John Speller's Web Pages Derby - Crewe Line

John Speller's Web Pages - North Staffordshire Railway

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Derby was the headquarters of the Midland Railway and the site of its locomotive works, while Crewe was the site of the London & North Western Railway's locomotive works. Yet the line running between these two great railway towns belonged to neither the Midland nor the North Western, but to the relatively small North Staffordshire Railway. The run between Derby and Crewe - a mere 51 miles - was in fact the longest run on the North Staffordshire, and in an 1899 interview in the Railway Magazine the General Manager, William Douglas Phillipps, joked that drivers on the North Stafford were afraid to drive too fast lest they should find that they had driven twenty of thirty miles onto someone else's line before they could stop. The line between Derby and Crewe came about piecemeal. The first section, from Stoke to Uttoxeter, opened on 7 August 1848. This was extended from Uttoxeter to Tutbury on 11 September 1848. This line formerly ran beyond Tutbury to Burton-on-Trent, but that section has now been abandoned. The final link between Egginton and the Midland Railway Birmingham to Derby line was opened on 13 July 1849, allowing through running to Derby Midland. There was also a link at Eggington with the Great Northern Railway, allowing running on that company's line to Derby Friary and Nottingham Victoria. The line from Stoke to Crewe opened on 9 October 1849. The part of this line between Stoke and Kidsgrove now forms part of the main line from Euston to Manchester via Stoke. The Derby - Crewe line passed to the LMS in 1923, and to British Railways in 1948. The service is currently operated by East Midlands Trains.
Map of the North Staffordshire Railway's Derby to Crewe line
Adams "New L" Class 0-6-2T No. 18 leaves Stoke with a Derby-Crewe train.
Alsager station. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
East Midlands Trains Derby-Crewe service behind Turbostar 170-111 at Longton. The Turbostar is built by the Canadian multi-national company Bombardier, whose British headquarters is in Derby. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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