Phoenix from the ashes: Cheddleton shed rises again
Less than four months after being seriously damaged by fire, the Churnet Valley Railway’s carriage workshop at Cheddleton is once again fully operational. Thought to have been caused by welding, the blaze on September 24 wrote off BR Mk 1 First Open No. 3095, which was on loan from the Cambrian Heritage Railways. The final cost of the damage was £139,000. Contractors finished the reconstruction of the building before Christmas, reusing the original steel frame with new cladding, and the first coach - Mk 1 Restaurant Miniature Buffet No. E1878 - entered the shed on February 13 for its restoration to continue. To prevent a recurrence, says CVR Operations Manager Greg Wilson, a sprinkler system was considered - “but the fire brigade told us that because the fire started inside the coach, the sprinklers wouldn’t have been triggered until it was too late.” Instead, a new alarm system, with a portable detector to go inside vehicles, is being discussed.