A Day on the Railways – The North Staffordshire Railway at Rudyard and the Recreation of an NSR Loop Line Train”.

A joint study day of the Knotty Coach Trust, the North Staffordshire Railway Study Group and MANCENT

The only surviving image of the original NSR brake coach in service
Rudyard Lake and the North Staffordshire railway line to Manchester
Steam train arriving at Rudyard Lake railway station



Next Spring the Knotty Coach Trust will have completed the

Bank holiday at Rudyard Lake c. 1910

restoration of its third original Four-wheel coach, this time an Accessible Break Coach, will allow wheelchair access on the train as well as restoring the authentic break coach to the North Staffordshire Train.

To celebrate, the Knotty Coach Trust and the North Staffordshire Railway Study Group have decide to visit the other iconic survivor of the NSR – Rudyard Lake, which the Railway developed in the 19th and early 20th century into their prime day trip destination from the Potteries with opportunities to sail, play golf and the enjoy the fantastic scenery at the edge of the Peak.

Preliminary Programme

10.00 Coffee & Registration

10.30   Lecture: NSR Passenger Rolling Stock 1845-1923 (Mark Smith, KCT and North Staffordshire Railway Study Group -tbc).

11.15  Lecture: Rudyard Lake and its facilities – the NSR’s holiday destination?

            (Philip Bryan, North Staffordshire Railway Study Group – tbc)

12.00 Lecture: The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (Matt Self, RLS Railway – tbc)

12.15  Buffet Lunch (included)

13.15  Train Ride on Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (included)

14.30  Lecture: The Knotty Heritage Train Project and “the Missing Link”
(David Woolliscroft, North Staffordshire Railway Study Group)

15.15   Lecture: The Restoration of NSR four wheeled rolling stock (Dave Charlton, Stanegate Restorations)

16.00  Tea, discussion & closing remarks

16.30  Meeting ends

The Organisers would like to acknowledge the grants received grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Garfield-Weston Fund to help organise this meeting.

Dayschool: Saturday, 20 October 2018          Time: 10.00am– 4.30pm.

Rudyard Hotel
Lake Rd, Rudyard, Leek ST13 8RN

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£20 £15* 15 50

*£15, if booked before 20 September, 2018.

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment (cheques to be made out to “Knotty Coach Trust” or “Birgitta Hoffmann”.

Course Administrator, MANCENT, 55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: latinteacher@btinternet.com phone: 07747 533 070





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