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Alton station

A train hauled by Fowler 4P locomotive number 42331(?) arrives at a flooded Alton station during the 1950s. The location of the station, on a valley floor and next to the River Churnet, meant that ...

Alton Towers Special, Rocester

A British Railways Fowler 2-6-4 locomotive approaches Rocester station with an Alton Towers six-coach special in the late 1950s. After the Second World War the village of Rocester was chosen for the ...

Black Five at Oakamoor tunnel

British Railways 'Black Five' locomotive number 45020 emerges from Oakamoor tunnel with a passneger service in around 1960. Stanier 'Black Fives' were a popular engine choice for mixed traffic, being ...

'Black Five' bound for Llandudno

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 ...

Brookfield Foundry and Kerr Stuart engineering works, Whieldon Road, Stoke-on-Trent

This is a view west from the Whieldon Road area towards the Brookfield Foundry. The main railway line runs in front of the buildings and behind can be seen the floodlight pylons of the original Stoke ...

Brookfield Foundry, Stoke-on-Trent

The photograph shows what was the California Engineering Works of the locomotive builders, Kerr Stuart & Co. Railway locomotives had been produced on this site since 1892. Kerr Stuart closed down in ...

Coal train at Cobridge station

A coal train passes through Cobridge station during 1932. The bottle ovens in the background now belong to Moorcroft Pottery, but are no longer used for firing. Cobridge was connected to the railway ...

Erecting a railway bridge, Stoke-on-Trent

This picture was taken during the erection of a railway bridge in the north of Stoke-on-Trent on the 21st April 1929. As you can see a crowd of people gathered to watch the construction. Despite our ...

Etruria Station, Stoke-on-Trent

The camera is looking south towards Stoke Station from the up side platform at Etruria Station. The tank engine is on the down line heading towards Kidsgrove. To the right is Twyford's Etruria Works and ...

Express at Whitmore troughs

A Birmingham to Manchester express train takes on water at Whitmore troughs in Spring 1933. Many steam engines' tenders were fitted with scoops, allowing them to replenish their water supplies from ...

Goods yard, Stoke Railway Station

North Staffordshire Railway Locomotive No. 2 on display at the goods yard to mark the Jubilee of the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

Goods yard, Stoke Railway Station

Pacific locomotive "City of Stoke-on-Trent", No. 46254 on display at the goods yard to mark the jubilee of the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...