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Leek railway station

A passenger service leaves Leek station on a wet day in 1960. Leek, in Staffordshire, was a mill town, hence one of the tall factory chimmneys still standing. The station is now the site of Morrisons ...

Leek railway station under demolition

Leek railway station was demolished in 1973 after passenger services were withdrawn. As with many former Knotty railway station sites this one was bought by the supermarket chain Safeway (now Morrisons). ...

Leek station

A British Railways Ivatt Class 2, number 46430, pictured at Leek station, Staffordshire in June 1957. Leek station had a goods yard, and all manner of goods passed through, from coal mined in the Potteries ...

Leek Tunnel

This picture shows a view looking north towards the tunnel at Leek. Taken from the water tower at the north end of the up platform, you can clearly see the gas holder that served the town with gas. The ...

Leekbrook asylum line

The Leekbrook asylum line. Passengers, nurses and inmates switched from mainline trains to the asylum's own electric railway here for the short one mile ride to the hospital. This image is taken from ...

Leekbrook Junction

Leekbrook Junction acted as a station for the local asylum. This line was never electrified, but the asylum train was electric. Patients had to alight the steam train and get onto the asylum train waiting ...

Leekbrook Tunnel

A Standard Class 2 locomotive, number 75035, emerges from Leekbrook tunnel in Staffordshire during the 1960s. Despite closure to goods traffic in 1988, this stretch of line through the Churnet Valley ...

Lime Kilns and Canal Wharf, Froghall

Photograph taken from the Foxt Road looking toward the working lime kilns on the lower basin on the Caldon Canal at Froghall. To the right Brunner Mond boats are being loaded in the top lock of the Uttoxeter ...

Limestone tippler at Endon

A North Staffordshire Railway truck carrying limestone is in position ready for tipping into a narrowboat. The railway brought limestone here from Cauldon Low quarries. The tippler was built in 1918-1919 ...

Locomotive on the Leek Line, Milton

Locomotive on the Leek Line which served Cauldon Low and Oakamoor Quarries. This photo shows an early open-cab pannier tank Hardman locomotive with the nameplate 'Markham'. The bridge carries the railway ...

Locomotive, possibly at Meir

A 2-4-0 engine with a train of second and third class carriages on the Stoke to Derby line, possibly at Meir station circa 1900. This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway....

Logging

Logging in progress on a damp day in the 1950s. The scene looks like Rudyard in Staffordshire, with the reservoir barely visible through the trees. Compare the workers' hand saws, flat caps and ...

Lower Lady Meadow

The 'great white winter' of 1962-3 was the coldest since 1740. Temperatures as low as -22°C were recorded. Heavy snow caused inevitable problems for British Railways, with snowdrifts of up to five ...

Methodist Sunday school meeting, Oakamoor

A Methodist Sunday school meeting taking place at Jimmy's Yard, Oakamoor. Just off the photograph to the right, the preacher is standing on a North Staffs railway three-plank wagon.

Mixed goods passing Norton Bridge

This photograph shows a LNWR 4-6-0 engine hauling a rake of mixed goods in the vicinity of Norton Bridge on the "down" Stafford to Crewe line. This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet ...

Mixed goods train near Trentham

A train of mixed goods passes the "Monkey Steps" on a raised embankment near to Sideway and Trentham. This image is taken from the collection of the Churnet Valley Railway.

North Staffordshire Railway locomotive and crew

Rushton station, around 1915. There would appear to be more than the required crew compliment for this engine! This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.

North Staffordshire Railway staff

Train crew and station staff of the North Staffordshire Railway pose for the camera in front of their locomotive. Three of the pictured staff are teenagers, who would have begun their careers after ...