Axiom Rail LTD ( ex-Marcroft Engineering ), Stoke-on-Trent

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Axiom Rail LTD ( ex-Marcroft Engineering ), Stoke-on-Trent

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:13 pm


Axiom Rail LTD
Whieldon Road


Kemball Avenue

Purchased by EWS on the 1st February 2006, the former Marcroft Engineering LTD works and later rebranded to Axiom Rail LTD, undertakes maintenance to wagons and bogies, aswell as the refurbishment of rolling stock. The works, in the Potteries since 1947, is clearly visible from the Stafford to Stoke line.

By Car - From the M6, leave at junction 15 and take the A500 towards Stoke-on-Trent. After about 1.5 miles, keep in the left hand lane, taking the exit for the A52 City Road. On the approach to the slip road, take the right hand lane, turning right at the traffic lights. Then turn 1st right again, as if heading back down the A500. On exiting the slip road, with the canal on your left, keep in the left hand lane ( Whieldon Road ) and proceed until you go over the canal. Turn 1st right, just after passing over the bridge and follow the road down to Marcroft works.

Alternatively, carry on past the entrance and after passing under the railway, take the 5th turning on your right ( Beech grove ). Then turn immediate left into Kemball Avenue. Park at the end of the road, and take the field, heading towards the top right hand corner. From the public footpath and footbridge which goes over the mainline, all of the yard can be seen from here.

By Rail - From Stoke station, it's quite a walk. However, a bus service takes to you Beech Grove, mentioned in the 2nd paragraph of the driving directions. By catching the number 23A on the opposite side of the road to the railway station, ask for Grove Road / Beech Grove. Upon alighting of the bus, follow the driving directions, mentioned in the 2nd paragraph above. Walking time - approx 10 mins.

Notes - Although the address for Axiom has been included, it is highly unlikely that you'll gain access. To save time, head straight for the 2nd address, to where you are virtually guaranteed to view the shunter.

Vantage Points - If you are travelling by train, the shunter could be tricky to view, although this obviously depends on whether it is blocked in by wagons. However, from using the public vantage point ( footbridge ), you are much higher up, giving you excellent views of the entire yard. A Stafford to Stoke service would suffuce, if using the train option. A return journey will cost approximately £5.70.

Photos - View of the yard from the footbridge.

Maps - Road.
Birds eye.
Ordnance survey.

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