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Recently Published

Branch Line from Leek Branch Line from Leek to the Manifold Valley

The Leek & Manifold Light Railway was authorised and built in two parts, which were standard gauge and narrow gauge. Only the latter section is normally offered under that title, but herein is the full journey. It passes through superb scenery and reaches into several quarries. Featured are the narrow gauge wagons that could carry standard gauge..
Middleton Press

ISBN 978 1 910356 01 2
Published Feb 2017

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Derby To Stoke Midland Main Lines
Derby to Stoke-on-Trent
including Cheadle and Burton-on-Trent


The diversity of railway activity at the county town of Derby forms a fascinating start to a journey of variety ending in North Staffordshire.

The various industries, once rail served, ranged from brewing to coal mining and pottery production.
Middleton Press

ISBN 978 1 908174 93 2
Published Sep 2016

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Rugeley To Stoke Rugeley to Stoke-on-Trent
inc, Trentham Gardens Branch


The North Staffordshire Railway was widely known as “The Knotty”, owing to its emblem containing the county’s curious cord symbols.

This route served “The Potteries”, source of much of the nations china, and also ran through extensive picturesque countryside.

The line formed part of the shortest link between London and Manchester.

The various industries, once rail served, ranged from brewing to coal mining and pottery production.
Middleton Press

ISBN 978 1 908174 90 1
Published Jun 2016

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Gone to War Gone to War : The North Stafford's Fallen Railwaymen

David J Woolliscroft & Mike G Fell

Their memories are dear and sacred to us and in their homes there may still be mourning but let us remember, and always remember, that those names take a proud place in English History. Words spoken by Lord Anslow at the memorial unveiling ceremony.

This book is about the employees of the North Staffordshire Railway – ‘The Knotty’ – who lost their lives as a result of the First World War; 146 of them are listed on the magnificent war memorial at Stoke-on-Trent station which was unveiled by Lord Anslow, Chairman of the company, on 15 August 1922.
Black Dwarf Lightmoor

ISBN 978 1 911038 02 3
Published 2015

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Stafford and Uttoxeter The Stafford & Uttoxeter Railway

Allan C Baker & Mike G.Fell

The 12.5 mile Stafford & Uttoxeter Railway opened in 1867 and had running powers from Bromshall Junction into the NSR's Uttoxeter Station. At the other end of the line the S&UR used the L&NWR's Stafford Station which was also used by the NSR.

The narrative describes the personalities, operation and traffic of the S&UR, and examines the industries served by the railway, including the extensive salt works at Stafford Common. The former S&UR lost its passenger service in 1939 but the line survived finally closing in 1951.
Black Dwarf Lightmoor

ISBN 978 1 899889 90 7
Published 2014

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Current Books

Title Author Publisher ISBN Year
Branch Lines around Market Drayton from Wellington, Nantwich and Stoke-on-Trent Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith Middleton Press 978 1 908174 67 3 2014
North Staffordshire Collieries on the Hill North of Chell Allan C Baker Black Dwarf Lightmoor 978 1 899889 84 6 2014
The North Staffordshire Railway in LMS Days Volume 3 Basil Jeuda Black Dwarf Lightmoor 978 1 899889 83 9 2013
Rails To Ashbourne Howard Sprenger Kestrel Railway Books 978 1 905505 29 6 2013
The North Staffordshire Railway in LMS Days Volume 2 Basil Jeuda Black Dwarf Lightmoor 978 1 899889 65 5 2012
The North Staffordshire Railway in LMS Days Volume 1 Basil Jeuda Black Dwarf Lightmoor 978 1 899889 48 8 2010
Newcastle-under-Lyme Its Railway and Canal History Allan C Baker
Mike G Fell
Irwell Press Ltd 978 1 906919 13 9 2009
North Staffordshire Railways, Scenes from the 1980s T. Moors Landmark Publishing 978 1 843063 47 6 2007
The Stoke to Market Drayton Line and Associated Canals and Mineral Branches C R Lester The Oakwood Press 978 0 853612 93 3 2001
Locomotives Illustrated No136 March-April 2001 J W Rowledge editor: Brian Stephenson RAS Publishing 0307 1804 2001
Industrial Locomotives of North Staffordshire Allan C Baker Industrial Railway Society 978 0 901096 97 5 1997
The Knotty - an illustrated survey of the North Staffordshire Railway Basil Jeuda Lightmoor Press 978 1 899889 01 3 1996
North Staffordshire Wagons G F Chadwick Wild Swan Publications 978 1 874103 15 8 1993
Staffordshire Railways Staffs. C.C. Education Department Staffordshire County Council 0 950081 23 X 1981

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Out of Print Books

The internet has made it relatively easy to search for Out of Print books. Some useful specialist sellers are: UK BookWorld and AbeBooks.

