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Royal Scot locomotive at Longport

An unidentified Royal Scot 4-6-0 locomotive passes Longport station with a Manchester to Euston service during summer 1953. Longport had a level crossing at the south end of the platforms. After ...

Rudyard

We are looking towards Rudyard's railway bridge on a sunny day in 1957. A small narrow guage railway now runs for a mile or so along a strech of the former track bed in the summer months. It is ...

Rudyard Lake

With the coming of the railway, Rudyard Lake became a popular countryside day out for people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Rudyard Lake was built in the 18th century in order to feed the Trent ...

Rudyard Lake Station

A "down" local passanger service passes the western end of Rudyard Lake. By the time this photo was taken Rudyard Lake station, no more than a halt, was a request stop. Rudyard station is at the ...

Rudyard railway station

A Fowler class 4P locomotive arrives at Rudyard station with a passenger service from Macclesfield on a wet day in 1960. This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.

Rudyard railway station

Rudyard railway station pictured in Summer 1957. Note the smartness of the station, staff and platforms. Rudyard was still a popular destination for day trippers by train. This image is featured by ...

Rudyard railway station

Rudyard railway station, pictured in June 1964. Compare this photo with the previous one taken in 1957. Already the rot has set in, just prior to the Beeching axe! A narrow guage railway operates from ...

Rushton level crossing

A man and boy, perhaps father and son, pose beside the gates at Rushton level crossing, in around 1960. The man is believed to be the signalman Ernie Harlow, who later moved from Rushton when that box ...

Rushton railway station

Rushton railway station pictured in 1959. A three coach local train approches on the "up" line. The train will soon pass the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The North Staffordshire Railway's Churnet Valley line ...

Rushton railway station

No sign of any trains as a mother and her sons wait at Rushton station on a warm day in the early 1960s. Beyond the station platform, the level crossing remains open to road traffic. This line once ...

Rushton Spencer

A group of women and children pose for a photograph outside is A. Holland's grocers and provisions shop in Rushton Spencer village In the background is the station, now a private dwelling. The ...

Rushton Station

Rushton station, pictured during the 1960s. Note the 1960s Lambretta scooter parked outside. Note also the Staffordshire Knot of the old "Knotty" (North Staffordshire Railway Co) emblem on the ...

Rushton station

A postcard showing Rushton station and level crossing in 1900. Until quite recently, level crossings were constantly manned and operated by a conventional swing gate. The railway no longer serves ...

Rushton Station and the Railway Inn

The North Staffordshire Railway's Churnet Valley line once connected Macclesfield with Leek and Uttoxeter, via the Churnet Valley. The station closed in the 1960s but the pub remains, since re-named The ...

Sand train

A sand train passes Wall Grange in Summer 1988. This was the last commercial train to use this line. Some special passenger trains have been run from Stoke to Leekbrook, and the line may well open ...

Sand train at Oakamoor

A Yorkshire diesel shunting engine pulling a 'Sand Train' at Oakamoor sidings. Sand was carried from Moneystone sand quarry via the Churnet Valley line to St Helens, Merseyside for Pilkington glass. The ...

School visit to Consall Forge

Pupils of Oldfields Secondary Modern School, Uttoxeter, at Consall railway station. John Hudson, one of the pupils, remembers: "This Consall station photograph was taken during a field trip to the ...

Soldiers at Alton Towers

A group of soldiers at Alton Towers in May 1944. During the Second World War Alton Towers was used as a centre for training officers of different regiments for specific tasks. Most of these men ...