News Archive May 2018


© 2018 The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust. Registered Charity No 1127895

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project shall restore the physical remains of a unique four-wheeled brake 3rd  railway coach. The coach, built in Stoke-on-Trent for the North Staffordshire Railway in the 1880s, will provide additional seating for the popular Knotty Heritage Train and allow access to passengers with mobility and other impairments. The award of £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with £15,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation allows the Knotty Trust to start the £150,000 “ABC” project immediately.   The Trust is indebted to Prof. Peter Worsley for his donation of £10,000 in memory of his late father, Leonard.  The £35,000 balance of the funding shall come from many other generous supporters and the Trust’s own fundraising activities, which will continue.   These include the publication of a children’s story book “Bel and the Kittens” about the adventures of two local children from Dilhorne on the Foxfield Railway, to be published in time for Christmas.

A similar design of NSR brake 3rd seen at Prestbury in 1890. (National Archives)


This exciting project allows the appointment of an apprentice to learn traditional restoration skills, a filming project “The Stairs at Stoke Station” to provide interpretation of early rail travel for young people, an informative  smartphone app for passengers and allows access to members of the community who have mobility and other impairments.

   The restoration of the coach to its original condition will allow the Knotty Coach Trust  to augment the popular Knotty Heritage Train from April 2019 onwards.  Foxfield Railway President Brian Allen MBE said, “The Foxfield Railway is thrilled by the award to the Knotty Coach Trust and are looking forward to the expansion of the Heritage Train in 2019”. Rob Millington, Head of Blackfriars FE Academy in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, said, “The project will provide a valuable educational resource which will be fully inclusive to people with special educational needs & disabilities."


The Knotty Coach Trustees in front of Beyer Peacock 0-4-0ST no1827 (built 1879) one of the locos used to haul the Knotty Heritage Train. (N Brazier)


Accessible Brake Coach Funding Confirmed!!!

The Knotty Coach Trust received £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Accessible Brake Coach Project (NSR brake 3rd No. 23) at the Foxfield Steam Railway.

CAD of ABC showing cutaway section with wheelchair accommodation. (Mark Smith)

Stanegate Restorations spokesman David Charlton said, “Stanegate Restorations Ltd. are delighted to be involved in the next phase of  Knotty Coach Trust's development of a Victorian train.   Besides being able to use our craftsmen and women's skills to restore a piece of our railway heritage, it will provide something the Victorians did not consider building, an accessible vehicle. Additionally the project will allow us to take on an apprentice, enabling us to pass on the skills required for future restoration projects”.

The Knotty Coach Trust would particularly like to thank members of the NSR Study Group who have given funds, items to sell, and historical information very readily to support the project. Fundraising will need to continue before we can all get the chance to ride on the newly restored carriage.

(This article is based on the press release by the Knotty Coach Trust on 12th October 2017.)

© 2017 The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust. Registered Charity No 1127895