Knotty: Churnet Valley Line, Parts 1 & 2
The Churnet Valley Line was built by the North Staffordshire Railway Company and opened in 1849 between North Rode, South of Macclesfield in Cheshire, to Uttoxeter in Staffordshire - a distance of 27.5 miles. Part 1 looks at the route from North Rode to Cheddleton, South of Leek, and the seven stations serving this section of line, which ran along the picturesque shoreline of Rudyard Lake. Part 2 follows the route from Cheddleton to Uttoxeter and its seven stations, including Froghall, Oakamoor and Alton - in the heart of the wooded Churnet Valley. The programmes contain unique movie footage which, together with the memories of retired railwaymen, vividly bring to life the steam days of the North Stafford's most scenic line. We also look at the Churnet Valley Railway - successfully running trains from Cheddleton to Froghall and recreating the atmosphere of a country branch line of the 50s and 60s.