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Adult Ticket Price On the day ticket price
Aged 18 +
£20.00 £22.00
Child Ticket Price On the day ticket price
Aged 4 - 17
£11.80 £13.80
Child Under 4 Ticket Price
Aged Under 4
Senior Ticket Price On the day ticket price
Aged 60 +
£16.40 £18.40
Evening Ticket Price On the day ticket price
For passengers travelling on the 1610 & 1800 service onwards without an existing day ticket
£12.00 £14.00
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2 Adults + 2 Children or 2 Adults + 1 Senior
£55.00 £62.00
Dog Ticket Price £10.00
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Blue Timetable

Summer Saturdays - 3 Trips to Ipstones

During the long summer months, take a step back in time and embark on a journey that will help you escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life on a restored steam train. Climb onboard the stunning heritage carriage, based on traditional designs from the 1950s and 60s on the Churnet Valley Railway. Prepare to be transported through the breath-taking countryside, along the Cauldon Canal, while enjoying the views behind a beautifully restored heritage steam and/or diesel locomotive.

Why Join Us?

The picturesque landscape of the Churnet Valley can be enjoyed best on train and by foot. Each ticket on our railway allows you to travel the 22-mile round trip to Ipstones and back, where you can hop on and hop off at any station along the way.

This means that you can hop off and walk part of the way, enjoying the scenery or visiting the local country pubs for lunch and drinks before jumping on the train and stopping further down the line to continue your journey – fun for all the family with lots to explore.

We recommend disembarking at Consall, located in the heart of the local nature reserve, to discover the informative visitor centre, or join one of the many walking routes in the region. Find out more here.

For an extra fee and only if pre booked you can get a curry on the late train (18:00) follow this link to book - Curry Train or our Murder Mystery Train  ( Enjoy a luxury experience with our on-board Dining Train and Staffordshire Cream Teas that run often throughout the year.

For a sit down dinner, consider our Moorlander Dining Train, which combines our unique journey with a delicious meal created by our on-board chefs.

During our Summer Saturdays, grab a chance to have a top class Indian meal on our 18.00 departure, where you can experience the amalgamation of authentic Indian cuisine in a traditional English setting.

Our Summer Saturday trip runs every Saturday throughout the summer months. Let’s take a look at the journey, where you can stop and facilities you will discover at each station:

Froghall Station

Depart from Froghall Station daily at 10:30, 13.30, 16:10 or 18.00 to start your path through the magical English countryside, with the train being powered with a heritage Diesel engine. The journey lasts roughly 1:45 if you start and finish at Froghall via Ipstones station.  The extra times during our Summer Saturday event mean that you have even more time to explore the glorious local area, with the later times giving you an opportunity to experience the sunset over the Staffordshire Moorlands.

But your journey can begin before you set foot on board in our traditional Signals Tea Room & Souvenirs, where you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, tea, cakes, or homemade lunches – treats not to be missed. The tearoom proudly welcomes all guests and is both wheelchair accessible and child-friendly. On a summer’s day, rehydrate with an ice cold drink and enjoy a freshly baked scone or purchase an item to remember your special day or to gift your friends and family.

The station building is a replica of the old North Staffordshire Railway station and is located within the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands, close to the peaceful Froghall Wharf, and should be the start of your locomotive journey. 

It has limited disabled parking, a drop-off zone, and car park and also includes both toilets and baby changing facilities.

Consall Station

Consall station is a great place to stop to experience the gorgeous English countryside, with the area only being accessible by rail, making it even more special and secluded. There are many country walks in the region, including one that connects Consall to Cheddleton via the Cauldon Canal and River Churnet. There truly is nothing better on a summer’s day than setting up for a picnic in the beautiful countryside before taking a stroll through nature.

Cheddleton Station

The station itself is located at the banks of the River Churnet and is a Grade II listed building dating back to the Victorian times. This stop contains toilets and baby changing facilities and also includes the locomotive sheds for you to visit.

The sheds are still used to this day and are where our expert volunteers combine their efforts to keep the trains running for you to enjoy. Our volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have and show you how the upkeep the engines. The sheds may not be available, however, when welding work is taking place to ensure the safety of our guests.

Not only do we recommend this stop for its historical significance, but wander through the country paths beside the canal to stumble across St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill for some more exploring.

Leekbrook Station

The most recently refurbished station on our route, Leekbrook Station opened to the public in 2018, on the traditional vintage site of the original building. Here you will find a small building nestled within the countryside, as well as toilet facilities. Public access only on selected dates

Ipstones Station

The final station on the route is Ipstones Station, where you cannot get off the train, but you will be able to see the steam engine moving to the other end of your carriages to guide you through the return journey.

Additional Information

All our services are powered by steam locomotives, unless stated otherwise. On the occasions we are unable to provide a steam locomotive due to circumstances outside of our control, we will operate one of our heritage diesel locomotives.

For more information on the Churnet Valley Railway, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Blue Timetable 2023

  Departure 1 Departure 2 Departure 3 (Leek Brook) Departure 4
Motive Power Diesel Steam Steam  Steam
Froghall Departs 1030 1330 1610 1800
Consall Departs 1042 1342 1622 1812
Cheddleton Departs 1054 1354 1634 1824
Leekbrook Pass Through 1639 Arrive
Ipstones Departs 1140 1440 1910
Leekbrook Pass Through 1649 Arrive
Cheddleton Departs 1220 1520 1704 1945
Consall Departs 1232 1532 1716 1957
Froghall Arrival 1239 1539 1723 2004