With the prospect of two restored coaches to house shortly the Trust have been giving
a great deal of thought as how best to provide covered accommodation. No. 127 is
of course on display in the museum, the Foxfield Railway has agreed provide cover
for 61 when it returns as a temporary measure.
Agreement has been reached for the Trust to finish the partially constructed shed
at Foxfield. This will initially provide covered accommodation for both No. 61 &
127 along with our third, yet to be announced coach restoration project. In the medium
term we will require more cover for the two Midlands + perhaps two more projects
and there are ideas as to how this can be achieved.
3D images have been created to present a design that has features of the old colliery
shed represented along with a brick structure in keeping with the colliery environment.
As with all things related to the "Knotty Trust" progress has been rapid over the
last few months, to the extent that the designs are now at a stage where approval
to building regs standards can be achieved with relative ease.
Thoughts are turning to 2014 when the Trust will co-organise a Victorian Weekend
to celebrate the return to service of both coaches. We envisage the creation of period
NSR uniforms, Victorian locos suitably attired for a "grand event" and Victorian
en actors. If you would like to take part please contact me for more information.