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© 2019 The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust. Registered Charity No 1127895



 

SPECIAL EVENT TO OPEN

THE 2019 SEASON !!!

THE EXTENDED THREE-COACH KNOTTY HERITAGE TRAIN

RAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PUBLIC SERVICE AT FOXFIELD OVER

THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF 4, 5 & 6 MAY 2019

AS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR SPECIAL VICTORIAN WEEKEND

 

This was the first opportunity to travel in newly restored NSR brake 3rd No 23.   This vehicle is known as the “Accessible Brake Coach” because part of the guard’s section has been adapted to carry two wheelchair users and their companions.

Saturday 4th May - Enthusiast’s Day

 

The Knotty Heritage Train ran an hourly service.   Ex-Sheldon Bar Crane Tank “Dübs” was in steam providing demonstrations around the station yard.   NSR New L Class 0-6-2T no 2/72 and Haydock 0-6-0WT Bellerophon of 1874 was on static display for inspection in addition to the usual museum exhibits.   Bookstall and railway modelling stalls were invited.   In the marquee in the afternoon there was a series of talks/lectures with a local heritage railway theme (free admission) given by local heritage experts.   Also of interest to enthusiasts was our newly refurbished licensed bar.   Of course Glenn & Carol’s famous cooked breakfasts were served in the upgraded cafeteria.

A completely new innovation, courtesy of Sue Moffat and her Borderlines Theatre Company were “Interactive Heritage Drama”.   Sounds intimidating but it’s great fun.   Children, their parents & grandparents can dress up and act out roles as a Victorian Engine Driver (or whatever) under the guidance of professional actors in a real railway carriage.   We fully expect to discover a new Benedict Cumberbatch or Olivia Colman.

[ Photo: R Warren]

[ Photo: M Smith]

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Sunday 5th May &

Monday 6th May

- Family Days

 

The Knotty Heritage Train ran an hourly service.   Always a favourite with our younger visitors, the miniature railway will be in operation.   In the marquee there was screenings of the New Vic Theatre’s 2008 production of the documentary-musical “The Knotty” (courtesy of the Staffordshire Film Archive) telling the story of the North Staffordshire railway.   

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There was Grace the Shire Horse and her little friends the Shetland Ponies.   There was a brass band (Sunday) and on Monday there was a demonstration of birds of prey (courtesy of Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital).  

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The Knotty Heritage Train with some of our Foxfield friends.

 

The Countess of Chell alights the Knotty Heritage Train

Grace the Shire Horse with chums Mark & Katy

Our famous Victorian operating staff

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Launch of NSR Brake 3rd No 23 - See the Stoke Sentinel report and video here!