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Locomotives galore

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

By BELINDA HARGREAVES

Diesel Gala Weekend

Diesel Gala Weekend

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Locomotives galoreTHE Churnet Valley Railway will be holding its annual Diesel Gala Weekend over Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the railways own collection of Diesels there will be a surprise Guest Locomotive.

Railway spokesman Nigel Shaw explained: "Although you normally associate Steam Engines with Heritage railways, several generations have now grown up with diesel hauled trains and these too are now an important part of our railway Heritage.

"The Diesel Gala is becoming one of our most popular events and this year there will be four locomotives and a diesel multiple unit operating an intensive timetable with six more locomotives on display."

In addition to the surprise Guest Locomotive, two Class 33's, a D2334 shunter and the resident Class104 DMMU will be in operation over the two days.

There will be an intensive passenger service featuring the 27 mile Froghall - Cauldon Lowe Branch round trip with the chance to see and hear locomotives working hard on gradients ranging from 1 in 40 to 1 in 60.

Visitors can alight at any of the three stations and travel all day with a rover ticket costing £16 for adults (when booked on line via the venue's new web site) or £18 on the day.

Tickets are also available for Seniors, Children and Families. Other attractions will include Saturday Evening Curry Train, a real ale bar and other refreshments. For further details call 01538 750755 or visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk.

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