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