A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report
 23rd September 2001

 The grapevine tells me that the S160 is on duty today. Never having seen the beast earning its keep I decided to go and take a ride. We were a bit early approaching Leek so I decided to have a look at the Rudyard Lake Railway site, enticed in by a roadside sign reading "Trains Today".

 It is what it is, a narrow gauge railway running alongside Rudyard Lake along the trackbed of the former Churnet Valley route. It runs through some tremendous scenery and is well worth the visit. The dam end of the lake has a visitor's centre and cafe/sales shop - very nice surprise.

 Rudyard Lake with its dangerous green algae.

 Not being from Staffordshire I was confused by this sign, if it was in local dialect I could be sent the wrong way!!! Which way is the town and which way is the water?

 On then to Cheddleton and the Churnet Valley Railway. We arrived at the crossing gate to find it closed, out with the camera and a quick shot of the S160 running through the station en route for Leekbrook. When it returns we will board for a ride down the valley, my first run behind this American beast.

  I took the opportunity to take a couple of shots of TVT128G, the bus preserved by the "TVT128G Group". It looked to be in fine fettle .

 The train returned and parked nicely for all to get on board, it looks even bigger at track level.

 Approaching Froghall.

 Running round the train.



 Backing on to the train.

 Back at Cheddleton and moving off.