Hop aboard and get ready to journey to the glory days of the British railways! Sit back, relax and enjoy a trip on the Churnet Railway inside a heritage steam or diesal locomotive train that has been lovingly restored. Dine on delicious food served, pass by the beautiful countryside and enjoy spectacular views on an unforgettable adventure.

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Forget being terrified at Alton towers and take a relaxing, nostalgic train ride on the Churnet Valley Railway. A short drive away from Chester or Manchester, it makes for a perfect family day-trip.

Your journey on the Churnet Valley Railway passes through a stunning Staffordshire countryside area, that has come to be known as ‘little Switzerland’! There’s a variety of ways to enjoy the railway, with exciting events and experiences running throughout the year. Take a round-trip through the Cauldon Branch to the Ipstones Loop in a first-class dining experience. Enjoy a 3-course meal, locally-sourced and lovingly made by their very-own on board chef while you admire the moorland scenery in a nostalgic trip. When Christmas finally comes around, take the Polar Express, in a magical journey through the North Pole! Join an enthusiastic cast of characters who will accompany you on your journey, and treat you to some delicious Christmas snacks will you take in the northern lights show.

Don’t forget to have a wander around Froghall and Consall stations, and stop for a tea at the Signals tea room. Cheddleton Station, the original home of the restored railway, hosts a small railway museum where you can see their railway memorabilia and artefact collection that captures days gone by. A trip on the Churnet Valley Railway makes for a fantastic family day out!

  • Disabled access and facilities available.
  • Check their events page for calendar of events, where you can book your place.
  • Ticket prices vary on event.
  • The contact page has details for the location of each station.

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