Jack drifts down towards Leadhills station © 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 visit. 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 thoroughly. Link: The Amerton Railway Amerton - shed yard and Simplex Isabel Isabel on the plinth, Stafford, June 1974 Isabel and train leaving Amerton Station Isabel and train, out in the sticks Woto in the shed, Amerton