Title Author Publisher ISBN Year
An Illustrated History of LMS Locomotives - Volume Two: Absorbed Pre-Group Classes Western and Central Divisions Bob Essery & David Jenkinson Oxford Publishing Company 978 0 860930 87 7 1981
An Illustrated History of Stoke and North Staffordshire's Railways Allan C Baker Irwell Press 978 1 903266 11 3 2000
The Ashbourne to Buxton Railway C T Goode C T Goode 978 1 870313 08 7 1990
Birchenwood and its Locomotives Allan C Baker Industrial Railway Society   1975
British Locomotive Catalogue 1825 - 1923 - Volume 4 Scottish and Remaining English Companies in the LMS B & D Baxter Moorland Publishing Co. 1982
British Railways Layout Plans : Vol. 4 ex-North Staffordshire Railway Lines Signalling Record Society Signalling Record Society 1 873228 03 1 1992
Caldon Canal and Tramroads :  Including the Uttoxeter and Leek Canals and North Stafford Railway Peter Lead The Oakwood Press 978 0 853614 04 3 1990
The Cheadle Collieries & their Railways Allan C Baker Trent Valley Publications 978 0 948131 12 7 1986
The Cheadle Railway Allan C Baker The Oakwood Press 978 0 853612 48 3 1979
The Churnet Valley Railway Basil Jeuda Lightmoor Press 978 1 899889 05 1 1999
The Churnet Valley Railway R Keys and The North Staffordshire Railway Society Moorland 978 0 903485 16 6 1974
Leek, Caldon & Waterhouses Railway Basil Jeuda North Staffordshire Railway Co (1978) Ltd 978 0 907133 00 1 1980
Limestone Quarries of Caldon Low Basil Jeuda Churnet Valley Books 978 1 897949 64 1 2000
LMS Engine Sheds Volume Four: The Smaller English Constituents Chris Hawkins & George Reeve Wild Swan Publications 0 906867 20 7 1984
Locomotives of the North Staffordshire and LT & S Railways M C V Allchin Railway Hobbies Ltd   1943
Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway Basil Jeuda Cheshire Libraries 978 0 904532 04 3 1983
Madeley & Leycett Collieries Allan C Baker Industrial Railway Society 0537 5347 2000
Memories of the North Staffordshire Railway Basil Jeuda Cheshire Libraries 978 0 904532 21 0 1986
North Staffordshire Album George Dow Ian Allan 978 0 711001 28 2 1970
North Staffordshire Locomotives Ken Hopkins Trent Valley Publications 978 0 948131 14 1 1986
The North Staffordshire Railway "Manifold" Henstock - 1952
The North Staffordshire Railway Rex Christiansen &
Robert William Miller
David & Charles 978 0 715351 21 5 1971
The North Staffordshire Railway Co. 1846-1849 G H Bould Pub by author  
North Staffordshire Railway Locomotives & Rolling Stock R W Rush The Oakwood Press 978 0 853612 75 9 1981
Portrait of the North Staffordshire Railway Rex Christiansen Ian Allan 978 0 711025 46 2 1997
The Potteries Loop Line Allan C Baker Trent Valley Publications 978 0 948131 20 2 1987
Railway Postcard Scenes of Cheshire John Ryan &
Basil Jeuda
Cheshire Libraries 978 0 904532 22 7 1987
Railways in and around Burton upon Trent H N Twells Challenger Publishing 978 1 899624 28 7 1997
Railways in Burton and the Trent Valley H N Twells Trent Valley Publications 978 0 948131 00 4 1984
Railways in Staffordshire : Local History Source Book No9 Staffs. C.C. Education Department Staffordshire County Council  
The Railways of Macclesfield Basil Jeuda Foxline Publishing 978 1 870119 44 3 1995
Railways of the High Peak - Buxton to Ashbourne J M Bentley & G.K. Fox Foxline Publishing 978 1 870119 45 0 1998
Railways of the Macclesfield District Basil Jeuda Wyvern Publications 978 0 907941 07 1 1984
Reminiscences of the Knotty Des Brailsford North Staffordshire Railway Co (1978) Ltd  
Trentham - The Hall, Gardens and Branch Railway C.T. Goode The Oakwood Press 978 0 950823 96 6 1985

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Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway Books

Title Author Publisher ISBN Year
The Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway R. Gratton RCL Publications 978 0 953876 37 2 2005
The Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway Keith Turner The History Press 978 0 752427 91 1 2004
Manifold Valley Railway, an anthology Eric Leslie Oakwood Press 978 0 853615 19 4 1998
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway Lindsey Porter Ashbourne Editions 978 1 874723 82 0 1996
The Leek & Manifold Light Railway S.C. Jenkins The Oakwood Press 978 0 853614 14 2 1991
The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway Keith Turner David & Charles 978 0 715379 50 9 1980
The Manifold Valley & its Light Railway R. Keys & L. Porter Moorland Publishing Company 1972
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway "Manifold" D.Bradford Barton 1965

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Videos

The Knotty - The Story of the North Staffordshire Railway Ray Johnson Productions
"The Knotty", Churnet Valley Line Part 1, North Rode to Cheddleton
"The Knotty", Churnet Valley Line Part 2, Cheddleton to Uttoxeter
The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway Part 1, 1896-1904 Robert Cartwright Productions
The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway Part 2, 1904-1934 Robert Cartwright Productions
The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway Part 3, Memories, Memorabilia, Milestones Robert Cartwright Productions

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Last updated 24/02/17