The Info List - Stone Railway Station

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Stone railway station
Stone railway station
serves the town of Stone, Staffordshire, England. The station is located on a junction of the Colwich to Manchester
spur of the West Coast Main Line, but has platforms only on the branch from Stafford to Stoke-on-Trent.


1 History 2 Recent developments 3 Services 4 Gallery 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] There have been two stations at Stone, and both were opened by the North Staffordshire
Railway.[2] The first opened on 17 April 1848,[2] and was next to the Newcastle Road bridge. With the opening of the Colwich line on 1 May 1849, the original station closed, being replaced the same day by the current station.[2] The station was renamed Stone Junction in January 1888, but reverted to the original name Stone at some point between 1923 and 1947.[2] The Colwich platforms were closed in 1947 and subsequently removed. The station building has been redeveloped by Stone Town Council [3] as a community centre. APTIS ticketing here ceased in 1993 when the station became unstaffed. Recent developments[edit] In 2004 rail services were withdrawn from the station and replaced by buses operated by BakerBus, initially whilst upgrade work was carried out on the Stafford and Colwich to Cheadle Hulme lines. However, the former Stafford to Stoke local service that formerly called here was never reinstated once the work was completed (the units used on it being redeployed in the West Midlands) and so the rail replacement service continued (the Trent Valley local service between Stafford and Coventry also suffered the same fate). Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
were reportedly going to reinstate Stone as a stop from June 2006 on the Birmingham to Manchester
service,[4] but this never materialised. However, in December 2008 Stone station reopened for an hourly train service between Crewe and London Euston
London Euston
as part of a new revamped West Coast main line timetable unveiled by the Department for Transport.[5] This service is operated by London Midland.[6] Passenger usage is now returning to reasonable levels (see figures right). Services[edit] Stone is currently served by the hourly semi-fast London Northwestern services between London Euston
London Euston
and Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. Trains operated by CrossCountry
do not currently call at Stone. The new West Midlands franchise specification plans will (when implemented in 2018) see the current Euston to Crewe trains replaced by a new Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Stoke - Crewe service that will stop here.[7] This was changed for a new London service via Birmingham due to opposition against losing a direct link to London.[8] Gallery[edit]

Looking south, with the line to Colwich to the left and Norton Bridge to the right

Plaque on the station facade

A CrossCountry
Class 220 unit heading north towards Stoke-on-Trent


^ Historic England, "Stone Railway Station (1297502)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 January 2017  ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 221. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.  ^ Stone Town Council website retrieved Feb 2017 ^ "Virgin & Stone" - UK Railway newsgroup discussion February 2006 ^ "All aboard first train in five years", The Sentinel, 12-15-2008. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 67 ^ "Rail Minister Paul Maynard announces a host of extra benefits and services for passengers in the West Midlands"Department for Transport Press release 30 August 2016; Retrieved 28 October 2016 ^ [1]

Further reading[edit]

Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2016). Rugeley to Stoke-on-Trent. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 41-42, 45-62. ISBN 9781908174901. OCLC 972169395. 

External links[edit]

Website of Potteries.org Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries Retrieved Feb 2017 = Has several old pictures, drawings and historical narrative

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stone railway station.

Train times and station information for Stone railway station
Stone railway station
from National Rail

Preceding station   National Rail   Following station


London Northwestern Railway London - Crewe


Historical railways

Barlaston and Tittensor Line and station open

North Staffordshire
Railway Stafford to Manchester

Norton Bridge Line open, station closed

North Staffordshire
Railway Stone to Colwich Line

Aston-by-Stone Line open, station closed,

v t e

Railway stations in Staffordshire
and Stoke-on-Trent


Chase Line

Cannock Hednesford Landywood Rugeley Town Rugeley Trent Valley

Crewe–Derby line

Blythe Bridge Kidsgrove Longport Longton Stoke-on-Trent Uttoxeter

Cross-City Line

Lichfield City Lichfield Trent Valley Shenstone

Cross Country Route

Burton-on-Trent Tamworth Wilnecote

Rugby–Birmingham–Stafford line

Penkridge Stafford

Stafford– Manchester

Barlaston Kidsgrove Longport Norton Bridge Stafford Stoke-on-Trent Stone Wedgwood

Trent Valley line
Trent Valley line

Lichfield Trent Valley Rugeley Trent Valley Stafford Tamworth

Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line

Bilbrook Brinsford Parkway (Proposed) Codsall


Chasewater Railway

Brownhills West Chasetown (Church Street) Chasewater Heaths Norton Lakeside Halt

Churnet Valley Railway

Cheddleton Consall Kingsley and Froghall

Foxfield Railway

Caverswall Road Dilhorne Park