Stoke-on-Trent (SOT)

Stoke-on-Trent is on the Stafford-Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line and is also the hub of a number of local branch lines.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: SOT
Opened: 1848
Platforms: 3
The station was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway in 1848 as Stoke station (sometimes referred to as Stoke Junction), the name changing to Stoke-on-Trent in 1910 when the county borough was created [1]. The original station building was also used by the North Staffordshire Railway as it's headquarters with the board room and directors on the first floor.

Much of the station is unchanged since opening apart from the obvious like signage though two centre roads (which had been mainly used for storing stock) have been lifted. This was done to make space for electrification masts.

Access between the platforms is via a subway. The station is nowadays managed by Virgin Trains and is served by them, Cross Country, London Northwestern, Northern and East Midlands Trains.
LNWR 350 377 arrives with a North bound service

Under the roof

EMT 153 381 arrives with a Crewe-Derby service

South end of overall roof

Station frontage

Northern 323 229 waits with a North bound service

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Derby to Stoke-on-Trent (Middleton Press, 2016) Fig. 68