The Churnet Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge heritage railway to the east of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. The CVR has two main operational headquarters: Cheddleton station, where the motive power department is based and where the first trains ran, and Kingsley and Froghall station, where many passengers begin their journey.
The railway is presently 5+1⁄4 miles (8.4 km) long, although trains operate on a semi-regular basis over a further several miles of railway between the terminus at Leekbrook Junction and the stone quarries at Cauldon Low. This stretch of railway is owned by the Moorlands & City Railway, a commercial venture which aims to run freight trains between Cauldon and the main national network at Stoke-on-Trent. In the near future, the CVR will operate trains along MCR metals through to Alton (for Alton Towers) and Leek, in addition to Cauldon Low services.