A HERITAGE railway will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate all things steam this month.
The Churnet Valley Railway, which has stations in both Cheddleton and Kingsley & Froghall, will be holding its annual Winter Steam Gala on Saturday February 22 and Sunday, February 23.
The weekend-long event will feature a selection of locomotives working between Froghall and Cauldon Lowe.
The Locos set to appear at the Churnet Valley Railway include: Guest locomotive ex Southern Railways 'West Country" Class No. 34007 Wadebridge courtesy of the Mid Hants Railway; - Guest locomotive ex Great Western Railways "Railmotor" No. R93 courtesy of the Great Western Society; United State of America Transportation Corps S160 No. 6046 making her first appearance on the line following her 2013 holiday to NYMR; North Eastern Railway N7 No. 69621 courtesy of the East Anglia Railway Museum, making her final Steam Gala appearance; and Beyer Peacock No. 1827 on driver experience in Cheddleton Yard. (subject to completion of overhaul).
Other attractions throughout the weekend will include: re-opening of Ipstones Loop; three Train Timetable; all passenger trains running between Froghall and Ipstones calling at all intermediate stations; a 19 mile round trip through the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands countryside; Cauldon Lowe branch featuring gradients ranging from one in 40 to one in 59; Driver for a Fiver at Cheddleton Yard with Beyer-Peacock 1827; Tours of Loco Shed and C&W workshop; see restorations of 5197 and E1878; First steaming of TKH 2944 around Cheddleton Yard.
On the day ticket prices will be £22 for adults, seniors (over 60) £20, children £15 (aged four to 14-years-old), free for under fours. A family ticket is priced at £60 (two adults and two children). Line side passes are £22 a day, and £30 for two days.
Due to the limited capacity of R93, a supplement £5 will be payable for one return trip from either Froghall or Cheddleton. These tickets will be sold on a First-Come-First-Serve basis and will be limited to 30 people from each station. Visitors will also be required to have a valid Rover Ticket as well. Trains will run from 8.30am each day, until 6.30pm on the Saturday, and 4.50pm on the Sunday. For further information about the Winter Steam Gala at Churnet Valley Railway go online to www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk.