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The “Knotty Coach Trust” (The NSR Rolling Stock Restoration Trust, NSRRSRT) is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of North Staffordshire Railway Coaches No.61 and No.127. The aim is to form a vintage train operating on the Foxfield Railway.

The Trust seeks to recreate travel as it was for the majority some 130 years ago, for these coaches were not designed for long distances but as close packed 3rd class travel over the branch line system that was the North Staffordshire Railway.


Our unique Steam Railway nestles in the heart of Staffordshire at Blythe Bridge. You can travel on our wonderful steam hauled trains through the glorious countryside to Dilhorne Park, our current remote stop from where the trappings of modern life do not spoil the view as you are swept back in time...

From the days of the railway originally carrying coal from Foxfield Colliery to serve major cities including London, the Foxfield Railway has evolved into one of Staffordshire’s must do attractions.

Unlike many other heritage lines which follow valleys, the Foxfield Railway boldly crosses open moorland, hills and woods. This results in spectacular sights and sounds as the trains climb the steepest gradients to be
found on standard gauge railways in the UK.

The Society’s main station at Blythe Bridge emulates the classic branch line termini of 100 years ago. It does, however, have the most modern of facilities and is fully accessible. The buffet, with its selection of traditional food, is complimented by our award winning “real ale” bar and souvenir shop. Our display of artefacts and historic locomotives is also here.
The railway is run by volunteers with trains normally running every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter until Christmas.


Foxfield miniature railway is a dual gauge 5" and 7 1/4" ground level railway. Work started in 2007 with almost all the work done by the junior Volunteers ranging form 10 to 18 from the FLRS site. The Railway was funded by a grant from Staffordshire county council who kindly donated us £5500 to start the railway. The line in now approximately 1000 yards, with a main station terminus and the enterance of the car park of the Foxfield Railway, running up and along the top of the field to a passing loop where the 5 inch gauge track stops. The 7 1/4 then continues on into a balloon loop which then connects back up to the main line.


Apedale Heritage Centre

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction. We are located in North Staffordshire's Apedale Community Country Park in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse.

At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. And visit our museum to learn about the local industries and history.

The cafe is open every day so even if you are just passing you can drop in for a cuppa or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a specialty of the Potteries.

Ride the Apedale Valley Light Railway which has just been opened by our colleagues from the Moseley Railway Trust. This light industrial railway will be open until the end of it's 2010 season in October. Trains are running weekly on Saturdays with a monthly steam weekend.


Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is near Leek in the North Staffordshire Peak District and our steam trains give a great family day out ideal for kids on train trip along Rudyard lake. The railway uses real coal fired steam engines to pull all its trains. Its one of the UK's finest heritage steam railways and is constantly developing new attractions to give great family days out.

Rudyard lake railway uses narrow gauge steam engines on its trains and is in Staffordshire close to Alton Towers and the borders of Cheshire and Derbyshire and handy for the Peak District. The steam trains are equivalent to about half the size of a narrow gauge railway with 10.25 inch gauge tracks. The trains run whatever the weather and have covered coaches.

Rudyard Lake was first developed by the North Staffordshire Railway to offer days out to the workers of the Midlands and North West. The Lake on the western edge of the Peak district retains its beauty and serenity and was recently named the 3rd most romantic spot in the UK. Rudyard Lake is a historic site where Rudyard Kipling's parents met on a day out and named their son after the spot where they met.


North Staffs Miners

This Site Is Dedicated to The North Staffs Miners' 4,700 Plus, Fatalities the price paid in death and injury by the miners of North Staffs in winning the coal from the bowels of the earth for the benefit of the Nation should never be forgotten. This Web-site was started 1st Dec. 2009 and is updated periodically.


North Staffordshire Coalfield

A huge archive of information of the mining in the North staffordshire area.


Apedale Valley Light Railway


The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland".

Our picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way. In addition to the 10½ mile return journey along the valley, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 16-mile round trip along the Cauldon branch.

Cheddleton, the home of the railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station, small museum and locomotive sheds. St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal towpath.


The North Staffordshire Railway Study Group

The North Staffordshire Railway Study Group (NSRSG) was formed in October 1995 to bring together people with an interest in the North Staffordshire Railway - the NSR or the Knotty - in order to increase the knowledge of the railway, and to improve the understanding of the role of the railway within the community it served.


Crewe Heritage Centre

The Crewe Heritage Centre, built to commemorate 150 years of the town of Crewe, was opened in 1987 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the early 1990's the name was changed to 'The Railway Age' to reflect the railway side of the centres activities which was being given more prominence at the time. Following a change of management in 2007, the decision was taken to return to the original name of The Crewe Heritage Centre and to the original aims to reflect the wider aspects of the heritage of the town in addition to its railway history.

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