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Tomorrow is Fathers'day in France; So I thought I would upload the photo of a steam train, which used to be the passion a lot of fathers transmitted to their sons. I don't know if it's still the case; but I would like to have some feedback on this kind of interest!

Cheddleton station, situated on the Churnet Valley Line, opened in 1849! It was a quiet country station serving the needs of Cheddleton village and Ipstones in Staffordshire!
As with many stations in the 1960's, levels of traffic decreased to such an extent that the station had to close to both passengers and goods in 1965.
During the 1970's, a railway preservation base was established at Cheddleton, and the first steam trains started running again in 1996 for enjoyment rides through the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire.
The English who were really at the start of railway development in the 19th century, remain very attached to their railway heritage!

25-6-09: However, as Pablominto mentioned, this is a very polluting business, and however interesting it may be, one wonders if we can afford to carry on using such wasteful fossil energies, with the state of our Global climate. Perhaps, it's better to just keep the renovated engines standing in open-air museums, as Stego has shown in the WS he added to my photo.

2 other WS showing the steam train of Anduze not far from Montpellier, France.

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