A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report

 Churnet Valley Railway
19th August 2009

 A visit to the CVR to take a mid-week ride. I caught the steam-hauled train from Froghall and got off at Consall to ride back by diesel for some lunch at Froghall. This is GWR "Prairie" tank 5199, on hire from The Llangollen Railway, is awaiting the arrival of the diesel service from Cheddleton.

 I had hoped for the 37 but it turned out that the DMU was on duty as it slid into Consall station and really did look the part.

 After a tasty Pasty in the cafe I boarded the DMU to undertake a round trip and managed to get into the front seat for the return journey. This gave me the opportunity to take some shots through the front window. This was taken leaving Cheddleton with the class 37 ahead.

 Approaching Consall and the Prairie tank could be seen bathed in steam while waiting for the DMU to enter the loop.

 Clearly a shy engine.

 Back at Froghall and chance to look around in the booking hall.

 Don't know what this one was all about.

 A couple of standard shots of the DMU waiting to leave on its next turn.

 Destination Bristol this time.

 A picnic area has emerged adjacent to the up platform.

 A view from the barrow crossing.

 Leaving for Consall (or Nottingham).

 There was always plenty to interest botanists in the valley - these are Harebells I believe, (Campanula rotundifolia) and nettles of course.

 5199 was conducting its runround so I caught it amongst the undergrowth.

 Quite a photogenic locomotive.

 Taking water watched by an admiring group.