The North Staffordshire Railway
- The North Staffordshire Railway
- Nicknamed the Knotty because of its emblem; immortalised by the Potteries Loop; renowned for its enterprise in switching carriage lighting from oil to electric, spurning gas, the North Staffordshire Railway abounded in character.
- Its average passenger fare was no more than sixpence, yet it made good profits paying, mainly in the final years, an admirable 5 per cent. Although it was the life-blood of one of Britain's most industrialised areas, it also served a delightful rural hinterland. besides its own system, including two lines of other railways, its running powers extended over 300 miles of other railways and North Staffordshire engines were regularly seen at places as far afield as Llandudno, Manchester, Birmingham, Rugby, Nottingham and Wellingborough.
- Once, it is recorded, the company lost a wedding cake, collected from a station by an imposter, or was it a jealous lover? Certainly the Knotty had its own lovers: bigger companies like the London & North Western, the Midland, the Great Northern and the Great Central: but while it often flirted, it resisted marriage and remained independent until grouped into the LMS in 1923. This history, which sets the railway against its industrial and economic background, is based on original research and is bought up to the present day (1971) when the system forms an important part of the electrified main line from London to Manchester.
- 333 pages, 1971, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715351214
- ISBN-13 9780715351215
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