From the Footplate DVD: Churnet Valley Railway, Froghall – Ipstones, BR ‘Standard 4’ No.75014 ‘Braveheart’




The Churnet Valley Railway is a 10.5-mile heritage railway that runs through the picturesque countryside of Staffordshire, featuring a 4-mile section with a 1 in 40 ruling gradient. It runs from Kingsley and Froghall to Ipstones, via Consall, Cheddleton, and Leekbrook Junction.

This product allows you to hop on board the footplate and travel between Froghall and Ipstones, featuring the visiting locomotive BR 4MT No.75014 ‘Braveheart’.

BR 4MT No.75014 ‘Braveheart’: The British Railway 4-6-0 Standard Class 4 was built for use on the Western, Midland and Southern regions of the recently nationalised rail network. They were extremely versatile mixed traffic locomotives, frequently used on passenger duties. No. 75014 was built in December 1951 in Swindon. The locomotive is now based at the Dartmouth Steam Railway and visited the Churnet Valley Railway during the early 2024 season. It was re-numbered during its stay to represent class members No.75033 and No.75035.

Included in this DVD: Join the crew of BR 4MT No.75014 and travel between Froghall and Ipstones, experiencing the challenging 4-mile 1 in 40 ruling gradient. Sit back and witness as they navigate the gradients on a sunny spring day. Utilising new technology and filmed in 4K, you can observe No.75014 working hard through Staffordshire from a whole new perspective.

While watching this production, you can follow No.75014 from a series of different angles, including onboard the footplate, smokebox handrails, the front lamp bracket, and from the motion gear.

Footage is also included from the lineside, showcasing No.75014 at several different viewpoints along the Churnet Valley Railway, filmed during multiple photo charters.

There are three viewing options to this product, these include:

Option 1: Sit back and watch the action from the footplate, from several different camera angles including the lineside. You’ll travel from Froghall to Ipstones. This option includes short titles informing you of key locations and the gradient profile along the route.

Option 2: Similar to the previous option, however this option doesn’t feature the lineside action, titles and gradient profile information.

Option 3: Take in the picturesque scenery as you pass through Staffordshire, this option allows you to watch from the front lamp bracket, unedited for the full trip between Froghall and Ipstones.

Product Overview: This product features NO commentary, allowing you to fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotive working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of key locations and gradients.

Footplate filming took place on the 16th March 2024.

No. of Discs: 2 Discs.

Approx. 56 minutes.

This DVD is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Steaming Around Yorkshire Film Productions – SAY.