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Potteries Express at Leek station

The Potteries Express takes on water at Leek station on a summer's day in 1959. A crowd gathers at the trackside to admire the locomotive, a 'crab' 2-6-0 mogul, number 42922. These engines were ...

Quarry sidings, Oakamoor

Moneystone quarry sidings at Oakamoor. The quarries at Cauldon Low and Froghall provided limestone for the agricultural and pottery industries. At one time thousands of men were employed in the quarrying ...

Rail accident at Uttoxeter

A group of men survey the damage resulting from a rail accident at Uttoxeter station in 1890. Although this section of the line was under the control of Uttoxeter engine shed, a heavy crane was called ...

Rail engineering work at Leek

Disruption to rail services through engineering work is nothing new - as this photograph clearly shows. In 1914, the North Staffordshire Railway decided to double their capacity at Leek by adding an ...

Railway children take to the footplate

Three thrilled youngsters smile for the camera having been invited onto the footplate of a grimy British Railways steam locomotive. The engine in question is class 5F (or 'Stanier Black Five'), number ...

Railway Goods Yard, Cheddleton

Cheddleton station goods yard on the Churnet Valley Line. The steam locomotive on the left, number 44422, was built in 1927 and scrapped by British Rail in 1965. In 1977 It was rescued from a scrap yard ...

Railway Station, Uttoxeter

A view looking towards the station showing the Churnet Valley line and platforms. The cheese factory can be seen on the right.

Railway worker at Oakamoor

Mrs Rita Ecclestone, Clerk and Porter at Oakamoor Station in the 1950s. Rita is standing on the tracks and the view is looking towards the tunnel mouth. However, today you will be looking down a country ...

Remains of the Uttoxeter Canal, Denstone

A view of the defunct Uttoxeter Canal just north of Denstone. The Churnet Valley Railway line is seen on the right. The Uttoxeter Canal was a thirteen-mile extension of the Caldon Canal running from ...

Remains of the Uttoxeter Canal, Denstone

view of the defunct Uttoxeter Canal just north of Denstone. The Churnet Valley Railway line is seen on the left. The Uttoxeter Canal was a thirteen-mile extension of the Caldon Canal running from Froghall ...

Rhyl express at Leek station

At Leek station on 15 June 1957, an unidentified 'Crab' 2-6-0 Mogul works its way to the front of the train, ready to take a trainful of passengers to the coast at Rhyl. The locomotive probably owes ...

Rocester Railway Station on the Churnet Valley line

Rocester railway station and level crossing in the summer of 1891. The view is from the Cheadle road, on the left is the signal box. This station was completed in the early 1850s. The North Staffordshire ...

Rocester station

A train approaches Rocester station in 1962. This image is taken from the collection of the Churnet Valley Railway.

Rocester Station on the Churnet Valley line

Once rail services were withdrawn in the 1960s, many railway buildings became neglected and derelict, as seen here at Rocester. Only a few railway workers houses remain as private dwellings. However, ...

Royal Scot

'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 locomotive number 6166, The London Rifle Brigade, pulls out of Whitmore after taking on an unexpected royal visitor in summer 1932. A note on the back of the photograph tells us ...

Royal Scot at Etruria

In the age of steam, expresses between London and Scotland were a regular sight in the Potteries. This service, passing the gasometer at Etruria, is hauled by 4-6-0 locomotive number 46149 The Middlesex ...

Royal Scot express at speed

During the 1930s, the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) prided itself on its swift service between London and Scotland. A spirit of intense competition with their east coast counterparts, the ...

Royal Scot Express at Stoke

Royal Scot locomotive number 46101, named Royal Scots Grey, pulls into Stoke railway station with a service to London in April 1960. These distinctive red locomotives were a common sight in the Potteries. ...