SK0247 : Steam Train at Kingsley and Froghall Station

taken 6 years ago, near to Froghall, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Steam Train at Kingsley and Froghall Station
Steam Train at Kingsley and Froghall Station
American-built steam locomotive 6046, "The Moorlander Limited", waits at Kingsley and Froghall Station ready to take the late-evening excursion train back to Cheddleton.

No 6046 was built as works no.70280 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia and was exported to France in 1945 to help with the war effort. Once her use with the French SNCF came to an end many S160 locomotives were scrapped though 6046 found her way to Hungary she spent the majority of her working life on industrial lines, before being withdrawn.

On 29th June 2012, following restoration by the Churnet Valley railway, 6046 was steamed and moved under own power for the first ever time on UK metals (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) Churnet Valley Railway).

Kingsley & Froghall station is located at the current southern terminus of the line. Neither particularly near Kingsley or Froghall villages, the station was situated at the bottom of the valley near to Thomas Bolton's copper factory and regularly transported its workers to and from the factory for years.

After the line closed, the original station building was demolished in 1968 and the entire site razed to the ground shortly afterwards. The present station buildings are reconstructions, built in the early 2000s. The station building opened to the public in July 2003 and features a large waiting room, superb Victorian style tea rooms, a booking office and toilets. The Station also accommodates the headquarters and administration offices of the Railway (LinkExternal link Churnet Valley Railway).
Churnet Valley Railway
A preserved railway line near Leek in Staffordshire, running from Froghall up the valley to Cheddleton with one intermediate stop at Consall, and (since 2011) on an extension to a former quarry at Cauldon Low, where as of 2012 there is no station. The society has plans to connect to the national network at Stoke-on-Trent.

The lines were originally constructed by the North Staffordshire Railway (the "Knotty"). According to one writer, "the buildings on the Churnet Valley line are of local stone, straightforwardly neo-Tudor, and effective" [Lloyd & Insall, "Railway Station Architecture", David & Charles 1978, p.17].
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 13 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0248 4713 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.2876N 1:57.8687W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0246 4714
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