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Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s, A few more railway photos from December 1993

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s

A few more railway photos from December 1993

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A few video clips from the Severn Valley Railway Gala, September 2014

A few video clips from the Severn Valley Railway Gala, September 2014

Some Local Railways this Easter

Some Local Railways this Easter

Don’t forget – Chasewater Railway details on the ‘Home’ page!

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth.

Sunny Day at Wirksworth StationSunny day at Wirksworth Station

Easter Weekend
Fri 18th, Sat 19th, Sun 20th, Mon 21st April 2014
Our normal timetable will operate on the Wirksworth and Duffield line. The Wirksworth and Ravenstor line will be operating an increased timetable also.
There will be an Egg Trail on Saturday, Sunday and Monday around the station at Wirksworth.
Day Rover Fares
Tickets are valid for all day travel on both the Duffield and Ravenstor lines.
Adults Concessions Children Family (2+3)
£12.00 £11.00 £6.00 £29.00

Churnet Valley

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Kids Go Free This Easter

Posted in Contributors Blog on 7th Apr 2014
“Kids Go Free” this Easter at the Churnet Valley Railway with its Steam hauled Easter “Eggspress” trains….
Plus on Easter Sunday Children can enjoy complimenatry Easter Activities which will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Painting, Hunt the Rabbit and Make & Take Children’s Activity Tables.
Trains will be running over the Easter weekend, Saturday, Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday and Wednesday 23rd April. Our “Kids Go Free” offer which allows one Child to travel FREE with each full fare paying adult is valid every day over the Easter holiday. Trains depart each day at 11:32, 12:57 & 14:22 from Cheddleton Station and 12:10, 13:35 & 15:00 from Kingsley & Froghall Station. No booking is required just come along.
As usual our “Goods Shed” tea room at Cheddleton Station and our award winning traditional tea rooms at Kingsley & Froghall Station will be open on all running days providing snacks, hot meals and a huge selection of homemade cakes. And don’t forget to visit one of the best railway souvenir shops around.
Happy Easter!

Amerton Railway


Running daily throughout the Easter Holidays, mainly diesel hauled but with steam on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Fares (held for 2014): Children £1.50, Concessions £1.70, Adults £2.20

Peak Rail


19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd April – Easter Treasure Hunt
Fun for all the family with clues on the train and at Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 Stations. Plus your chance to win tickets for our hugely popular Santa Specials.
For a Easter treat every child bringing along a teddy bear can travel free over this five day event.
Normal timetable and fares will apply for this event.
Please contact 01629 580381 for further information.

Severn Valley Railway


During the school Easter holidays, timetable B operates from April 14th – 27th excepting April 19th – 21st when timetable C is in operation.

With timetable B, 3 steam hauled trains are in operation throughout the day. An additional train, which is not shown here, operates on Sunday and is available for pre-booked diners only.

Why not try one of our suggestions below and get the most out of your day?

For the Kids: Collect an entry form and a FREE pack of crayons when you arrive, and take part in our ‘Chicks & Bunnies’ observation competition all the way along the line. Prizes for the best entries!
There will also be fun art and craft activities (Decopatch) by Crocodile Creations at The Engine House on April 19th, 20th & 21st (additional charge applies).

Fantastic Fares: Our Fantastic Fares discount offer is available on April 18th & 25th. Prebook your tickets now and save up to 30% off the normal fare

Great Central Railway


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Foxfield Railway

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Foxey’s Easter Specials 2014

18th – 21st April
Spring is not just great for seeing rows of daffodils but also a great chance to explore the great British countryside and what better chance to do it by steam train.
With Easter to look forward to Foxfield will be providing plenty of steam hauled trains so that more people can see how glorious the surrounding Staffordshire countryside really is.

Throughout the Easter weekend visitors will be able to take part in Face Painting, Egg hunt and also our much loved activity carriage where everyone can get can to grips with games.Commenting on the busy weekends “Richard Barnett” said, “Spring is always a great start to the season for us, people just want to get out, especially after the extremely cold winter period we have had”.
Over the weekend Foxfield’s great facilities will be open with the buffet offering cold and hot refreshments and our very own award winning real ale bar offering a fine selection of beers.


Telford Steam Railway


Welcome to Telford Steam Railway

2014  Our railway will be open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter 2014

Forthcoming Attractions – Half Term February 2014

Forthcoming Attractions

Half Term February  2014Cosford

 Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Model-Making Half Term

Monday 17th to Friday 21st February

11.00am to 3.00pm £3.00 per person

If you’re looking for something exciting to entertain the children this February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February, visitors will have the opportunity to build either an Airfix 1:72 Sopwith Pup or an Airfix 1:72 Albatros.

Models will be built alongside the full sized aircraft on display at the Museum in a communal and fun atmosphere. You don’t have to be a skilled modeller to take part as staff will be there to lend a hand and to ensure visitors get the most from their modelling. Plus, if you need a little inspiration as to how to paint your model Spitfire, sessions will be taking place next to the famous 1:1 scale model Spitfire built by James May for the BBC Toy Stories series.

