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The line is situated in the Moorlands in Staffordshire, the line covers 8 miles of steeply graded railway line from Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Lowe where the line ends.
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Railway type and traffic
The trains running on the line are mixed between diesel (Loco and the resident DMU) and steam haulage. The Churnet Valley Railway
operates for most of the year, but only on special days do services head to Cauldon Lowe. Services up to Cauldon Lowe will be top and tailed as there is no run round facility.
The Moorland City Railway was specifically set up to purchase, renovate, and return commercial rail freight to the Stoke on Trent to Cauldon Lowe rail route. Through its close association with the Churnet Valley Railway
it was clear that a limited amount of heritage services would be able to operate over the MCR network in the fullness of time. Freight traffic will return in years to come.
The Moorlands area on the Moorlands and City Railways
line is a peaceful area to be with few farms placed near the railway line, there are many steep hills and public foot paths along with the many railway bridges around 30 in total. There is no problem with crime etc and not many walkers unless you are a railway enthusiast. Shots near or on the line are very good all year round, but taking an extra clothing is advised in Autumn and Winter.
From the A523 between Leek and Calton Moor. Follow the signs for 'Coombes Valley Reserve (RSPB). Turn off the A523 when indicated to the reserve. On the left is a small amount of roadside vere where you could park a car.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location CVR, Apesford Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking is possible along the roads next to the Cauldon Lowe Line, with Lay bys is some areas but mostly grassy areas. A good place to park is Leekbrook and Cheddleton (Churnet Valley Railway
There is good public transport with bus services from cities and towns, the major ones are:
Number 16 Leek to Hanley (Stoke-On-Trent) via Leekbrook & Cheddleton.
Number 18 Leek to Hanley (Stoke-On-Trent) via Endon & Stockton Brook.
Number 118 Hanley to Buxton via Leek.
Number 218 Buxton to Shefield (Which conects to the 118 at Buxton) via Bakewell.
There are also other links to the Moorlands. The nearest railway stations are Macclesfield and Stoke-On-Trent which have bus links to the Moorlands.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The nearest amenities are Leek, Cheddleton and Waterhouses.
Leek is a major town with shops, cafe's, chip shops, pubs etc. Cheddleton has a chip shop, pubs & shops. Waterhouses has a shop & pub. (Cheddleton Station (Churnet Valley Railway
) has a small buffet car on the station) and Kingsley and Froghall Station has a Tea Room
There are many places to stay in the moorlands
, in Cheddleton, Leek and some places along the Cauldon Lowe Line.
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The crossing is on a straight section of track on the climb to Cauldon Lowe. There is a stop board on both sides of the crossing so trains will usually stop to allow staff to open the crossing, proceed, stop again, close the crossing and then continue. On busy days, such as galas the crossing is manned and trains can run straight through. A conversation with the crossing keeper will confirm if this is the case.
Since trains will start and stop either side of the crossing they will only be travelling slowly 2 or 3 mph in the crossing area. But if they are continuing towards Cauldon Lowe then they will power away after the gates are closed as they continue the climb. Trains heading for Leekbrook will only apply slight power as it is very much downhill all the way.
General views - All photographs © Frank Junior Richards unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east
A working heading down the bank pauses just before the crossing.
Fig 2 - Looking north west
Passing slowly over the crossing heading towards Cauldon Lowe.
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