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Trains will depart from Froghall Station (ST10 2HA) at 1030, 1200 & 1330.
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Churnet Valley Railways Takes Children on a Historic Journey through Steam Power Education

Churnet Valley Railways is thrilled to announce our upcoming event designed to educate children about the marvels of steam power technology in collaboration with ROLL, a division of the Boardroom Gaming Cafe in Wellington, Telford. The event is scheduled for the 7th and 8th of October, with three demonstrations daily. This fun and interactive educational experience for children and adults alike is sure to be a massive hit, linking the community to a vital part of the UK’s industrial history. 

Investing in the Future Through the Past

Churnet Valley Railway, in addition to being a top-rated attraction with tonnes to do for young and old, is dedicated to preserving our shared history and heritage, and few preservation tools are as powerful and impactful as education. Our well-preserved and expertly restored locomotives and passenger carriages provide a unique backdrop for educational excursions, enriching children’s knowledge in a practical, hands-on manner. 

“We are excited to be hosting this new event here at the railway. Science Engineering and History have always gone hand in hand, this event pulls the three together like never before”, says Gregory Wilson, the general manager at Churnet Valley Railways. “If we wish to keep railways like us alive it is important to invest in new and exciting experiences like this."

All Aboard for a Steam-Powered Adventure

Our upcoming event (which we’re very excited about!) is crafted to engage children at multiple levels. They will get the opportunity to board a steam-powered locomotive and take a ride through the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands before taking part in a highly interactive demonstration that will have them learn all about the power of steam using imploding atmospheric cans and fire expansion, and even experiment with potential and kinetic energy by building their own CD balloon hovercrafts. 

The journey starts at Froghall station (easily accessible from Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter and Macclesfield), before heading to the charming village of Consall – only accessible by rail – for the demonstration, and then wrapping the day up with another train ride to Leek Brook Junction. 

It’s science and history made fun and hands-on!

For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit our Facebook page or check out our What’s On page to see what else Churnet Valley Railway is up to.