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Report - Oakamoor Sidings, Staffs. July '11

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    Visited with ex0, Tweek and fishbrain

    The day started with my alarm dragging me back in to a hazy state of consciousness. Right; I'm on a sofa bed in Stafford, with my head screaming from a stonking hangover. Great!

    I'd headed down to Stafford the night before after a shit day in work and receiving some intel on sites in the Stafford area from DHL. After getting home from work I was packed and out the door in less than 45 minutes, heading to Lime Street station in Liverpool to catch the train to Stafford. An hour later I disembarked from the Virgin Pendelino and met up with a good friend. I won't bore you with the details, but sufficed to say, a bottle of Morgan's Spiced was sunk that with me drinking the majority!

    Fast forward seven hours and I'm waking up and getting ready to meet ex0 off the train at half ten. Walking past St. George's asylum I noticed they'd upped the amount of razor wire and patched the chain link fence and a load of signs warning guard dogs patrol the site. I made a mental note to get back there soon, guard dogs or no!

    After meeting up with ex0 at the station, we mooched around marvelling at Virgin trains powering gracefully, seemingly effortlessly through to destinations unknown. At the appointed time we went outside and waited to meet fishbrain and tweek. Unsure of who we was looking for ex0 and I just waited to be approached. Approached we were, introductions where made and we started planning our moves based on DHL's intel. Right, where's the closest site??? Stoke. Damn! Ah well, off we go to Stoke then!

    After many wrong turns in Stoke city centre and many jokes about Stoke being a shit hole, we found our way to J H Weatherby's Falcon Works Pottery. We scoped the perimeter, they'd done a reasonable job of securing the building. Scratch that off the list. Where is the next closest site then? Chatterley Whitfield it is?

    I'd given Hidden Shadow's brilliant report a glance previously, but that's all it was, a glance. Approaching the site I didn't remember seeing the report, it was all new. But that's where I'll leave that part of the day, sufficed to say, it didn't disappoint but this isn't a Chatterley Whitfield report, as you can see from the title, this is the Oakamoor Train Graveyard.

    After leaving Chatterley Whitfield we all had the hunger; the hunger for grilled cow, the hunger for potato immersed in boiling lipids, the hunger for caffeine infused carbonated beverages, some of us for banana flavoured ice and lacate based drinks. There was only one for it. McDONALD'S! Into Google Maps it went and we were off to refuel! One heap of junk food later, the physical effects of my hang over where gone and we were plotting our course to Oakamoor, in search of the train grave yard.

    Coming in to the village past the church all four of us had the same thought, This is a local village!


    After amazingly managing to make a wrong turn in such a small back water village, we found our way and followed our road on Google Maps. The road was cleverly concealed behind a 6 foot gate with a house on the other side, damn. We headed back to the car park I'd spotted on our short trip to the gate, parked up and set off yomping.

    After a short trip through a forest, we eventually caught sight of a brick building through the trees. We headed over to start our explore of Oakamoor Train Graveyard.


    The following history is taken from the excellent history page on the Churnet Valley Railway website

    Oakamoor sidings where originally part of The North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) which was formed by an act of Parliament in 1846, the line opened on the 13th July 1849. The line was 27 ¾ miles, a double track stretching from North Rode, near Macclesfield, to Uttoxeter in the south. The line was mixed goods and passenger traffic, although initial passenger services only ran four times a day.

    Map of Oakmoor sidings in 1881

    In 1923 NSR became part of London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), then in 1948 became part of British Rail.

    1955 map of Oakamoor

    Oakmoor in the late 70s - early 80s

    Current map of Oakamoor


    The only time I can ever imagine being comfortable in this position!

    Looking back along the branch towards the former sand wagon filling area

    It's actually daft how excited I was laying eye on this for the first time

    This car is a bit of an oddity, it doesn't appear to have any driving gear yet has a set of controls at one end

    The offending(!) controls

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    There is plenty of different types of rolling stock







    Looking back towards the end of the track

    And some very nice touches left in the carriages.




    Evidence of theft?

    Evidence of Vandalism



    Our parting view

    On the way back to the car we went to check out the waterfall next to the bridge, so I thought I'd share those photos with you.





    Thank for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
    More photos on my Flickr

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