Staffordshire

Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Stafford. Part of the National Forest lies within its borders. It adjoins the ceremonial counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

The major city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent. Lichfield is also a city but is considerably smaller. Major towns include Burton-upon-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Stafford itself.

Staffordshire is divided into a number of districts. These are Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth. Stoke-on-Trent is administered as a separate unitary authority.

History

Main article History of Staffordshire.

The historic county of Staffordshire included Wolverhampton, Walsall, and West Bromwich, these were removed in 1974 to the new county of West Midlands. The resulting administrative area of Staffordshire has a narrow southwards protrusion that runs west of West Midlands to the border of Worcestershire. Further, Stoke-on-Trent was removed in the 1990s to form a unitary authority, but is still considered part of Staffordshire for ceremonial and geographical purposes.

Historically, Staffordshire was divided into the five hundreds of Cuttlestone, Offlow, Pirehill, Seisdon and Totmonslow.

Dogs

A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. Later, a fighting dog was created called the Staffordshire pit bull. They are known affectionately as "Staffies".

Railways

Due to Wedgewood's pottery being moved increasingly by road transport, and both the decline in mining, qarrying and farming in general, several once-busy stations were shut down. Staffordshire's railways were reduced by the Beeching report in the 1960s, and several stations, like Uttoxeter and Norton Bridge, only narrowly missed closure. Both Stone, Barlaston and Titensor, Wedgewood and Norton Bridge all closed in 2003, but may re-open due to heavy local campaigning around the town of Stone. Eturia, Longport and Kidsgrove closed in 2005, but only services to Eturia had any popular support.

  • Coald meace works - Closed by 1900.
  • Alton (Alton towers) - Closed by 1970. It may be reopened by the Alton Towers amusment park.
  • Great Bridgeford, Whitmore and Standon moor - Both freight-only by 1955 and closed by 1970.
  • Littelton colliery and Hume end - Closed by 1946.
  • Madeley - Freight-only by 1955 and closed by 2000.
  • Oakmoor - Freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. It may be reopened by the preservationists that now run Consall and some nearby stations on that line.
  • Consall - Closed by 1970, but was saved by a local steam preservation movement.
  • Leek, Chedale, Trentham guardens and Brownhills - All went freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000.
  • Caldon Lowe - Station closed by 1946. A quarry-worker's halt was opened by 1970, but – like the quarry itself – closed by 2000.
  • Trentham colliery - Closed by 2000.
  • Florence colliery - Opened by 1970 and closed by 2000.
  • Stafford common- The station had closed by 1946 and the goods department closed by 2000.
  • Kingsley and Frognal goods depot - Closed by 1970.

The collieries handle mostly freight along with a few workers trains. Stoke-on-Trent's goods yard had closed by 2000 due to increased competition from road haulage.

Note: at both Brownhills, Oakmoor, Chedale, Caldon Lowe and Whitmore the lines are over-grown and/or the stations neglected; but they may re-open for freight trains or for use by railway enthusiasts.

References

Ian alan books - British railways atlas 1947, Complete atlas of railway station names (U.K., 2002 edition), Rail Atlas 1970, British railway atlas 1955. A few recent newspaper articles.

Geography

In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. In the middle regions the surface is low and undulating. Throughout the entire county there are vast and important coal fields. In the southern part there are also rich iron ore deposits. The largest river is the Trent. The soil is chiefly clay and agriculture was not highly developed until the mechanisation of farms.

Towns and villages

See the list of places in Staffordshire and the List of civil parishes in Staffordshire

Places of interest

  • Alton Towers
  • Lichfield Cathedral [1]
  • Shugborough Hall [2]
  • Blithfield Hall
  • Dovecliff Hall
  • Festival Park
  • Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne
  • Madeley Old Hall
  • Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone,_Staffordshire
  • Sandon Hall
  • Whitmore Hall
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Eccleshall Castle
  • Mow Cop Castle
  • Stafford Castle
  • Tamworth Castle
  • Tutbury Castle
  • Croxden Abbey
  • Broad Eye Windmill, Stafford
  • Cheddleton Flint Mill, watermill
  • Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek
  • Izaak Walton Cottage Museum
  • Weston Park
  • Cannock Chase
  • Hazel Slade Reserve
  • RSPB Coombes Valley
  • National Memorial Arboretum [3]
  • Trentham Gardens
  • Rudyard Lake
  • Tittesworth Reservoir [4]
  • Chasewater [5]
  • River Trent
  • River Blythe
  • River Churnet
  • Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Coventry Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel
  • Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway
  • Churnet Valley Railway [6]
  • Long distance footpaths: Heart of England Way, Staffordshire Way

Local Groups

  • West Midland Bird Club
  • Lichfield Cricket Club
  • Tipton Harriers

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See the list of places in Staffordshire and the List of civil parishes in Staffordshire. An assembly plant is located in the Philippines and Germany is the home of "Tamiya Europe's" operations. The soil is chiefly clay and agriculture was not highly developed until the mechanisation of farms. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. The largest river is the Trent. Tamiya has several large regional divisions, notably in the Aliso Viejo, California home of "Tamiya USA," the North, Central and South American branch responsible for many of the company's racing developments. In the southern part there are also rich iron ore deposits. The Leopard A4 and Flakpanzer Gepard are no longer produced; updated versions of the others have some technical and cosmetic innovations over the original models.

Throughout the entire county there are vast and important coal fields. Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. In the middle regions the surface is low and undulating. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. A few recent newspaper articles. The truck range also includes some trailers:.

