THE Foxfield Railway has moved the body of North Staffordshire Railway first class coach No. 228 to Stanegate Restorations at Haltwhistle for assessment as a prelude to its full restoration.
No. 228 has been placed on a 99-year loan to the Knotty Coach Trust by the North Staffordshire Railway Co (1978), based at Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway.
When restored, the coach will form part of the Knotty Heritage Train operated at Foxfield but it is certain to make regular visits to Cheddleton.
Dating from the mid-1870s, the four-wheel coach is from the same period as the Knotty Coach Trust’s restored third class coaches Nos. 61 and 127. In a restored form it will provide an insight into the differing levels of passenger comfort that were provided by the North Staffordshire Railway (‘the owd Knotty’) more than 145 years ago.
Conservation work at Cheddleton during its 30 years in preservation has ensured that the structure of the coach has survived in restorable form to this day. Stanegate Restorations will now assess its current condition in detail and determine the scope of the work needed and the funding required to restore it .
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