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Froghall Wharf

The inner part of the canal basin at Froghall Wharf. The canal and a boat can just be seen in the bottom right hand corner. Limestone is being loaded from tramway wagons or from the large bank of stone ...

Girls at a Rudyard Hotel

With the coming of the railway, Rudyard Lake became a popular rural destination for the people of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. It is interesting to note that the famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, ...

Goods train at Etruria

Unidentified Stanier 8F locomotive at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent. Pulling a rake of empty coal wagons, this "up goods" is heading past Cockshutt sidings on the main line. The buildings in the background ...

Goods train bound for Northampton

A mixed goods train bound for Northampton approaches Leek on a cold winter's day in 1952. The train is in the vicinity of Rushton, an open and windswept area in the grip of winter. An unidentified ...

Goods train near Rudyard

A "down" goods train hauled by locomotive number 48106 passes Rudyard lake with flatbed trucks. Circa 1960. A small narrow guage railway now operates along some of this section of track during the ...

Handshake at Rushton station

On a wet day at Rushton, station staff and footplate crew exchange a friendly handshake. This could have been a retirement handshake, or a goodbye handshake due to closure of the station. Who knows? A ...

Home Guard, Cheddleton Railway Station

No. 1 Squad, No.38 (Railway) Platoon, 'F' Company 5th (Leek) Staffordshire Home Guard, winners of the Field Firing Competition in 1943, pictured outside Cheddleton Station.

House at Crowgutter, Consall

This house stood on the site of Crowgutter Mill on the Caldon Canal. The wooden crane is a relic of the canal. Crwogutter Mill had been a flint mill but was disused by 1900. Photograph from the B. ...

Ian Allan Potteries Express. Circa 1959.

The Ian Allan Potteries Express train, hauled by a 2-6-0 steam engine No 42922, enters Leek station with a train full of railway enthusiasts bound for Macclesfield. The train stopped here for a while, ...

Ian Allan Potteries Express, Leek

This photograph shows the engine, number 42922 that hauled the Ian Allan Potteries Express enthusiasts' train. Here it takes on water at Leek station on a warm spring's day. The coach had large viewing ...

Ian Allan Potteries Express. Circa 1959.

This photograph shows the rear end of a "special" train, operated as a day trip for enthusiasts by Ian Allen and the Potteries Express on the 9th May 1959. The coach had large viewing windows at the ...

Ian Allan Potteries Express. Circa 1959.

This photograph shows the rear end of the steam-hauled Potteries Express in Leek station on 9th May 1959. The train stopped here for a while to take on water for the engine before proceeding north ...

Inmates at Cheddleton Asylum

"Inmates" at Cheddleton Asylum were encouraged to take part in games and physical training as part of their treatment. Teamwork games such as netball would help secure friendship and be of benefit ...

Ipstones Bank and Bolton's Copper Works, Froghall, Kingsley

Thomas Bolton & Sons set up a copper works at nearby Oakamoor in 1852-3. By 1890 there was no more room for expansion at Oakamoor so they began building at Froghall. Major extensions followed in the 1930s, ...

Kingsley and Froghall Station

A British Railways passenger service hauled by Fowler 4P locomotive number 42454 stands at Kingsley and Froghall Station in 1960. This image is taken from the collection of the Churnet Valley Railway....

Knotty Rail Motor

Early attempts at motorising the railways met with varying degrees of success. Built by Beyer & Peacock, the Knotty Rail Motor combined a locomotive and carriage in one unit. The North Staffordshire ...

Leek goods yard

A dirty Standard Class 4 locomotive numbered 75030 pulls away from Leek yard in Staffordshire with an empty load of wagons. This picture was taken in 1966 when steam was becoming a rarer sight on Britain's ...

Leek Railway Station

The original station was built by the North Staffordshire Railway Company in 1849, this photograph shows the building as rebuilt in 1880. Passenger services finished in 1960 and the station finally closed ...