Join the NSRC
Help keep the Churnet Valley Railway
running by becoming a member of the
North Staffordshire Railway Company
Download an application form here
or fill in our online membership form which can also be used by
existing members to renew their membership.
NSRC publishes the magazine, "The
Knotty", the official journal of the Churnet Valley Railway,
which is free to members and contains news from the railway and historical
features, both about the present day Churnet Valley Railway and about
the original "North Staffordshire Railway Company" (the
benefits include discounts on various CVR goods and travel. The
NSRC also provides volunteer support to the Churnet Valley Railway;
it is CVR company policy that all volunteers working on the railway
should be NSRC members.
other functions include acting as a conduit for grant aid applications
(these being helped by NSRC's Charitable Company status), coordination
of the "Museum" aspects of the Railway and organisation
of social and fundraising events such as slide show evenings, social
events and raffles.
Reconnect Leek - Phase One
On Friday October 11th the Churnet Valley Railway ran its
first train along a new 201 metre (659ft) length of track north from Leek
Brook Junction towards Leek.
The £40,000 stretch of railway line is the first step to bring trains
back to the Leek 54 years after the last passenger service departed from
the town, is "Phase One' of the 'Reconnect Leek' scheme.
The £1m scheme is hoped to be completed in the next two years -
and paid for by a combination of grant funding, share issue, community
activity and special events, some of which will see the new track showcased
to the public.
Railway enthusiasts, volunteers, representatives and journalists took
the first passenger train from Cheddleton Railway Station along the new
stretch of track - with five detonators placed on the line announcing
the moment the journey crossed onto the new line.
Sybil Ralphs, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, was
there to wave the first train off down the new stretch of track - and
said the scheme would benefit the whole of the Moorlands.
The 201 metres of track, which were laid by 30-strong team of volunteers
from the Permanent Way Institution, was funded by £21,000 from the
Churnet Valley Railway and another £19,000 granted by Staffordshire
Moorlands District Council.
Free to members or on sale at
Kingsley & Froghall Souvenir Shop