71000 Leekbrook 13.11.10 by Paul Bettany Via Flickr: BR Pacific 71000 “THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER” brings up the rear of the delayed 11:10 Cauldon Lowe - Kingsley & Froghall over the A520 at Leekbrook on the 13th November 2010.
With local business men investing in disused railway lines, linking the Churnet Valley Railway and the national network at Stoke-on-Trent, the first phase of re-opening came to fruition on Saturday 13th November 2010 with the first passenger revenue trains over the Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Lowe section. Moorland & City Railways, the new name in North Staffordshire train operations, hired the Churnet Valley Railway, volunteers and stock to operate trains between the CVR’s Froghall & Kingsley station and the extent of the newly re-opened lines at Cauldon Lowe for three weekends in November 2010, beginning on 13th of the month. Also hired in were a number of carriage vehicles and steam locomotives 71000 “THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER”, 34028 “EDDYSTONE” and 44767 “GEORGE STEPHENSON” as well as diesel loco’s 33021 and 25059.
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