Sunday, 24 May 2009

More about the Churnet Valley Railway.

From information we have acquired over the last few days it would seem that the above railway has it sight’s set on returning to a fully scheduled railway. The present line runs past Kingsley & Froghall down to Oakamoor in one direction where they have storage sidings. Until they can carry out remedial work on this section of line they are only allowed to operate passenger services for 5 days a year using their light axle loaded DMU.

In the opposite direction where the line at present finishes at Leekbrook the track carries on through to Leek where it connects with the mothballed Network Rail line from Stoke to Caldon Quarry. This is the line we have been following alongside the Caldon Canal. The quarry owners want this line re-opened to enable them to transport more aggregate and the CVR are looking to running regular scheduled passenger services between Stoke, Leek and Oakamoor with a possibility of linking up with Alton. We wish them well in their endeavours. Perhaps this will be the re-birth of another railway era.

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