Leycett Station © Donald Morris
The Lost Railways of Staffordshire
Over the twentieth century, the railways in Staffordshire shrunk - and many stations and lines simply disappeared. We go looking for them.
It's astonishing to think that much of Staffordshire's railway structure, much of it less than a hundred years ago, has simply gone.
Stations, lines, halts, good yards and sidings were razed to the ground; and are now invisible, covered by car-parks, greenways, housing developments and the like.
A few vestiges remain of course. Some station-houses were renovated and became private residences. Some old rural bridges are still used by livestock moving from one field to another, and may even bear signs still of what they once were. In some places, old track is overgrown and rusting, but still unmoved.
We'd like to put together a photo-record of these signs in the present of what once was. And we need your help...
*Do you take walks on an old railway track now used as a path? - send us a photo!
To see the photo-gallery we have amassed so far, click on the link below:
To email us your photos, use the email link...
Hanley Station © Donald Morris
But which exactly are the lines and stations that have gone?
Well, this is not the final list perhaps (if you know more, please contact us!!), but here's a guide..
*Some lines near collieries or mineral workings (like Silverdale) remained open for longer than the official closure time for the mines' use only
*The name 'Knotty' is sometimes confused with the Potteries Loop Line, but the title is in fact the affectionate nickname given to the company that originally managed the line, that is, the North Staffordshire Railway - or NSR - Company. (A famous play was written about the Knotty, and performed at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke in the 1960s)
Of course, even on lines that remain open, stations have disappeared. Madeley, Colwich, Whitmore and Great Bridgeford, towns which are all on the West Coast Main Line, are examples of places which lost even their railway stations to economies.
Cresswell on the present Stoke to Derby line is another to have lost its station.
We'd like photos relating to their present state too...
Can you help?
So... if you go on a walk in Staffordshire over the next few weeks, and spot a piece of history, would you send us the photo?
We'd be grateful - and so will a few rail historians!
last updated: 20/10/2008 at 10:18