Last Rail Journey on the Stafford to Uttoxeter Line

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Date:23rd of March 1957

Description:The Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area) ran the last train on the Uttoxeter to Stafford line on 1957. The locomotive is seen here arriving at Chartley & Stowe (Stowe-by-Chartley) Station with 200 railway enthusiasts on board.

The line was opened in December 1867 by the Stafford-Uttoxeter Railway Company. Nineteen years later the company folded and the line was sold to the Great Northern Company.

Passenger traffic was withdrawn in 1939, but the line was kept open for milk traffic. The high cost of maintenance proved too expensive and the line closed in 1951, having never shown a profit. It was broken up in 1959.

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Image courtesy of: Peters, J.E.C. Dr

Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P66.3.393, img: 174 (15/731)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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