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28 JUL

“Exciting times” for heritage railway

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

The volunteer team at a heritage railway in the Moorlands is looking for like-minded folk to help take the organisation into the future. Churnet Valley Railway is appealing for additional volunteers in readiness for when their line is brought back into Leek.

The volunteer team at a heritage railway in the Moorlands is looking for like-minded folk to help take the organisation into the future.

Churnet Valley Railway is appealing for additional volunteers in readiness for when their line is brought back into Leek.

Jon Kerr, at the heritage railway, said: “The Churnet Valley Railway is on the cusp of exciting times, as the 40 year dream to extend into Leek nears fruition and trains can call at the Staffordshire market town for the first time since 1965.

With this re-opening so near, thoughts are already looking ahead to operating the future services.

All of the CVR’s current train services are operated by our well renowned friendly team of volunteers, and whilst the CVR does not presently operate the most intense of services this is expected to increase with the Leek extension.

Therefore preparations are needed now and we are inviting people to get involved within our Operations Department. This department supplies the Guards and Crossing Keepers for the railway, and we are particularly interested to hear from volunteers with past experience.”

Jon continued: “Whether this is through the mainline, or other heritage railways, if you have more than 12 months experience of performing either roles and are interested in joining our team in operating Staffordshire’s Premier heritage railway then we invite you to get in touch now.

The need to pass a conversion course is required, that will enable us to take your experience and align you to our own rules, but for those with sufficient experience this will not be too much of a drag.

The Churnet Valley offers over ten miles of varied lineside, with the tranquil valley floor weaving alongside canal and river contrasting with the far-reaching moorlands on the steeply graded Cauldon Lowe branch.

If you are interested then please contact ourselves, and include a quick summary of your experience, to which we will respond to you as soon as possible and welcome to you into our railway family.

The Leek & Moorlands Echo asked Mr Kerr about when the line to Leek is expected to be completed, and when it is set to be in operation.

In response, he said: “Leek needs to be completed by the end of September to comply with the terms of the EAFRD grant.

We then have a month to train the operations staff before we plan to run a mini event in November as there has to be a public train run to Leek by December 1.

After this we will focus on Polar Express, before looking at how best incorporate Leek in the 2023 season.”

To find out more, go online to: www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/volunteering.

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