THE Churnet Valley Railway has gained a key foothold in its bid to extend into Leek town centre by rebuilding the former ‘interchange’ station at Leek Brook Junction.
Using grants from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Peak Leader, which helps rural business and communities, the station has been built as an exact replica of the 19th century building formerly attached to Leek Brook signalbox, a Grade II listed building.
The station, to which there has never been public access, was officially opened on October 14 by Coun Sybil Ralphs, and a special train to Ipstones ran behind USATC S160 2-8-0 No. 5197.
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