2 A pictorial retrospect
of formative days of The
Churnet Valley Railway...
details, corrections and comments all welcome
it may have been but a good time was had by all by the look of
membership application form.
two sons watch a double headed sand train head for Oakamoor as
44422 is unloaded.
Hunslet austerity, later to become "Josiah Wedgwood"
then 68030 and 44422 repose at Cheddleton soon after delivery.
chassis of 44422 undergoing restoration at Cheddleton with the
chassis from 80136 at the side. No cover under which to work!
Hunslet sits with sacked chimney as a sand train heads North
the same train from a different angle.
an engine shed was constructed at Cheddleton to facilitate the
overhaul of 44422 - it was actually constructed from boiler tubes
extracted from 44422. Such is the ingenuity when there is no
money to be had. A credit to all concerned at the time.
2 features some of the DMU specials to Oakamoor etc. This is
a shot from one of the early "Knotty Rambler" charters
and reveals that the problem of trespassing sheep is nothing
from the first "Knotty Rambler" which was organised
by BR at Stoke. The Society were sellers of most of the tickets
and BBC Radio Stoke joined us on board where interviews were
carried out and later broadcast. The trip up the Biddulph Valley
Line witnessed vast numbers of people in their gardens waving
to the train as we headed towards the colliery.
of the many Ramblers organised by the Society/Company.
The reopening special which ran from
Chester to Oakamoor seen here pausing at Endon Station while
the road crossing was made safe to proceed.
DMU venturing onto the crossing - note the yellow Cortina, complete
with CB aerial good buddy, belonging to yours truly! I think
I had long hair and wore flared jeans as well.....
charter returning to Cheddleton, presumably from Oakamoor.
A Rambler returns
to Cheddleton with "Josiah Wedgwood" in steam
alongside. Note the "remains" of 44422 in the yard.