lot of aviation magazines.


A view of the Emporium from the desk taken before opening on 30th March 2013, with the webmaster’s vacuum cleaner (not for sale) prominent in shot during the final preparations. Since this picture was taken additional shelving has been added and some free standing bookcases added for the display of magazines.
Looking from the other end of the Emporium in the early days, with the shelving prominent
An external view of the Warcop Emporium, now sporting a much brighter coat than the original red undercoat, although the picture was taken on a rather gloomy day and was taken before the canopy was erected.


Page last updated on 19th July 2021 by Caroline Mitchell