Today's service train allows you to explore the quiet and sedate Churnet Valley line, with an 11-mile return journey passing through Staffordshire’s hidden valley as you follow both the River Churnet and Caldon Canal.
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the 1950s and 1960s. Take a break from busy urban life and hop on board to ride in a heritage carriage behind one of our beautifully restored heritage steam or diesel locomotives, through delightful countryside with riverside views and historic stories to uncover.
You can learn more about the history of Churnet Valley Railway and the North Staffordshire Railway Company in our small museum based at Cheddleton Station.
Fancy a bite to eat during your day out? Then enjoy the traditional atmosphere in our Signals Tea Room at Froghall Station, offering freshly brewed coffee, cooked breakfasts, hot and cold lunches, cream teas and a selection of cakes. For the cold winter weather bask in the warmth of an open fire, and listen to some music on the wireless. Signals Tea Room is wheelchair accessible and child-friendly.
Pick up a railway-themed souvenir, keepsake or gift for family and friends from our delightful and well stocked Signals Souvenirs shop at Froghall Station.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to our most common queries
Unless indicated otherwise our services are hauled by steam locomotives. 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.
... a great day out for all the family ...
Froghall StationFroghall is an impressive replica North Staffordshire Railway station and is currently our main station. It is sat in the heart of the valley floor within walking distance of the idyllic Froghall Wharf. The 11-mile return journey commences from Froghall to Consall and then onto the peaceful village of Cheddleton. We highly recommend that our passengers join at Froghall.
FacilitiesToilets and baby changing facilities are available in the station building.
Disabled FacilitiesWe offer dedicated disabled parking, however spaces are limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. Should disabled parking be full upon your arrival, there is a drop-off zone next to the platform and just a short distance from the car park.
Consall StationConsall is located between Froghall and Cheddleton stations. It is accessible by rail and canal only. Alight to take a scenic stroll and discover the industrial heritage of this sleepy hamlet. Consall is the ideal location to walk back to Cheddleton along the combined section of the River Churnet and the Caldon Canal, or to Froghall along the canal towpath.
FacilitiesA limited selection of hot and cold drinks and limited snacks is available on selected running dates. A unisex toilet is available during running times only.
Cheddleton StationSituated next to the River Churnet, Cheddleton Station is the original home of the preserved railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station. It offers a small museum and is the location of our locomotive sheds and carriage restoration facility. You can pay a visit to The Boat Inn, a local pub just a stone’s throw from the station, while St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal Towpath.
FacilitiesToilets and baby changing facilities are available away from the station and towards the engine sheds.
MuseumThe museum captures days gone by, with a collection of memorabilia and railway paraphernalia dedicated to the original North Staffordshire Railway. Read about how the Churnet Valley gained its railway, how the North Staffordshire Railway Company grew including purchasing the canal to make way for the ever-expanding railway, and then how the railway eventually fell to closure before its revival by preservationists.
Engine Sheds on the Cheddleton SiteFor the keen enthusiasts or just the curious visitor, why not visit the Engine Shed where you can take a look at the work being carried out by our volunteers to keep the locomotives running? Or discover the effort being put in to bring back the next sleeping giant within the shed. Whether you are interested in steam or diesel, you are sure to find something to your taste. If you have any questions, feel free to ask any volunteer who will be sure to answer as best they can.
*Please Note: on some days the sheds are not open to the public for safety reasons whilst welding work is being undertaken.
Leekbrook StationThis is the latest station to be rebuilt on the location of the original building. Opened officially to the public in October 2018,
FacilitiesThere is a toilet and small waiting room area.
*Please Note: This is station is accessable by rail only