The Churnet Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge heritage railway to the east of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, that operates along a part of the former North Staffordshire Railway's (NSR) Churnet Valley Line. Regular services travel between the two main stations at Cheddleton (the base of operations and motive power and where I TOAL from) and Kingsley and Froghall (the commercial and administrative base). There is an intermediate station at Consall. Most trains also head beyond Cheddleton to Leek Brook Junction and on to Ipstones, but Ipstones station is not icurrently n use. The Station master was super helpful and was totally on board with me using my mini 2 to take pictures. Aiden, even pointed out the best vantage point to get the shot I was after... top man!
The railway is roughly 10+1⁄2 miles (16.9 km) long from Kingsley and Froghall to Ipstones. The land from Leek Brook Junction to Ipstones was opened by Moorland & City Railways (MCR) in 2010 after they took a lease out from Network Rail. This has subsequently been purchased by the CVR. The train in the photo is No 5197 an ST160 2-8-0 Owned by Batt Holden Ltd. Ten-year overhaul recommenced June 2014 and was completed in January 2017. Star of the popular Polar Express UK specials at the Telford Steam Railway. The signal box st Cheddleton: North Staffordshire Railway was relocated in 1978 from Elton. This houses a lever frame which allows access between the "main line" and the bay platform/motive power depot but operationally is regarded as a ground (shunt) frame, no other operational signalling equipment being present.
I just missed one train going out so killed time at the Boat Inn next to the Station. Very nice pub lunch and an ale to be had with great service.
Station located at Cheddleton, Leek ST13 7EG and is well signposted. A free carpark is adjacent to the Station and access is over the level crossing. Full details at website below
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