 The model making activity will be taking place in the Museum’s Hangar 1 and sessions will run from 11.00am to 3.00pm each day. Participation is just £3.00 per person and all materials including glue, paints and brushes will be provided by the Museum. Tickets are available on the day from the Admissions Desk.Model Making Half Term boy painting

Please Note: The Airfix activity is not suitable for children under the age of 3. Children will need to be supervised by an adult and may require assistance with the model making.

Entrance to Beacon ParkWelcome to Beacon Park

Entrance to Beacon Park.  © Copyright Chris McAuley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Lichfield at Half-Term

Half term holiday fun

From holiday clubs and football offers, to swimming fun sessions and coaching courses, Lichfield District Council’s Holiday Fun programme is packed with plenty of energetic activities to keep young people active and entertained.

In the lead up to the 2014 February half term, which takes place across Staffordshire from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February, the council has launched an online calendar of its holiday activities, to make searching for fun things to do over the school break really easy.

The holiday calendar is available at http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun. It lists the activities in date order and gives information, such as the times, what the activity involves and booking information, all in one place.

The council also produces a Holiday Fun e-newsletter that it sends to leisure centre users. This lists all the holiday activities on offer. To sign up to get this free newsletter, please email holidayfun@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:

“We’ve got an exciting programme of activities this February half term, including swimming lessons, golf, holiday clubs, junior triathlon training and much more. Places book up fast, so take a look at http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun to see what’s on offer.”

Lichfield District Council’s Holiday Fun programme is running at venues across the district, including Burntwood Leisure Centre, Friary Grange Leisure Centre, King Edward VI Leisure Centre and Beacon Park.SVR

Both the Severn Valley Railway and Amerton Railway are running daily services during half-term.gordon-1-600

Severn Valley Railway Autumn Gala

The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Gala, 2012

We certainly chose the best day to visit the Gala, the  Saturday, with autumnal sunshine all day long, even if it was a little cool at times.

It was good to see, and ride behind, the visiting locos, especially, with a Chasewater  background, the Webb coal tank numbered 7799, which started its life in preservation at the Hednesford headquarters of the Railway Preservation Society (West Midland Branch), while waiting to move on to Penrhyn Castle.

Forthcoming Events – Swindon GWR event September 15th & 16th – Severn Valley Railway Gala Sept 21st, 22nd, 23rd

SWindon GWR event September 15th & 16th

Severn Valley Railway Gala

September 21st, 22nd 23rd

NEWS: Autumn Steam Gala – Have you ordered your tickets yet? – TIMETABLE NOW AVAILABLE!

Ticket Office

See website for all details  svr.co.uk

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 79 – Aug/Sept 1977 – 2

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 79 – Aug/Sept 1977

The Railway Preservation Society Newsletter

Chasewater News 21 – Part 2

To continue – Enthusiasts’ Day October 9thIn past years the last steaming date of the year has seen unfamiliar activity, usually the use of the Maryport & Carlisle coach and the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln coach instead of the DMU.  This year it is proposed to put on a few extra attractions in the hope of attracting a good crowd of gricers and general public alike.  It is proposed to have two locos in steam, one on passenger trains and one on a freight train, with photographic runpasts at suitable intervals.  Several vintage vehicles, notably buses and cars are expected to be on display and a ‘mini mart’ of upwards of six sales stands will be present, offering a variety of goods of railway interest.  Several ‘dead’ engines will be on photographic display and several relics, not normally on display will be visible.  In addition, the ‘Merryweather’ fire pump will be doing its thing, perhaps even roasting chestnuts.  There is little else of steam interest this late in the season, so please make every effort to attend and tell friends, etc., and let’s end the season on a memorable note.

Admission – 30p for adults, 15p for children, including a free train ride!


On a grander scale, the Severn Valley Railway holds its ‘Enthusiasts’ Weekend’ on September 10th & 11th.  12 locos will be in steam.  Of special note are:

  • BR2-6-4T 80079 – recently restored and immaculate.
  • GWR 4-6-0 6960 ‘Raveningham Hall’ – recently arrived from Steamtown, Carnforth.
  • GWR 4-6-07819 ‘Hinton Manor’ – the latest ex. Barry engine to be restored and making its debut on public trains.

Raveningham Hall

There are many other attractions and a frequent train service employing five makes of coaches will be in operation.  The best chance to see ex. BR steam in a genuine setting and thoroughly recommended.

Transport Scene 23rd & 24th July

This was certainly the most important event on the RPS’s calendar in the last five years and although it was hard work I think its success is proved by the fact that everyone spoken to enjoyed themselves immensely, whether members of the public or members who spent three days on site to help in the multitude of tasks that needed doing.  It is unfair to single out anyone for praise as it was teamwork that made the event a success, ably led by our captain, Andrew Louch, who reports as follows:-

“Well as some of you will know, this event has been a success, although I must admit it had us guessing right up to Sunday morning.  Over the weekend we netted a grand total of £1,014, which is our best ever for a single event.  However, expenses came to £764.84, which left a profit of £249.16.

