This steam Railway was originally built to transport coal from a Colliery in the Midlands.The line, then owned by the National Coal Board, was closed down in August 1965 but resurrected by local steam train enthusiasts just 2 years later in 1967. The Railway is now one of the few privately run steam railways with a comprehensive rolling stock that includes locomotives of over 125 years old.The current track is 5 miles long and encompasses some of the steepest climbs in Staffordshire. With a new line extension due to be completed in 2011, the track will eventually terminate approximately 2 miles further down the original line.This Railway hosts a wide variety of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, all in different livery, and all well-maintained by local volunteers.For those film makers looking for a specific type of locomotive, carriage or Wagon, full details of our inventory is available but here is an outline of the stock we have available to us.Rolling Stock:22x Steam Locomotives15x Diesel and Electric LocomotivesCarriages:10x Passenger Carriages3x Non-passenger CarriagesFreight Wagons:3x Open Wagons4x Hopper Wagons9x Mineral Wagons7x Bolster, Flat and Well Wagons8x Covered Vans4x Tank Vans6x Brake VansFacilities As one would expect, there is a large car park beside the main platform at the entrance to the station. From here, visitors can get a great view of the engine-room staff adding fluid to the tanks or stoking the engine fires.On entering the Ticket Hall, there is a Souvenir Shop, a Bar (that boasts awards for its real ale!),and an old fashioned Ticket Kiosk.Steam Museum
There is also has a Museum on the station site. The Museum hosts several steam locomotives. Each locomotive has mezzanine staircase leading up to it so that visitors (actors/film makers?) can stand in the engine room and experience the working conditions that the drivers and their fire-men would have worked in during the days when these trains were the primary form of transport to and from the colliery.