Stafford (STA)

Stafford is a major interchange station on the West Coast Main Line and is at the junction of the Trent Valley and Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford branches of the WCML.
86 639 leads a Freightliner train through Stafford

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line)
Station code: STA
Opened: 1837
Platforms: 5

The original Stafford station was opened by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837 but lasted less than ten years before being rebuilt in 1844. There was a further rebuild in 1862 and exactly one hundred years later the current station was built with in the current Brutalist architecture style, this rebuild removed the overall roof with shelter from the elements now rather limited. There are five platforms though they are numbered up to six, platform two no longer exists being a bay platform next to the station building (which used to be used by GNR trains for Uttoxeter [1]) is now used as a siding.

A Royal Mail platform still exists next to platform six which used to be used by the adjacent sorting office though this is no longer in use. Stafford used to have a large locomotive depot but this closed in 1965 [2].

Stafford is a busy station with regular Avanti West Coast (who manage the station), London North Western and Cross Country services as well as freight passing through.
LM 350 377 on Platform 1, the main station building can be seen behind

86 259 leads a railtour through the station

View down the platform, in the background is a covered footbridge between platforms

A track machine waits at Stafford

325 016 at the former Royal Mail platform

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Derby to Stoke-on-Trent (Middleton Press, 2016) Fig. 94
[2] Ibid. Fig. 96