Historic railway carriage NSR (“Knotty”) No.127 returned home to the Foxfield Railway
near Stoke-on-Trent on 22 August 2013 to a rapturous reception. The event involved
speeches, presentation, gala buffet and – very much in the spirit of these events
in days gone by – a special train hauled by steam tank locomotive Wimblebury on which
our local MP Bill Cash was one of the guests of honour. Other special guests at
the event included John Dutton (Staffordshire Environmental Fund) and Dr Mike Nevell
(Dept of Industrial Archaeology, Salford University).
PRISM visit to Knotty Coach Trust
Paula Brikci and Sarah Waldron of the Arts Council came up from their offices in
Birmingham on 2 October 2014 to visit Foxfield, meet the Knotty Coach Trustees and
inspect restored Knotty Coach No.127.
Paula is manager of the Arts Council’s PRISM fund and Sarah is her deputy. PRISM
are very kindly funding the restoration of sister coach no 61 currently in the workshops
of Stanegate Restorations Ltd in Northumberland.
The event was noted on BBC TV’s Midlands Today and representatives of the local media
and national railway press were present.
For the previous 12 months no127 had been undergoing restoration of the coach bodywork
in the workshops of Stanegate Restorations Ltd in Northumberland. This work was
funded largely by a grant from the Staffordshire Environmental Fund (sponsored by
BRIFFA) to whom the Trust is extremely grateful. Stanegategate did a tremendous
job returning the coach in authentic NSR livery. The chassis had previously been
built by the Trust at Foxfield by volunteer labour.
For further information about our plans for No.127 and sister coach No.61 click here.
Besides the opportunity to go over No.127 in detail Paula and Sarah were given a
full presentation by Ian Yates (Stanegate Restorations Ltd) as to the work presently
being carried out on no61 in Northumberland.
After an excellent buffet lunch Paula and Sarah were given a full tour of the Caverswall
Rd site meeting several members of the “Wednesday Gang” who have worked on both
Knotty coaches. Finally Paula and Sarah were given a guided tour of the colliery
Sarah was so impressed that she fully intends to return in the near future to drive
a steam train on one of Foxfield’s “Driver Experience” days!