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A trip in Knotty Carriages at the Foxfield Railway


Adrian Stevenson
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Hi Guys, today we went to the Foxfield Railway as they were running trains made up of the Victorian “Knotty” carriages. Tickets were sold out for every train. Luckily we managed to get a ticket for the 3.30pm train.

We arrived early so we could have good look around and grab a bite to eat. I can recommend the sausage baps!

 

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Nice to see the Kerr-Stuart diesel shunter is undercover. Easily overlooked, but one of the first purpose designed diesel shunters...

The carriages are wonderful, a real labour of love to get them so nice, I love the detail of having all the screw heads aligned...

 

Andy G

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11 hours ago, Gordon A said:

Are they using the platform at the colliery yet?

 

2 hours ago, Adrian Stevenson said:

The platform at the other end of the line is now in use.

 

You'll have only gone as far as Caverswall Road Adrian; the colliery (which is almost as far again as you rode and at the bottom a significant bank) is still only used for freight workings on gala weekends.

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22 hours ago, AY Mod said:

 

 

You'll have only gone as far as Caverswall Road Adrian; the colliery (which is almost as far again as you rode and at the bottom a significant bank) is still only used for freight workings on gala weekends.

 

Wrong way round Andy. The train starts from Caverswall Road, where all the sheds and cafe etc. are located, and goes to Dilhorne Park. The colliery is beyond Dilhorne Park.

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1 hour ago, Poor Old Bruce said:

 

Wrong way round Andy. The train starts from Caverswall Road, where all the sheds and cafe etc. are located, and goes to Dilhorne Park. The colliery is beyond Dilhorne Park.

 

Absolutely right Richard, don't know why I said that!

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On 02/08/2021 at 08:48, uax6 said:

Nice to see the Kerr-Stuart diesel shunter is undercover. Easily overlooked, but one of the first purpose designed diesel shunters...

The carriages are wonderful, a real labour of love to get them so nice, I love the detail of having all the screw heads aligned...

 

Andy G

The Kerr Stuart diesel has had some attention recently including a full inspection and the engine started with a view to returning it to traffic for a visit to the Middleton Railway in 2022. There is also a plan to fit it with vacuum to enable it to haul passenger trains... watch out the the Kerr Stuart diesel on the Knotties in the future ;)

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On 01/08/2021 at 23:49, PenrithBeacon said:

Are the carriages on their original chassis or scrapped PMVs?

None of them are on original chassis, 127 is on a Tube wagon chassis, 61 is on an ex-Midland Rly 4 wheel passenger van chassis and 23 is on an ex-Midland brakevan chassis - all modified to suit.

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The next operating days for the Knotty Coaches is the weekend of the 4th/5th September, pre-booking essential!

 

It is anticipated that the 1879 0-4-0ST Beyer Peacock works shunter will be making a return after maintenance including new front and rear wooden buffer beams and a new smokebox. She will also be sporting a smart new livery that will match the coaches very nicely.

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