As might be expected the first few weeks of September were a little less rushed,
Trustee Dave Donkin attending to a few minor adjustments to the fittings. We have
been delighted by the response of both the Foxfield Society and visitors alike to
No127, indeed it still takes me by surprise each time I walk into the Museum.
The grab handle castings have now arrived at Caverswall Road ready for polishing
and fitting. A great deal research has gone into the design, the key however was
a detailed drawing produced in 1930 of a 1890's NSR coach then still in use on the
Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway. As with everything that we have done to date
we aspire to the highest possible standard of accuracy.
The same principles of research and accuracy have been applied to the design of the
oil vents, a very prominent external feature. A full detailed set of drawings have
been produced to enable the manufacture of a prototype to proceed.
Work has now started on the PRISM funded restoration of NSR 61 at Stanegate Restorations.
As with No127 we are confident that the finshed result will be superb - it is incredible
to think that both our "Knotty" coaches will be restored this year. The first steps
have been to strengthen the body structure and rebuilding of the doors is in progress.
The coach will be restored in NSR Victoria Brown livery.