As the station was closed when we were up there on Oakfield when we returned back down to Cheddleton we caught the steam train up there. I had to coax a reluctant Bottle to go with me, but he DID enjoy his day out really.
There was a souvenir shop, cafe and picnic areas here, a signal box, a water tower and a newly built waiting shelter on the opposite platform. We decided to return on a later train so that we could mooch about and enjoy some homemade cakes with tea.
To our surprise there seemed to be a lady fireman shovelling the coal for the driver and another man who decoupled the engine to run around, plus a visitor along for a ride in the cab.
We had to wait at the platform on our way back at Consall Forge to let the diesel train pass us by.
‘Captain Charles’ was in the siding when we got back to Cheddleton.
This one didn’t seem to have a name just a number 5197.