Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
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31st January 201531st May 2015

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

The current 10.25 inch gauge railway at Rudyard dates from 1985.  It was built by Peter Hanton of Congleton working largely on his own over the period from 1985 to 1993;  click here to view his account of its development.  Sadly, he started to suffer from poor health and so sold the railway in October 2000...

History of the North Staffordshire Railway
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30th January 20158th May 2015

History of the North Staffordshire Railway

A Short History of The North Staffordshire Railway Company The following extract is taken from the 1908 edition of The Official Illustrated Guide to the District Adjacent to the North Staffordshire Railway. The Company was formed in 1847, with a capital of £5,820,000, but twelve years previously a committee had been formed, to whom Mr....

Rudyard Railway Station
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27th January 201531st May 2015

Rudyard Railway Station

Rudyard railway station served Rudyard, Staffordshire and was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) in 1850 on the Churnet Valley line.  In the village, the NSR also owned the Rudyard Hotel as part of the company’s efforts to develop Rudyard Lake and its environs as a tourist destination.  The  station master lived at the...

North Staffordshire Railway
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27th January 201524th August 2015

North Staffordshire Railway

The North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) was a British railway company formed in 1845 to promote a number of lines in the Staffordshire Potteries and surrounding areas in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. The company was based in Stoke-on-Trent and was nicknamed The Knotty; its lines were built to the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm).  The...