Churwell Woodland Railway

The Churwell Woodland Railway (CWR) is a newly-built 7 1/4” gauge railway, built by the Churwell Environmental Volunteers (CEV). The railway opened to the public at Easter 2014 as a simple 100 feet of line and ran on special event days in conjunction with other woodland activities.

Work on the extension began in February 2015 and by June all the extensive earthworks (cuttings & embankments) had been formed and track foundations laid. As volunteers, CEV are very good at begging materials, often acting as a ‘home’ for otherwise unwanted stuff. The extension formed a loop around a valley containing an attractive waterfall.

The completed extension ran publicly and for the first time at our Christmas Trimming event in December 2015 where the Santa Express provided excitement to both children and not so young locals which included a visit to Santa’s Grotto part way around the trip.

In January 2016 we have started building a turntable for our loco and riding car at the terminus which will allow us to turn around the returning loco and riding car and head it back to the new front of the train. We hope that with a lot of weekend effort and weather permitting that this, as well as a secure shed for the rolling stock and three-way points were completed during the Spring of 2016

At first the railway only operated as an attraction in conjunction with other woodland events, organised by the CEV – the Easter Egg Hunt, the Big Summer Woodland Event and the Santa Express. During 2016 we were able to add monthly train rides to our timetable to enable our supporters to enjoy more of our woodland railway.

We are now running every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2-4pm. We are happy to provide train rides for groups such as schools and youth groups by prior arrangement. Contact the General Manager Stephen Seale at s.seale@tiscali.co.uk for further details

Facebook users can get updates and info on future events by looking up Churwell Environmental Volunteers’ or clicking on the link below. However, as the railway is in open, public community woodland, it is accessible for inspection at all times.

For more information on our railway, its origins, its construction and the engines please visit our sister web site by clicking on www.churwellwoodlandrailway.simplesite.com or the link below.

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