Flooding washes out Churnet Valley gala

IT WAS supposed to be a day of celebration, seeing three USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0’s working together in the UK for the first time since 1944. 

However, the Churnet Valley Railway’s (CVR) Super Power Saturday on October 26 ended in disaster after persistent rain flooded part of the lines and washed away another.

The rain continues to fall as ‘S160s’ Nos. 2253 Omaha, 5197 and 6046 stand at Cheddleton station after returning from Froghall on October 26. JAMES KINDRED

The gala day never really got started as the CVR made the decision to abandon services early in the morning before the first train had run. 

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