Rudyard railway station

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Place Rudyard, Staffordshire
Area Staffordshire Moorlands
Coordinates 53°07′05″N 2°04′04″W / 53.1180°N 2.0678°W / 53.1180; -2.0678Coordinates: 53°07′05″N 2°04′04″W / 53.1180°N 2.0678°W / 53.1180; -2.0678
Grid reference SJ955579
Original company North Staffordshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
22 July 1850 (1850-07-22) Opened[1]
1 April 1926 Name changed from Rudyard to Rudyard Lake[1]
7 November 1960 Closed to passengers[1]
15 June 1964 Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Rudyard railway station served Rudyard, Staffordshire and was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) in 1850 on the Churnet Valley line.[2] 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.

In 1926 the London, Midland and Scottish Railway renamed the station Rudyard Lake and at the same time Rudyard Lake station at the north end of the lake was renamed Cliffe Park.[3]

As Rudyard Lake station, it remained open until passenger services were withdrawn from the northern end of the Churnet valley line (North RodeLeek) in 1960.[4] Freight services lasted until 1964 when they too were withdrawn and the track lifted.[4]

Subsequent use[edit]

In 1978 a miniature railway was built on the west side of the trackbed from Rudyard Station to the Dam. This closed two years later and was moved to the Suffolk wildlife park. and then to Trago Mills in Devon. One of the locomotives, a model of the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway engine No.1 E. R. Calthrope now periodically revisits the current railway at Rudyard.

A further 10.25 inches (26.0 cm) minimum gauge railway was started in 1985 and extended to a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) towards Cliffe Park station. Today the station area is used by the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway as its headquarters and as a public car park. Rudyard station now includes engine and carriage sheds, workshop, signal box, footbridge, the Platform 2 café and a level crossing. The railway has five steam locomotives and 11 carriages and a number of wagons and operates year round. This railway celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

The original up side standard gauge platform and retaining walls and flower beds are still visible. The Platform 2 cafe now uses this area for its seating and the original waiting shelter foundations for its buildings.


"Merlin" coupling up at Rudyard station in 2013
Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Cliffe Park   North Staffordshire Railway
Churnet Valley Line


  1. ^ a b c Quick 2009, p. 336.
  2. ^ Jeuda 1999, p. 62.
  3. ^ Jeuda 1999, p. 65.
  4. ^ a b Christiansen & Miller 1971, p. 304.

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