Railway and Canals in the Churnet Valley


This book is about transport, past and present, in Staffordshire’s picturesque Churnet Valley. It focuses on Consall, which was once located in such a remote part of the valley that it was only accessible on foot, by canal or by railway. Many years ago it was a hive of industry but nowadays the canal and the preserved Churnet Valley Railway are used entirely for pleasure. A focal point in the vicinity of the present day Consall station is the Black Lion public house which for many years could only get its beer delivered by train! All three authors - The Knotty Ramblers - are members of the North Staffordshire Railway Study Group. In the Churnet Valley, the NSR - known as "The Knotty" - owned both the canal and the railway and so, in the past, it was extremely important to Consall and other communities in the valley.The location, once almost inaccessible to the general public, has become a focal meeting place on the restored Caldon Canal and a preserved part of the former North Staffordshire Railway Churnet Valley Line. 

128 pages with 143 illustrations including maps – many in colour