Freight vehicles

Typically for a railway of this size, the CVR does not yet have a dedicated wagon restoration group, maintenance of a nucleus of essential vehicles being undertaken by the more established Coach Works. Operational wagons tend to be examples which have an essential function rather than historical importance alone.

Because of this, the operational fleet of freight vehicles is relatively small. They can be summarised as follows:

  • Sand Wagon BR WBB30025 PAA - bought by the NSRC in April 2018. Now sole surviving sand wagon that was once used to Oakamoor. [41]
  • Brake Van: LMS 731790 (Running repairs completed December 2014)
  • Shark Brake Van: DB993867 (Purchased in Autumn 2020)
  • Ballast Train: Rake of two Dogfish and two Catfish ballast wagons plus a Whale (DB 993363 / DB993431 / DB983710 / DB993545 / DB982390)
  • Box Vans: There are five 4-wheel box vans serviceable in BR Bauxite livery and regularly used on Photo Charters
  • Engineers: Bogie Bolster DB996724 is regularly used on Engineering trains, and Sole-surviving Parrot 3014 is under-going assessment for restoration. Both are on long-term hire from the National Railway Museum. Two privately owned Medfits are also on the line, though both require repairs before being available for service.
  • There is also a 4-wheel former Esso oil tanker that was restored in 2007 and painted in the colours of a local Oil firm. Currently stored at Leek Brook (ESSO 2305).
  • Ministry of Defence: A selection of vehicles arrived on the railway in 2011 after purchase from MoD Marchwood, and are awaiting restoration (with the Parrot Wagon being the first).
  • Several vans & well wagons exist around the railway, externally restored and used for storage purposes but they are not used in any trains.

Restoration of wagons is done sporadically. The Coach Works directed its full resources towards eight wagons for a significant part of 2007, the majority of the vehicles which formed a demonstration freight set. The ballast rake was restored in 2001, while all other vehicles have been restored by individual owners at various times.

There are no times when any freight stock is advertised as operating; however, the demonstration freight set sees occasional use during photographic charters.

Supporting groups

  • The North Staffordshire Railway Co. (1978) Ltd. – Charitable Trust[42]
  • Churnet Valley Railway PLC (1992) – Operating Company[43]
  • Anglia Shunters Ltd – Maintenance of resident Polish Tanks [44]
  • Batt Holden Ltd - Engineering Support [45]
  • Churnet Valley Motive Power Department[46]
  • Churnet Valley Railway Telecoms Department[47]
  • Churnet Valley Railway Permanent Way Department[48]