Date(s) - 31st May 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Stoke Railway Station
Exploring Railway History around Leek, Leekbrook Junction & Cheddleton
This walk, led by Ruth Shaw and Roger Brice, is in its planning stages as access is being sought to cross an area of private land. It will be a joint West Midlands & North West Groups event.
The proposed walk will be centred on Leekbrook Junction. This junction was a mile south of leek on the main North Staffs line from North Rode (Macclesfield) to Uttoxeter. Today the Churnet Valley using the junction to access the line across the North Staffordshire Moorlands towards its current terminus at Ipstones. (In NSR days the line ran further to Caldon Low and Waterhouses where it connected with the Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway). The Churnet Valley Railway has plans to go west from Leekbrook Junction towards Stoke, also a former NSR line.
In addition to the NSR lines at Leekbrook (towards Macclesfield, Uttoxeter, Caldon Low & Stoke) there was also an electric railway built from Leekbrook (where it had a platform) to the nearby mental hospital, the former water tower of which is visible from the nearby canal and Leek to Cheddleton road. Also at the junction are the remains of a small locomotive shed and a terrace of former railway workers cottages.
We envisage a walk, centred on the former junction, of between 5 and 6 miles on level ground , although there may be sleepers and some former rails to obstruct precision walking. It may be necessary to cross a main road.
Using public transport, the walk will be best accessed from Stoke station. Timing will very probably be as for previous walks in the area but will be confirmed nearer to the event. Details will be posted on the website as they become available and also in the March Bulletin (#472). However, final details may have to be in the May Bulletin (#473).
Please direct any queries to Roger Brice (01625 533959; 07702 303242; email@example.com)