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“Not a trip for railway buffs.”

Churnet Valley Railway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Froghall
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey. Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days. Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House. At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We visited the railway as the annual trip for our Model Railway Club. To start with, the website was inaccurate, misleading and difficult to navigate: the additional price for the extension line was out by 50p; the ticket was advertised as a rover, but that only applies to the section between Kingsley & Froghall Station and Cheddleton, which is the shortest section, the ticket for the extension was for one trip only; and it was difficult to find a timetable for the day of our visit.
On arrival we found that there was only one train running, not two as the diesel railcar had broken down and the timetable was such that having a rover ticket didn't work (although as a group we were able to negotiate a second trip on the extension as compensation). Access to the shed at Cheddleton was restricted to stepping through the door into a small display area. There is no access to the yard. This, combined with the speed with which the loco was run round the train gave very few opportunities for taking photographs.

On the return from our second trip up the extension there was a major warp in the track, which meant that we had to proceeded very slowly back to Froghall, although full marks to the driver and crew for getting us past the obstruction. I was not impressed by one of the volunteers who wanted to hold up an already late train to get a drink.In fact the whole operation seemed to be run on somewhat amateurish lines.

If you are going, the tiny museum at Cheddleton is worth a visit and it is worth paying the supplement to ride the extension as the scenery is good and the gradients mean that the locomotive has to work hard.

The cost of the trip was £18, which compared with the £17 return on the West Somerset Railway, for example, represents poor value for money.

The acid test; would I go again? No.

3  Thank Robert F
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My (then) fiancé took a ride on this railway last summer and it was a really pleasant day out in the country. You're on the train for a good amount of time and certainly when we went there was plenty of spare seating and space in the carriages. The line has lots of nice scenery to look out on and the Windows are plenty big in the carriages so that you can get an excellent view.

On the negative points it was a little expensive for what you get and on the day we went the steam engine was off so we had to use the electric engine which while still old fashioned obviously isn't the same. I wouldn't hold this against the attraction as obviously most people will get to experience the steam engine if it wasn't for the fact that we still had to pay full price. A discount would have been nice under the circumstances.

Still it was a very pleasant day out in the sun and something totally different to what I'd normally do. I can certainly recommend it.

Thank pjbliverpool
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We visited the Churnet Valley Railway for the first time today - June 29th 2013.
What a grand day out it was, lovely tea rooms at Froghall Station good pub at Consall Station
the river the canal made it all very interesting. A grand day out for all ages.
Dog friendly everywhere.

Thank Scotties477
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

After many years of wishing to visit the opportunity came with the Winter Gala in February 2013. and what a great event that was with extra special ride onto the Caldon Low line behind a live steam loco. A great fun day, even in the freezing cold, and friendly staff dressed to thrill with appropriate uniforms.
Also after a return trip from Froghall the welcoming hot food in the excellent cafe was a bonus. we will visit again if we can.

Thank Ibrahim11
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Lovely setting in the country side. Used to take my son a lot on these trains. The Christmas packages are particularly good. There are stops to get off at with cafe's and toilets and if you fancy going for a walk/ramble there are plenty to choose from.

Thank nhsbabe
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