A firm fixture on the Potteries Loop Line serving the town of Burslem , the Mother Town’s own platform was more than just a hop on and off affair.
Located on Moorland Road, adjacent to Burslem Park, it should have opened with the extension of the Potteries Loop Line from Hanley on November 1, 1873, but the Board of Trade inspector was not satisfied, so there was a delay of a month before opening.
Nonetheless, when the first carriage rolled in and opened its doors it changed the face of the town, linking ‘Boslem’ to the other five towns and widening the world to those who lived there, along with making getting to and from work a far easier, quicker affair.
Today, there are still many who recall the loop line and Burslem Station, such as Jayne Foster.
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“It was one of many stations on the old loop line,” she said. “I remember it starting at Etruria, going past Shelton Bar to the next station, which was Hanley, and then to Cobridge, then Burslem, Tunstall, Goldenhill, Pitshill and Newchapel, and then on to Kidsgrove before joining the main line to Congleton.”
The station closed in 1964 when the loop line closed, with most traces of the station having been removed.
Although the old stationmaster’s house, known as Station House, is still occupied on a site between the old line and Burslem Park on Moorland Road.
Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Nostalgia group member David Waters recalls the loop line well, and how for many it was a great way of getting around the Potteries.
He said: “When we were at Stanfield Tech, 100 yards further up Moorland Road, we could feel the vibrations when a train went through back in the 1950s.”
Today, the site of the station and its sidings now make up part of a greenway for walkers and cyclists running along part of the route of the old loop line, which has been landscaped.
Do you or your family have memories of Burslem Station on the Loop Line. or can you shed more light on its history? If so get in touch with Adam Gratton at The Way We Were, Sentinel House, Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3GN, call 01782 864255, or email firstname.lastname@example.org