I would like to thank all our members who helped, including some less familiar faces, which goes to prove that our pleas for help don’t go unheard.  I would personally like to thank our Chairman, Albert Haywood, for organising the arena events and making up the original commentary which put the BBC to shame!!

We have decided to hold another ‘Transport Scene’ next year, so if you have any ideas for improvements then please let me know!”


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.

A couple of preserved locos

Preserved Locomotives

Whilst browsing through some old magazines trying to find information about the Webb coal tank which was kept at Hednesford for a couple of years, I noticed a couple of locos which were recently on view at the Severn valley Railway Gala at the beginning of March, and thought that I’d post what I’d found just to show that preservation works.  There are also another few photos to show that restoration doesn’t always have to be done in the cold and rain!

From the ‘Forum’ Magazine of the Railway Preservation Societies

Autumn 1963, Vol. 2  No.7

Photo: David Jackson

‘The Great Marquess’ arrives at Leeds.

Restored to its original LNER green livery, ‘The Great Marquess’ – 2-6-0 class K4 No.3442 – has left Glasgow and arrived at Neville Hill, Leeds.  Accompanying the engine on its journey was its owner, Lord Garnock, who is president of the Middleton Railway Trust.

The engine, which was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the West Highland line, underwent restoration at Cowlairs Works.  As no transfers were available, the painters had done all the lettering and numerals by hand – even down to  the number on the tender buffer beam (a feature peculiar to Cowlairs).

It was small wonder, then, that the paintshop foreman whistled ‘Will ye no’ come back again?’ as the ‘Marquess’ resplendent in its true colours, left for the south with a train of 30 fitted vans.

Attached to the locomotive as it headed fro the suburban line (to avoid Waverly) were a wagon and brake.  The wagon remained next to the engine throughout the long journey, as it contained the precious spare parts for a class otherwise extinct.

Photo: The LNER Encyclopedia

From the ‘Forum’ Magazine of the Railway Preservation Societies

Special Exhibition Number, Spring 1964,  Vol. 3 No.1

‘The Great Marquess’ on tour

‘The Great Marquess’, the restored LNER K4 class engine belonging to Lord Garnock, president of the Middleton Railway Trust, will be used on a special excursion train organised by Ian Allen next June.  The train will leave King’s Cross behind the ‘Flying Scotsman’ another famous LNER engine owned by Colonel A. Pegler – and will run to Leeds as an 8-coach express.

On arrival at Central Station, the West Riding portion of the excursion will be attached to the rear of the train by ‘The Great Marquess’, which will then haul the 11 coach train up the steep gradient out of the station and will take it to Darlington.

The trip will coincide with the closure of Darlington locomotive works, and it is therefore fitting that ‘The Great Marquess’, which was built at Darlington 26 years ago, should take the party of enthusiasts on their farewell visit to the works.

Midland Compound No.1000Photo: David Jackson – inside the engine house at Highley.


No. 1000 was set aside for preservation after withdrawal and restored in 1959 close to its 1914 condition, painted in Midland maroon livery, running enthusiasts’ specials until placed in the temporary Clapham Transport museum. Though steamed since preservation, it is currently a static exhibit in the Severn Valley Railway’s Engine House, having been lent by the National Railway Museum in York.Cover Girl of the ‘Forum’ Magazine, Winter 1964/1965

The following photographs were sent to me by an ex-Hednesfordian now living in Canada.  It just goes to show that if you get fed up restoring locos at Chasewater, there are alternatives!!  My thanks to Tony Lockley.

Photos of the sugar cane train on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The letters on the tender stand for Lahaina Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad. It is a working engine as you can see, the track is less than five miles long with a station at each end and runs parallel with the highway. My friend and I ( he was born in Carnforth and his father was an engine driver on the LMS) went into the maintenance area where they were restoring No. 3 Myrtle, the  foreman , who I think was Polish, said it was very time consuming getting replacement parts as they had to be custom made from the original. In its working life the train used to haul the sugar-cane to the Lahania docks from the fields.Loco –  ‘Anaka’‘Anaka’ coming into the station.

‘Myrtle’ coming along nicely!

Tornado at Severn Valley Railway

I’ve just got home after spending a most enjoyable day at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway.  Peppercorn loco ‘Tornado’ has spent the school half-term week on the SVR, and after checking the timetable, we found that it would be at Bridgnorth for about an hour and a half – too good a photo opportunity to miss, especially as it had been turned to face Kidderminster on Thursday night.DSCF1879It was certainly well worth the trip!DSCF1883There will be more photos and one or two cam-corder clips later.                    Sadly the noise of the steam and possibly pressure stopped my cam-corder recording.  My ears have just about recovered now!  It was great, though!

We didn’t have time to move further down the line to get more moving shots. Shame.