Ian alan books - British railways atlas 1947, Complete atlas of railway station names (U.K., 2002 edition), Rail Atlas 1970, British railway atlas 1955. The current truck range are the following rigs:. Note: at both Brownhills, Oakmoor, Chedale, Caldon Lowe and Whitmore the lines are over-grown and/or the stations neglected; but they may re-open for freight trains or for use by railway enthusiasts. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . Stoke-on-Trent's goods yard had closed by 2000 due to increased competition from road haulage. Compared to the Scale 1/16 Wedico trucks, the 1/14 rigs are better copy's of the real rigs, as Tamiya uses ABS body shells instead of the alloy and sheet metal Wedico uses. The collieries handle mostly freight along with a few workers trains. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits.

Eturia, Longport and Kidsgrove closed in 2005, but only services to Eturia had any popular support. . Both Stone, Barlaston and Titensor, Wedgewood and Norton Bridge all closed in 2003, but may re-open due to heavy local campaigning around the town of Stone. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. Staffordshire's railways were reduced by the Beeching report in the 1960s, and several stations, like Uttoxeter and Norton Bridge, only narrowly missed closure. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. Due to Wedgewood's pottery being moved increasingly by road transport, and both the decline in mining, qarrying and farming in general, several once-busy stations were shut down. Tamiya Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, battery- and solar-powered educational models, sailboat models, acrylic model paints, and various modelling tools and supplies.

They are known affectionately as "Staffies". Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. Later, a fighting dog was created called the Staffordshire pit bull. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. Historically, Staffordshire was divided into the five hundreds of Cuttlestone, Offlow, Pirehill, Seisdon and Totmonslow. The "Military Miniatures" (MM) series of military vehicle scale models, which established 1/35 scale as the worldwide standard for the military vehicle genre.

Further, Stoke-on-Trent was removed in the 1990s to form a unitary authority, but is still considered part of Staffordshire for ceremonial and geographical purposes. The Mini 4WD and Dangun-Racer series, which are small (1/32nd scale), single-motor, free-operating electric models designed to run in competition on a special, deeply channeled track. The resulting administrative area of Staffordshire has a narrow southwards protrusion that runs west of West Midlands to the border of Worcestershire. Leopard 2A6. The historic county of Staffordshire included Wolverhampton, Walsall, and West Bromwich, these were removed in 1974 to the new county of West Midlands. M26 Pershing. Main article History of Staffordshire.. Tiger I Early Production.

. German Tiger II - Porsche Turret. Stoke-on-Trent is administered as a separate unitary authority. German Tiger II, Production Turret. These are Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth. Flakpanzer Gepard. Staffordshire is divided into a number of districts. Leopard A4.

Major towns include Burton-upon-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Stafford itself. M4 Sherman 105mm. Lichfield is also a city but is considerably smaller. Pole trailer (wood/tree transport). The major city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent. Tank trailer (liquid transport). It adjoins the ceremonial counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Box trailer.

Part of the National Forest lies within its borders. Flatbed trailer. The county town is Stafford. this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition. Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. Knight Hauler. Tipton Harriers. Ford Aeromax.

Lichfield Cricket Club. Volvo FH12 globetrotter. West Midland Bird Club. Mercedes 1850L. Long distance footpaths: Heart of England Way, Staffordshire Way. Mercedes 1838LS. Churnet Valley Railway [6]. Globeliner.

Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway. King Hauler. Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released. Shropshire Union Canal. The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. Coventry Canal. The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title.

Caldon Canal. The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title. Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's. River Churnet. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. River Blythe. Released in 1985, it had a working three-speed transmission which could be shifted via radio control, a high-torque RS-750SH motor and ultra-realistic Toyota Hilux body with camper shell and interior detail.

River Trent. The Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. Chasewater [5]. Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs. Tittesworth Reservoir [4]. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Rudyard Lake. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series.

Trentham Gardens. This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. National Memorial Arboretum [3]. The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. RSPB Coombes Valley. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models. Hazel Slade Reserve. The Clodbuster 1/10th scale radio-controlled monster truck released in 1987 as the first Tamiya R/C monster truck with two drive motors, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.

Cannock Chase. The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in 1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth. Weston Park. The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first radio controlled cars to feature a proper off-road suspension. Izaak Walton Cottage Museum. Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek.

Cheddleton Flint Mill, watermill. Broad Eye Windmill, Stafford. Croxden Abbey. Tutbury Castle.

Tamworth Castle. Stafford Castle. Mow Cop Castle. Eccleshall Castle.

Biddulph Grange. Whitmore Hall. Sandon Hall. Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone,_Staffordshire.

Madeley Old Hall. Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne. Festival Park. Dovecliff Hall.

Blithfield Hall. Shugborough Hall [2]. Lichfield Cathedral [1]. Alton Towers.

Kingsley and Frognal goods depot - Closed by 1970. Stafford common- The station had closed by 1946 and the goods department closed by 2000. Florence colliery - Opened by 1970 and closed by 2000. Trentham colliery - Closed by 2000.

A quarry-worker's halt was opened by 1970, but – like the quarry itself – closed by 2000. Caldon Lowe - Station closed by 1946. Leek, Chedale, Trentham guardens and Brownhills - All went freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. Consall - Closed by 1970, but was saved by a local steam preservation movement.

It may be reopened by the preservationists that now run Consall and some nearby stations on that line. Oakmoor - Freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. Madeley - Freight-only by 1955 and closed by 2000. Littelton colliery and Hume end - Closed by 1946.

Great Bridgeford, Whitmore and Standon moor - Both freight-only by 1955 and closed by 1970. It may be reopened by the Alton Towers amusment park. Alton (Alton towers) - Closed by 1970. Coald meace works - Closed by 1900.

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