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Winter Steam Gala 2017 - Churnet Valley Railway Events Calendar

We are no longer taking online bookings for this event, but please turn up at the railway & purchase a ticket at our booking office
Winter Steam Gala 2017

Join us for the return of our traditional Winter Steam Gala, seeing a selection of locomotives operate a services along both the Churnet Valley and Cauldon Lowe lines.

2017 sees the CVR celebrate it's own 25th Anniversary, and to start the year off in style we will be celebrating the return to service of S160 5197. This will be even more momentous though, as she will join sister 6046 - meaning this will be the first time 2x S160s have worked together in UK Preservation ever, and the first time 2x have seen service together in the UK since 1944!


  • United States of America Transportation Corps S160 no. 5197 (making her first appearance following overhaul)
  • United States of America Transportation Corps S160 no. 6046
  • Polish TKh no. 2944 "Hotspur"
  • South Eastern & Chatham Railway P Class no. 323 Blubell (visiting from the Bluebell Railway)


  • First operation of TWO S160s in UK Preservation
  • Re-creation of "Station Pilot" Duties
  • Selection of trains along steeply graded Cauldon branch
  • Cheddleton Engine Shed open to visitors - View LMS 8F no. 48173
  • "Life on the Home Front" at Cheddleton Station - The Diary of Dorothy Ryder
  • Dave Gibson Photography Display at Cheddleton Station
  • Hornby Triang Model Railway Display at Froghall
  • 'Branch Lines from Leek' Book Launch, including Book Signing (Saturday Only)
  • 1/3 size Live Steam Suffolk Dredger in action at Cheddleton (Sunday Only) 


  • The Signal Tearooms at Froghall will be serving freshly prepared food and drink all weekend. Arrive early and enjoy an Engineman’ breakfast to start of your day!

  • Consall station will be offering light refreshments from their restored tea trolley on the platform throughout the weekend.

  • The Goods Shed Tearooms at Cheddleton will be serving hot & cold snacks to eat in or takeaway. This will be supplemented by our Breakfast BBQ on the station platform.


  • Adult: £22.00
  • Senior (60+): £20.00
  • Child (4-14): £16.00
  • Under 4's: FREE
  • Family (2A+2C): £60.00


PLEASE NOTE -: The former Thomas Bolton's copper works has now been taken over by the MOD, and is used as a storage base by them. They provide 24 hour security, and so the CVR recommends no visitors should attempt to reach the surviving chimney to take photographs from. As this is located on private land, the CVR cannot accept any liability for any consequential action taken should you be found at this location.


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