The Chasewater Steam Railway

Steam trains may be a thing of the past but the Chasewater Steam Railway in Staffordshire are out to provide railway enthusiasts the joy of steam in the modern day.

Formerly a collier railway, the site now operates as a heritage railway and was awarded the Queen’s award for voluntary services in 2016. The railway itself was thought of 1959 when a group of 16 men formed the West Midlands Railway Preservation Society and were looking for a railway to buy before signing a 25-year lease for the Aldridge-Brownhills Branch in 1964.

By 1982 the railway had effectively closed but behind the scenes the society continued and by 1985 steam was back with a new company forming ‘the Chasewater Light Railway and Museum Company’ which was registered as a charity.

The preservation group are still running strong today with just under 2 miles of operational passenger line heading into this year’s festive season with the group running a variety of Santa special trains.

Further tickets will be made available on Friday the 8th of December for £9.25 each after an initial sell-out, so head over to the Chasewater Railway Facebook page for more information on how to buy.

The age of steam may be a thing of yesteryear but the Chasewater Railway are proving that they still go, full steam ahead!

James D’Arcy

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