Over the weekend of 26-28 June the Knotty Heritage Train (Haydock Foundry 0-6-0 WT
Bellerophon; NSR coaches 61 & 127; replica NSR brake van) ran on the picturesque
Churnet Valley Line, the highlight of
CVR’s “Anything Goes” summer gala. This was the first time Knotty coaches had carried
paying passengers on a genuine NSR line in almost a century! A truly historic event.
Not 1915 but 2015! The Knotty Heritage Train at Leek Brook
Blessed as it was by perfect weather, the gala was extremely well attended and the
trains packed. In addition to the public services on the Saturday and Sunday, private
charters were run on the Friday for various groups including the Biddulph Historical
Society and a local ex BR drivers and firemen society. Attendants in Victorian dress
were on hand to advise and answer questions about the Knotty Heritage Train and our
future plans. Importantly, the event was also a great financial success and £2,200
clear profit was made for Project 228 and the Knotty Coach Trust.Gala organiser Jon
Kerr said: “This is the first gala I have organised and it went better than I could
have imagined – I very much hope the Knotty coaches will return to CVR next year
and negotiations are already underway for an extended visit in 2016 – many thanks
to all involved for their hard work”.
The Knotty Heritage Train at Cheddleton [Dave Gibson]
Knotty Coach Trust chairman Ron Whalley said “This was a wonderful weekend and entirely
justifies the decision which a small group of us at Foxfield made in 2008 to form
the Knotty Coach Trust to fully restore these coaches. I have no doubt that over
the next year or two we will be equally successful in restoring 1st class coach
no 228 and the Accessible Brake Coach”.
NSRC chairman Peter Green said: “I can’t wait to see 1stclass Knotty coach no 228
restored and running in the Knotty Heritage Train with its magnificent first class
upholstery, blue leather and moquette… …I oversee the Project 228 bank account and
with this gala and the CVR raffle takings last year (plus other donations) we have
raised more than £5,000 already towards the restoration of our 1st
class Knotty coach – a tremendous achievement in less than 12 months”.
STOP PRESS II: HLF GRANT APPLICATION SUBMITTED
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant application for the Accessible Brake Coach was submitted
this week having been approved by the Heritage Railway Association. HRA have also
formally written a letter of support. We should have a decision within eight weeks.
So if successful we can start the rebuild in September. Fingers crossed!
RESTORATION DEMONSTRATION PIECES DELIVERED FROM STANEGATE
As part of our fundraising efforts to restore 1st class coach no 228 and the Accessible
Brake Coach (ABC) demonstration pieces have been made for public display at Foxfield
and CVR (with donation boxes situated very close by!). They were delivered in time
for the recent CVR gala where they were on show at the Knotty Coach Trust stall.