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Great experience for all the family

Lovely old steam railway operating through beautiful Staffordshire countryside. A great day out for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lincs1962
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
Santa & Steam

Highly recommend this at Churnet Valley. We have been every year with grandchildren for the last... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sandra20231
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We visit here every year for the Santa Steam train. Both myself, my mother and my daughter absolutely love it. You get a mince pie and sherry whilst you are waiting for Santa to greet you. The kids get juice and a mince pie. Santa is always so lovely and friendly and the kids gifts are great too. Shall be booking soon for this December!!!

Date of experience: December 2012
Thank Summer1712
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Loved this little steam train, we happened to go on the real ale day so live entertainment and real ales on sale, drivers in full uniform, the atmosphere was lovely! It was a boiling hot day and we had our dogs to worry about or we would have spent more time walking in between stations and enjoying the scenery but it was a lovely little place.. Sadly dogs aren't allowed in the tea room - only drawback for us.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

we did this as a "oh lets do it " not planned ..a bit of a dissapointment really ..felt like we waited at every stop too long ..

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank puglover123
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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.

Date of experience: July 2013
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.

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank pjbliverpool
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