Stafford (STA)

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line)
Station code: STA
Opened: 1837
Platforms: 5
Stafford is a major interchange on the West Coast Main Line and is at the junction of the Trent Valley and Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford lines. The original Stafford station was opened by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837 but lasted less than 10 years being rebuilt in 1844.

There was a further rebuild in 1862 and exactly 100 years later the current station was built with its rather pleasing Brutalist architecture. There are 5 platforms though they are numbered up to 6, platform 2 no longer exists being a bay platform next to the station building (now used as a siding).

A Royal Mail platform still exists next to platform 6. Stafford is a busy station with regular Virgin Trains, London Midland and Cross Country services as well as freight.
Two Class 90s bring a freightliner train through the station

A convoy of Class 66s pass the pain station building

A Virgin Trains Pendolino approaches

A Class 70 passes a London Midland Class 350

A Class 325 at the former Royal Mail platform
Gatwick Express 387 223 heads through on a test run