Narrowboat vs Train! Cab Ride on the Churnet Valley Railway
Narrowboat vs Train! With the River Churnet in flood, Colin takes a driver's cab train ride to Kingsley & Froghall on the Churnet Valley Railway. It's too dangerous to take our narrowboat onto the flooded river so we pay a visit to Cheddleton Station where Jack shows Colin around the engine sheds, jumps aboard a steam locomotive, and checks out the restoration of some old carriages before warming up one of their diesel locomotives and going on a private ride, taking in the train driver's view, along the Churnet Valley Line to Kingsley & Froghall. We discover the history of the line, taking in Consall Station, the former Thomas Bolton Copper Works, and the station at Froghall. Back on the Caldon Canal we leave Cheddleton and pay tribute to the great canal engineer, James Brindley, as we pass the spot where he became ill before his death in 1772.