“Bel and the Kittens” is the first in a new series of Foxfield Railway stories for
children to be published in time for Christmas. The story tells of the adventures
on the railway of two children from Dilhorne, of the engine driver Mr Barnabas Pyke
and the magical owl Ee’boo. Proceeds will help fund the restoration of further Knotty
coaches and help run Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital.
The book is written by Richmond Warner and beautifully illustrated by Sarah-Leigh
Travelling on the 4.00pm departure of the Knotty Heritage Train at Foxfield on September
3rd was Arnold Bennett himself, played by Ray Johnson, who, with Virginia Meir, read
excerpts from his stories and plays, courtesy of the Arnold Bennett Society.
As part of the celebration of 150 years since Arnold Bennett's birth, all passengers
on the 4.00pm train were given replica NSR tickets for "Knype" (Stoke), and Caverswall
Road station was renamed "Bursley" (Burslem)!
Bel and the Kittens to be Published 20th November
September 3rd Arnold Bennett Readings
On July 28th Knotty Coach Trust supporters visited the workshops of Stanegate Restorations
of Haltwhistle where the Knotty coach bodies are restored. It was a great day out
and many thanks to Sara and Dave for their hospitality. Below are photos of the
party (courtesy of Mark Smith). As our esteemed chairman Ron Whalley is obscured
from the main photo we have added a separate one of him, just in case anyone can’t
remember what he looks like, (unlikely!) The coach in the background is NSR 1st class
coach No. 228, presently awaiting restoration.
Visit to Stanegate Workshops
Passengers were encouraged to wear period clothing, (and there was some to borrow). Arnold
Bennett was the Potteries’ very own literary genius, the great chronicler of life
as it was in the “five towns” (actually there are six…..) in Victorian and Edwardian