Churnet Valley Winter Steam Gala 2017

USA Class S160 No 5197
Railway to host its popular annual Winter Steam Gala next month
Published Tue, 2017-01-17 11:43

Churnet Valley Railway returns to steam weekend of 25/26 February 2017 with its annual Winter Steam Gala.




USA Class S160 No 5197 © Peter Broster - Creative Commons licence

Services will be operating between Froghall and Leekbrook and up on to the steeply graded Cauldon Lowe branch to Ipstones Loop and  will offer visitors one of the steepest of climbs for locomotives on any heritage railway in the UK.

The gala will also celebrate the railway's 25th anniversary year, having been formed back in October 1992 and see the return to service of USATC S160 no. 5197 following a 7-year overhaul. Engine No. 5197 will be joining sister loco 6046 - meaning this will be the first time 2x S160s have worked together in UK Preservation ever, and the first time 2x have seen in service together in the UK since 1944.

Courtesy of the Bluebell Railway, former SECR “P Class” no. 323 Bluebell will be joining the Winter gala celebrations as well as resident locomotive Polish TKh no. 2944 "Hotspur" which will see action along both the Churnet Valley and Cauldon Lowe lines.

Locomotive workshops will be open during the weekend to view progress on the restoration of former LMS 8F No. 48173, along with a behind the scenes look at the machine shops and carriage sheds.
Timetables and advanced tickets will be available online at

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