'Black Five' bound for Llandudno

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Description:British Railways 'Black Five' 4-6-0 locomotive number 45045 prepares to meet a rake of coaches at Leek railway station.

Together, they will form a service bound for Llandudno in North Wales - a long-standing holiday destination for people in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

A long procession of 'hoppers' (mineral wagons) stands in the adjacent siding.

Although passenger services ended on this line during the 1960s, regular mineral traffic provided a stay-of-execution until 1988.

Nowadays, a section of the line through the Churnet Valley operates as a heritage railway and visitor attraction.

This image is included by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.

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