A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report

 The Final Ride
27th August 2003

 The final Wednesday steam working of the 2003 season (excluding special events) so I decided to take a ride. I had previously found some shots I took at Froghall in December 1993, almost 10 years ago - can it really be that long?

 The changes are dramatic to say the least!

 Steam in the valley with the S160 on duty and starting the runround procedure.

 It is becoming increasingly difficult to find anything different now so I decided to go for the period look of sepia and black and white. 5197 poses while the points are changed.

 A sneak shot through the trees.

 Complete with a mug of coffee from the the Buffet Car, it was a charming trip to Cheddleton where 68030 was on display.

 No visit to the Boat Inn today as I decided to try the food at the newly opened Cafeteria at Froghall, talk about a room with a view. The food was very good.

 I had about 45 minutes to kill while waiting for the return train so I decided to go for a walk and see the remnants of some local history. The bridge parapet of the line running from Froghall Junction to the canal basin can still be seen by the bus shelter at the entrance to Bolton's car park. This shot is of Froghall Tunnel at the Southern end of the Cauldon Canal. It has just reopened after remedial works to the canal bank and does look somewhat claustrophobic.

5197 returned from Cheddleton and prepared for the next run, again the passengers were watching the proceedings with fascinated interest.

 A study in motion!

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