A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report

23rd June 2006

The first Foxfield locomotive to grace the Churnet Valley tracks, Bagnall 0-4-0ST "Hawarden"..

Class 47 number 47192/D1842 - not needed today.

7821 "Ditcheat Manor" was being prepared for the weekend.

"Brightside" was doing some shunting in the yard.

After a brief wait Bullied Pacific 35005 "Canadian Pacific" headed for Leekbrook. Another first - the first Southern engine on the CVR.

The 3 cylinder beat was clearly heard as the engine continued North.

When "CanPac" returned I boarded the train and travelled to Consall where S160 number 5197 was waiting in the loop with a freight train.

Smoke from "CanPac" drifted back towards the station to create a mist effect and add atmosphere to the picture - it looks like a November shot.

This engine really looks good in its black livery, so good I thought we would have a bigger shot.

More atmosphere as the train heads for Cheddleton.

A coffee and snack in the static buffet coach before 35005 reappeared from Froghall.

Back on board and the run to Leekbrook where the engine ran round. Note that the level crossing is now "policed" by the train staff.

Off the loop and heading back toward the train.

Cheddleton and 35005 is waiting to leave.

Another coffee etc and a walk across the fields to see the Southern return - could it get any better? Well see on Sunday when all the stock is let loose.

No comment!

A visit to the shed which revealed the "Knotty" coach under restoration.

In the yard was 7821 "Ditcheat Manor".

Also present and being prepared for the weekend was standard tank 80098.

A spot of mountaineering to see "CanPac" return from Leekbrook and then set off for Froghall.

A general view of the shed yard with Cheddleton village in the distance.

It even looks good in reverse.

An attempt at "stitching" which, apart from some bent carriages, is not too bad. A larger version is available HERE



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