After taking advice from the fire service, our services to Ipstones Loop this weekend will be diesel hauled only due to the ongoing fire risk on this section of line. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
All other services along the Churnet Valley route between Froghall and Leekbrook on our green timetable days will remain steam hauled at this time.
This weekends services will be hauled by our resident class 33 diesel No. 33102 Sophie.
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the 1950's & 1960's railway travel. Hop on board a steam train and travel on our rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland.” Take a break from busy urban life and feast your eyes on the lush countryside of the Churnet Valley, including beautiful and scenes of heritage canal boats on the adjacent Cauldron Canal.
As the journey takes you the extra 9 miles on the Cauldon Lowe Branch line up to the Ipstones loop, experience the majesty of the steam locomotive working hard as they climb some of the steepest gradients in the country. Rising out of the valley you get to see the scenery change and be treated to far-reaching views out across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Our picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way.
Fancy a bite to eat during your day out? Our award winning “Signals” Tea Rooms at Kingsley & Froghall Station offer a selection of home-cooked hot and cold food, drinks, and seasonal specials. Enjoy the traditional atmosphere as you sit down to eat, and on colder days bask in the warmth of an open fire on colder days!
If it’s just a snack you’re after, our Peglegs Signal Box offers a quick bite to eat and something to quench your thirst. With a wide selection of old fashioned sweets and ice cream there’s plenty on offer for those with a sweet tooth.
Whilst at Kingsley and Froghall Station, don’t forget to stop by at our Signals gift shop to pick up a souvenir of your trip or maybe find that perfect gift for someone special.