RECLAMATION OF NSR RUDYARD COACHES ON 18th & 19th OCTOBER
Approximately two dozen volunteers from as far afield as Northumbria helped reclaim
three 19th century NSR coach bodies (well, two-and-a-half…..) which have slept quietly
in woodland beside Rudyard Lake for these many years past. Relics of a time when
the lakeside was a popular destination for family holidays, dozens of little chalets
occupying Rea Cliffe Wood on the western shore of the lake.
The exercise was organised and inspired by Dave Scragg and special thanks are due
to Mr & Mrs Gee for donating the vehicles. Parts of the brake coach have already
been taken to Stanegate Restorations of Haltwhistle for refurbishment to display
on our stand at Warley.
This body will then be used as the basis for an “ABC” (Accessible Brake Coach) for
the KNOTTY HERITAGE TRAIN. This will allow two passengers in wheelchairs to be carried
& provide a much needed handbraked vehicle.
A chassis has already been obtained.The other two NSR coach bodies are to go into
storage awaiting their turn for restoration after 1st class coach No28 & the ABC
have been restored.
This exercise will halt the inevitable further decay which would have taken place
if they had been left where they were.
STOP PRESS: 17th October
“ALADDIN’S CAVE” DISCOVERED ON KINGSLEY MOOR
Peter Green, Mark Smith & Dave Scragg visited a soon to be demolished outbuilding
on Kingsley Moor & found a veritable “Aladdins Cave” of interest to Knotty enthusiasts.
Included are the sides of an NSR brake van still with original Knotty crest! This
is the first such brake van to be identied in over 40 years. Keep posted for further
details on this website & Facebook page shortly. _________________________________________________
STOP PRESS: 21st October
FORMAL AGREEMENT TO RESTORE NSR No28
Today the agreement between NSR Co (1978) & the Knotty Coach Trust to restore NSR
1st class coach no28 was completed by the Trust & will be forwarded to NSR Co (1978)
for them (hopefully!) to agree & sign. The
agreement leases this historically important vehicle from NSR Co (1978) to the Trust
for 99 year. Preliminary planning has already been carried out for the restoration
of the body at Stanegate Restorations in Haltwhistle. The main feature of the restored
vehicle will be the sumptuous 1st class upholstery – very different from the wooden
bench seats of the other Knotty coaches!
STOP PRESS: 19th October
COVERED ACCOMMODATION AT CAVERSWALL RD
Roy Forshaw today surveyed the land in vicinity of the boiler park & Hollick shed
at Caverswall Rd station in preparation for the construction of new two-road shed
at Caverswall Road. The FOXFIELD RAILWAY
has agreed that the KNOTTY COACH TRUST should take charge of this project in order
to provide sufficient storage spaces to keep the KNOTTY HERITAGE TRAIN permanently
under cover & available for viewing
access to the public out of season. Jon Adshead & Ian Stokes are drawing up a schedule
of works & liasing with industrial buildings fabricators in the Midlands.