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Rudyard Lake Steam Railway – Another first for chasewaterstuff!

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Another first for chasewaterstuff!

 After my first visit to any Canal Festival at Pelsall and then my first visit to the Brownhills Canal Festival, today, 29th June,  saw my first visit to the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway.  I’ve been promising myself a trip to Rudyard Lake for some time now and today I finally made it – with my trusty hound in tow, of course!Waiting patiently!

  Another Narrow Gauge railway, following my visit to Amerton Railway, and another most enjoyable day. King Arthur by the dam

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is in the North Staffordshire Peak District and their steam trains give a great 3 mile return trip along the side of the lake. The railway uses real coal fired narrow gauge steam engines to pull all its trains. The railways 5 steam engines all have names linked to the tales of King Arthur. It’s one of the UK’s finest heritage steam railways and is constantly developing new attractions to give great family days out.A rather grotty photo in the Lakeside Loop as Merlin comes by.

I was most surprised to find trains running every half-hour, giving a really first-class service.  I decided to have a lunch break at the end of the line and I had barely finished my coffee before the next train back had arrived.  Perfect!  And dogs travel free!  (To my eternal shame I did utter that sad phrase “you take the dog and I’ll walk” as if nobody had ever said it before.  How many times must the drivers have heard it!  But today’s driver did try to smile – thank you and I’m very sorry – I’ll try not to say it next time, and there must be a next time, it was such a good day).

Merlin running roundThe lake, taken from the trainThe lake, taken from the dam.Pendragon being worked on.Showing part of a very neat station set-up.

For more information on the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway go to: 

http://www.rlsr.org  or click on Rudyard Lake Steam Railway on the blogroll

Half-Term Railways

Some Railways running at School Half-Term

25th to 31st October

The narrow gauge Rudyard Lake Steam Railway will be running each week day and at the weekend.

Go to the blogroll for their website

Sat nav: ST13 8PF

Rudyard Lake Station

Originally a station on the main railway line from Leek, Rudyard has been reopened in recent years as a home to a narrow gauge tourist railway. The line runs for about one and a half miles along the east shore of Rudyard lake.

© Copyright Mike Bardill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Severn Valley Railway is also running each day and the weekend.

Go to the blogroll for their website.

Arley Station, Severn Valley Railway

Trains passing at Arley Station on the Severn Valley Railway

© Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Peak Rail railway at Matlock will be running on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th October – and the weekend.  Steam hauled.

Go to the blogroll for their website – Sat nav for Matlock, DE4 3NA

Rowsley South Station

Part of Peak Rail

© Copyright Gordon McKinlay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Obviously the Thursdays in the above information will be of no use to you – you will be at Chasewater!



Halloween Special – Saturday 30th October

A whole host of spooky activities can be enjoyed this Halloween at Chasewater Railway including Ghost Train Rides, Spooky Stories and Fiendish Face Painting!

Trains will run at 6.00pm and 7.30pm with tickets available from the Booking Office.

Plus normal timetable Sunday 31st.

Rhyl Miniature Railway

While browsing through the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website I came across the link to the Rhyl Miniature Railway and thought, why not include this?  Rhyl is a popular spot for Midlanders and quite easy to get to, so get up there and have a ride! And Rudyard Lake, of course!

Rhyl Miniature Railway

Marine Lake, Rhyl


2010 Timetable


Trains are run from 11am until at least 4pm on all of the above dates:

Steam trains always operate on peak days, including every Sunday,
and during the summer holidays on Thursdays to Sundays.

At other times we offer rides in our electric railcar or by diesel haulage.

The fare is only £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child, ages 2 to 14

Enquiries: Telephone 01352 759109  www.rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk

Chasewater,Rudyard Lake and the Artist

We might have bigger engines:And once upon a time,we had plenty of water:But right now, they’ve got a lot more water than we have!You just wouldn’t believe it’s the same pier as in the first view!!

To change the subject, Dave’s been at work on the Brush – BagnallWhat a star!

The Brush Bagnall loco making good progress.