With the spring bulbs in bloom, the Knotty Heritage Train waits at Caverswall Rd
station to take 60 schoolchildren from Longton Primary Academy on a Victorian train
ride. Volunteers in Victorian costume were on hand to explain the workings of a
steam locomotive and the history of the Foxfield Railway. The children were also
given a demonstration by Ian Daniells of the Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital of some
of the wildlife to be found along the railway. The children were able to stroke
Shimba, a 14 year old Barn Owl and Chocolate, an 8 year old Eagle Owl and also meet
Imana, a buzzard, like those to be seen circling above the Foxfield Railway on any
Perhaps best of all - the children were treated to burger and chips in the canteen!
[ Photo: Mark Smith]
[ Photo: Mark Smith]
Teacher Louise Garner said, "On behalf of the Gladstone Academy & children I just
wanted to express our gratitude to you & all of the volunteers. Everybody had a super
day! I think the staff enjoyed it as much as the pupils & everybody was really impressed
& grateful for the effort which had been made to welcome us. The costumes looked
great too!!! We constantly seek to broaden [our pupils] experience. To see the
delight in their faces was lovely & we get to know our pupils better when we're away
from the pressures of school".
The Knotty Coach Trust and Gladstone Primary Academy are grateful to the Heritage
Lottery Fund for helping fund the educational event as part of the Accessible Brake
A contract has been signed by the Knotty Coach Trust with Geospark Ltd to produce
a "Knotty" smartphone app. Visitors to the Foxfield Railway will soon be able to
download the app free of charge via wireless, 3G or 4G. The app will contain information
about the railway, rolling stock, timetables etc. The app "knows" where the visitor
is standing - or where they are along the line - so can give information about the
loco they are standing next to in the museum or the sights to be seen along the line.
If all goes well the app will be available to IPhone and Android users.
Once again we are indebted to HLF who have helped fund this exciting venture as part
of the Accessible Brake Coach Project.
Lucy Worsley To Attend Inaugural Running
of Accessible Brake Coach!
Well-known TV historian Lucy Worsley will attend the inaugural running of the Accessible
Brake Coach at the Foxfield Railway in May 2019. The Worsley family have been generous
donors to the Accessible Brake Coach Project in memory of Lucy's grandfather, the
Late Leonard Worsley. Leonard was a local schoolteacher and railway enthusiast.
We are pleased to say that the coach restoration is proceeding to schedule. Photographs
of the work being done can be seen on the Knotty Heritage Train and Knotty Coach
Trust Facebook pages.