© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
This new railway is located a little way to the east of
Stafford, at the “Amerton Farm and Craft Centre”.
The line is operated by the Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway
Society; currently an end-to-end layout, their objective is to
achieve a complete circuit of about 1 mile in length, through
pleasant countryside where sheep graze.
Taking pride of place on the line is "Isabel", a product of
Bagnall's of Stafford, works no. 1491 of 1897. The first time I
met Isabel, in 1974, she was on a plinth outside Stafford station.
Now lovingly restored, Isabel was in action on the occasion of my
There are other locomotives on the line - a bright yellow "Motor-
rail" Simplex, ex-Minworth sewage works. Behind the Simplex
can be seen the side tanks and frames of a huge ex-African
German-built 0-8-0T, which I was assured would (one day) be
able to run around the tightly curved track.
Inside the shed lurked another Bagnall - "Woto" (WB 2133/24),
just visiting on this occasion. A very successful Bagnall
"gathering" was held on the line a few years ago. Also in the shed
can be seen a green Ruston diesel.
The operators hope to have the circuit completed later this year
- "We'll be able to achieve the longest narrow-gauge trips in the
country" commented the day's driver.
What a great little railway setup this is - if you're ever out that
way, call in. If you're made as welcome as I was, you'll enjoy it
The Amerton Railway