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Several members of The Foxfield Railway took part in a photoshoot on Sunday 7th May 2017, in preparation for the publication later in the year of a children’s book “Bel and the Kittens”.  

The story concerns two local children, ten-year-old twins Sam and Samantha, and their adventures on The Foxfield railway where they meet, amongst other friends, a magical owl called Ee’boo in Wimberry Wood, and Zurfass, a mine-pixie (“knocker” in Staffordshire folklore) from Foxfield colliery.

The children also befriend Barnabas Pyke who is the driver of “Bel” which is of course the famous steam locomotive “Bellerophon” an old favourite on the Foxfield Railway. And the Kittens? Well, you’ll have to read the book when it comes out to find out who they are!

In the accompanying photographs, Sam and Samantha are played by Sebastian and Maisie (Amanda Andrews Agency), two children who in real life live beside the Foxfield Railway and are regular visitors.  Barnabas Pyke is played by Foxfield’s very own Geoff Walker. Ee’boo is played by Chocolate, a Eurasian Eagle Owl from Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital courtesy of Ian Daniells.

 

Knotty Running Days in 2017

July 2, 14, 15, 16 *  August 6, 23 * September 3, 23, 24

© 2017 The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust. Registered Charity No 1127895

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It is hoped that proceeds from the book will help fund developments at The Foxfield Railway and the Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital.  A film based on the characters will hopefully be produced next year, funding having been agreed in principle.  

Themed educational events at Foxfield for local schools are also in the process of being finalised, encompassing railway/industrial heritage and wildlife/conservation.

If anyone has a Co-op loyalty card, they are probably familiar with the Co-op Communities Fund in which the Co-op gives 1% of everything members spend to certain chosen charities.  

Until the end of June, the Knotty Coach Trust's Accessible Brake Coach is one of those chosen causes and if members go to:         https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/10673/   they can choose us as the cause they would like their 1% to go to.  It literally only takes a few seconds, and it won't cost them a penny.  1% may not sound much, but with enough people doing it, it can raise thousands.

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BEL AND THE KITTENS