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Churnet Valley Railway

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Address: Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
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+44 1538 758491
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11:00 - 17:00
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Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that...

The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey.

Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days.

Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House.

At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum.

Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.

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Experience on the footplate

Being on board a little green locomotive pulling a long line of railway carriages carrying numerous excited passengers of all ages is something to look forward to especially if... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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Walsall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Being on board a little green locomotive pulling a long line of railway carriages carrying numerous excited passengers of all ages is something to look forward to especially if you are old enough to remember the steam age. I was lucky enough to be bought my place in the cab and to share it with the crew. I was given... More 

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HOCVR, Administrator at Churnet Valley Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a detailed account of your footplate experience. We’re really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your kind comments to the staff and volunteers involved. More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visited the Churnet valley railway and did the trip from Froghall to Cheddleton and back. At this time of year it is the only option I believe. The train was pulled by a steam engine but the trip itself took us through some very ordinary countryside and lasted some 40 minutes then we went back along the same stretch... More 

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We passed this pub on a walk and decided to call in there afterwards as it looked so nice. The staff were friendly and we ordered drinks and a pork pie. The pork pie was absolutely delicious. This is a lovely pub on a summer's day with a plenty of outside seating. I think it would be equally nice in... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

My husband came last saturday 17th September ,for a footplate experience ride,which he'd had as a gift. Thank you so much to all staff who were there on saturday.From the moment we arrived my husband , myself and children were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble.You all absolutely made his day ! He came home... More 

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HOCVR, Administrator at Churnet Valley Railway, responded to this review

We’re glad you all had a great day and will pass on your kind comments to those involved. More 

Bridgnorth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This trip was booked well in advance as it is very popular. We had a cream tea on the early afternoon steam train. There were two large scones with plenty of cream, jam and butter with an endless supply of tea. We were in a first class carriage made up like a Pullman Car and decorated in 1940's style. Afterwards... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Being on a steam train turns the clock back years. It's a lovely thing to do but there isn't a lot else to do. The advertising blurb tells you how you can hop on and off the train at different locations but, as there are only 3 stations, it doesn't take long. The kids will love it and you can... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Lovingly kept in a wonderful location Warm friendly staff Thoroughly recommend Care at a very detailed level

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Thank Tony D
HOCVR, Administrator at Churnet Valley Railway, responded to this review

We're delighted to receive such a positive review and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Very disappointing..... No Steam train as advertised, no option to enjoy the entertainment at Frogall station .... Just going back & forth on the same bit of track for 3 hrs !!...Food & service good on train .... But certainly not the 1940s extravaganza expected !!!

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Thank SABERUk
HOCVR, Administrator at Churnet Valley Railway, responded to this review

We’re sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that steam trains will be in operation, due to the age of our locomotives we can never guarantee this. On this occasion a diesel locomotive was used as the steam locomotive had failed, and our volunteers worked overnight to ensure that the steam locomotive... More 

Aldridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

For an afternoon out we booked a reservation on Churnet Valley steam railway "Cream Tea Train" Our journey from Aldridge in the west Midlands to the station at Froghall in Staffordshire took about one and a quarter hours, this journey is very scenic and worthwhile. At Froghall station the era of steam was well presented and preserved by the staff... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We had a trip on the steam loco ,Hotspur, at Churnet Valley Railway yesterday. The trip included a cream tea, and was part of a family gift. We thought the cream tea was lovely, scones were large , tasty and fresh,and apparently made in local bakery. We could have as much tea as we wanted, and were encouraged to ask... More 

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Thank janfizz
HOCVR, Administrator at Churnet Valley Railway, responded to this review

We're glad you had such a memorable visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Unfortunately, due to the design of our heritage dining car we're unable to accept children under 14 on our cream tea and dining trains for health & safety reasons. However visitors of all ages (and well-behaved 4-legged ones!) are very welcome to travel in... More 

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