The North Staffordshire Railway Co. (1978) LTD. (NSRC) Registered Charity No. 514172
The support organisation of the Churnet Valley Railway project.

February 1st & 2nd 2020
Super Power Take 2

The weekend saw three of the iconic S160 class locomotives working together, a combination probably not seen in the UK since the 1940s. Our two resident S160s were joined by 2253 Omaha from the Dartmouth Steam Railway courtesy of Peter Best. The two day event was in aid of the project "Reconnect Leek" to return trains to Leek.

The American locomotives started arriving in the UK in 1942 and some of the London Midland and Scottish Railway allocation were based on Crewe South Shed. They worked trains to Willesden and London from Crewe and North. Perhaps they worked Manchester to Derby freight trains through the Churnet Valley.

Photo: Dave Gibson Photography

Reinstatement of Leek Brook Railway Station
Having successfully been awarded grants from Staffs Moorlands Council and Peak LEADER the NSRC have now rebuilt Leek Brook Station. It has been built as an exact replica of the 19th century building formerly attached to Leek Brook Signal Box, a Grade II listed building as shown above. It was officially opened on 14th October 2018.

Join the NSRC

Help keep the Churnet Valley Railway
running by becoming a member of the
North Staffordshire Railway Company
(1978) LTD.

Download an application form here or fill in our online membership form which can also be used by existing members to renew their membership.

NSRC Membership

The NSRC publishes the magazine, "The Knotty", the official journal of the Churnet Valley Railway, which is free to members and contains news from the railway and historical features, both about the present day Churnet Valley Railway and about the original "North Staffordshire Railway Company" (the "Owd Knotty").

Other benefits include discounts on various CVR goods and travel. The NSRC also provides volunteer support to the Churnet Valley Railway; it is CVR company policy that all volunteers working on the railway should be NSRC members.

NSRC's other functions include acting as a conduit for grant aid applications (these being helped by NSRC's Charitable Company status), coordination of the "Museum" aspects of the Railway and organisation of social and fundraising events such as slide show evenings, social events and raffles.


History of the Churnet Valley Line

1849 to the present day...


CVR Website


Repairs are complete following the recent flood damage and in time for our ever popular
Santa & Steam.

However we are still seeking assistance by way of financial support to cover the cost of the flood repairs near Consall Station. Whilst the practical support has been fantastic, we now though need help from everyone who supports the CVR. Such repairs are a costly exercise, and we need to pay for these ourselves. If we don't find the funds now, we will be forced to find it from elsewhere meaning we will start the 2020 season on the back foot - in a year that is planned to be dedicated to the recently announced "Reconnect Leek" project that will see us return trains to Leek for the first time since 1970. Therefore, we have set up an appeal to accept funds for the repairs. Anyone wishing to make donations can do here:-

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Photo: Facebook

This years raffle was drawn at the NSRC AGM on 2nd November 2019 with proceeds going to improve
Kingsley & Froghall Station Platform 1

The winners were:-

1st prize £200
A Walker Ticket no 8475

2nd prize Family Santa Ticket
M Straughan Ticket no 1873

3rd prize 12 Months Family Membership
J Girling Ticket no 1516

thank you to all those who contributed


Out now!
Free to members or on sale at
Kingsley & Froghall Souvenir Shop

CVR Webcams

See what's happening on the Churnet Valley Railway now through our ever popular static webcams...

Photo Dave Gibson Photography

Reconnect Leek - Phase One

On Friday October 11th the Churnet Valley Railway ran its first train along a new 201 metre (659ft) length of track north from Leek Brook Junction towards Leek.

The £40,000 stretch of railway line is the first step to bring trains back to the Leek 54 years after the last passenger service departed from the town, is "Phase One' of the 'Reconnect Leek' scheme.

The £1m scheme is hoped to be completed in the next two years - and paid for by a combination of grant funding, share issue, community activity and special events, some of which will see the new track showcased to the public.

Railway enthusiasts, volunteers, representatives and journalists took the first passenger train from Cheddleton Railway Station along the new stretch of track - with five detonators placed on the line announcing the moment the journey crossed onto the new line.

Sybil Ralphs, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, was there to wave the first train off down the new stretch of track - and said the scheme would benefit the whole of the Moorlands.

The 201 metres of track, which were laid by 30-strong team of volunteers from the Permanent Way Institution, was funded by £21,000 from the Churnet Valley Railway and another £19,000 granted by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

If you wish to donate to this project and are a tax payer, for all donations made via the The North Staffordshire Railway Co (1978) Ltd we are able to reclaim 28p for every pound that you donate through Gift Aid. click here.

Dedicated Website Reconnectleek



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