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“"If that was a "Gala"........”

Churnet Valley Railway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Froghall
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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.
Kegworth, United Kingdom
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“"If that was a "Gala"........”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Visited today at considerable distance as had been told this was a "beautiful line" and also told when I rang to enquire that today was the winter "Steam Gala" and included an extended section on an old freight line that is to close soon. Well...my goodness, where do I start.... found Froghall and parked easily, and then discovered that despite it being "Gala" weekend the ticket office wasn't actually open yet, and already a long queue forming. Then...the train didn't arrive, a message given about a signalling problem - surely they had all week to prepare things ?? Train arrived 30 minutes late, with no carriages as it was actually picking up the 5 ancient, filthy and decrepit (externally and internally) carriages already in the platform. (I thought they were in storage, they were so scruffy) The train then set off only to stop for 20 minutes outside Cheddleton to take on water (I know this through looking out of the window, no staff communicated anything ) It then stopped again but unknown to many this was THE stop for Cheddleton as apparently only one carriage can get alongside the platform (again, no communication about this, so some people didn't realise they had missed the stop until the train sped through Cheddleton. Then a long stop at a junction then a very long stop i the middle of nowhere to change the engines to the otehr end of the train. THEN a very long wait in Cheddleton (no reason given although lots of staff in uniform looking important) then a wait at Consall and finally back to Froghall. The train should have left at 09.55 and returned at 11.40 but it left at 10.10 and returned at 12.35. Utterly awful experience in filthy old stock with no communication from anyone about anything. I fully realise that such ventures rely almost solely on willing volunteers, but that, in the end, is no excuse for such an utter shambles. Having looked forward to this day I certainly won't ever go near this place again. If this was a "Gala", God knows what an ordinary day is run like ! To think I spent £23 on this is mind-boggling

Oh, the scenery IS beautiful as far as Cheddleton. I know because we spent a lot of time stationary, looking at it.........

Visited February 2014
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time!”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Being heritage steam railway enthusiasts we had a relaxing afternoon riding the trains. Scenery was gorgeous and the tea shop on the station served some delicious cakes.

Visited May 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“great day out”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

we picked a good sunny day,so that did help,we stopped of half way and went to the pub,and sat outside and had a meal and a few drinks,kids were waving as the trains were going past,all the staff are really kind and very helpful,all the carriages are clean,and is really good value for money

Visited August 2013
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England
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“Stunning scenery”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

A wonderful steam train journey through some stunning scenery.
Run by volunteers who are very enthusiastic it has a very welcoming and friendly feel.

Visited January 2014
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Manchester
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“Enjoyed our Santa day”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Took our 3 year old and 1 year old with grandparents to the Santa experience and we all really enjoyed it. Staff really friendly and made a big effort. Toys given by Santa were decent gifts. Station and train felt festive and all staff dressed in Victorian/Edwardian costumes. Would recommend.

Visited December 2013
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