A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report

29th August 2001
(updated 15.03.2014)

 The last scheduled Wednesday run of the Summer season so off I go again but to make the run in the opposite direction, Froghall to Cheddleton.

 Froghall station looking very neat and tidy.

 80136 approaching Froghall from Consall.

 Froghall with the temporary accommodation in the form of a marquee.

 80136 running round.

 33102 was on display.

 Preparing to leave Cheddleton with the 12.20 for Consall and Froghall.

 The journey North was pleasant and uneventful until, that is, we stopped at Cheddleton. I was just getting off the train when I heard a noise near the mess hut. I looked up to see a runaway horse hit the back of a people carrier and lift it off the ground into the fence. The horse, in mad panic, then ran back up the hill with hooves skidding and legs everywhere, to just miss another car and divert into the car park field. Onlookers quickly shut the gate where the badly bleeding animal was contained. Terry Essery was a hero in talking to the mare and calming her down while a vet was summoned. We were advised later that the horse was stitched up and left to recover in its stable.

 When the loco shed/museum was eventually opened up there were the usual "Keep Out" signs with much barrier work. There is scant regard given to photography on the CVR. Nothing was happening, nothing was moving, where is the danger? Here one of the Class 08 shunters is under repair.

 In the shed yard were 4F, 44422, the S160 and the Class 20.

 80136 returns to pass through Cheddleton on its way to Leekbrook.

 Ready for another run South.

 The waiting shelter under restoration on what was the up platform at Consall. This structure overhangs the Cauldon Canal.

 A view from the Froghall car park.

 Running round at Froghall.

 Leaving Froghall.