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Friday, August 25, 2006

CHURNET VALLEY

The Caldon canal a branch of the Trent & Merseywas opened in 1779 to transport limestone from the quarries Froghall.
The canal was owned from the 1840`s by the North Staffordshire Railway as was the railway to Macclesfield but by 1988 under British Rail the last stretch of line closed.
By 1996 a group of railway enthusiasts had started running a steam hauled passenger service between Cheddleton & Froghall, a return journey of some 10 miles.
Now as it`s my mate Bills birthday and like me he is a steam train buff we will have a few extra pics, and also Kevin must be looking in. DMRC rules.
Steam trains only run on a Wednesday and all w`end. This diesel unit runs at all other times.
This is a loco inside the shed area udergoing repair.

This is Cheddleton stn. headquaters of the Churnet Valley Railway and the site of the engine shed and carriage & wagon sidings.


A steam hauled passenger train having just left Consall stn. has crossed the canal and is passing the Black Lion pub and that`s my boat NB VALERIE in the picture as well.



This shows the narrowness of the canal as i pass under the overhanging platform and more so the waiting room of Consall Station.

2 comments:

Chas and Ann said...

We were there last year but did not go through the tunnel! We are on the River Great Ouse near St Neots.

les said...

Hi Chas/Ann
I remember posting a comment on your blog, i think when you were going past consal stn. on the caldon. It showed what i thought was a kingfisher at the bottom of the picture but it turned out to be your tiller pin.
Be safe hope we meet soon.
LES

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs