South Staffordshire Railway
Walsall To Rugely (including The Cannock Chase Colliery Lines)
The line from Walsall to Rugeley was of primary importance for the coal traffic, and its passenger services never really developed a satisfactory level of traffic. Nonetheless, the line became of strategic importance as a diversionary route for main line expresses, as a result of bottlenecks at peak times and interruptions on the Trent Valley and Stour Valley routes. Consequently, a considerable variety of locomotives were to be seen on the line over the years, on both local and long distance passenger and goods workings. Because of this strategic importance as a diversionary route it was spared complete closure. All of the collieries in the area closed, but coal traffic continued to be of importance on the line, albeit serving the power station at Rugeley. With the introduction of ‘park and ride’ facilities at each of the stations, passenger returned. Coal is still conveyed to Rugeley power station although much of it is imported. The line also sees some long distance freight passing through.
|Titel:||South Staffordshire Railway|
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