We all stopped in the Boars head hotel on Saturday and on Sunday went for a walk from Froghall wharf down the (more muddy than we expected) Caldon canal. As we got to our terminus close to the footpath up to the Falcon centre a large American steam loco came past which was a sight to behold. At that point we decided to walk on the Consall forge and get the train back.
It was muddy but still beautiful.
I have reported the tree down....
When the train passed us going to Cheddleton we could hear its urgent whistle all down the valley - a simple but engaging pleasure for me !
We timed our arrival at the station well with a five minute wait
This is the train arriving with the loco going backwards
Sadly my phone ran out of battery at the station but while watching the engine run around and then couple up the boiler made too much steam and I know where the term - 'let off steam' comes from, my goodness the noise was literally deafening.
These machines are real living beasts and beautiful to be exposed to, so close as well.
The Caldon canal and the Churnet Valley have some real treasures.