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News update – October 2014

© 2013 The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust. Registered Charity No 1127895

RECLAMATION OF NSR RUDYARD COACHES ON 18th & 19th OCTOBER

 

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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.

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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!

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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.