0-6-2T 'New L' class
The sole surviving North Staffordshire Railway steam locomotive is a 'New L' class locomotive, Number 2. The locomotive withdrawn by the LMS in 1937, survived by passing into industrial use, working in the Walkden collieries system. The locomotives profile was raised in 1960 when still in industrial use was restored to North Staffordshire livery and displayed in Stoke-on-Trent, for the twos Jubilee celebrations, and upon returning to the collieries retained the livery. During preservation she has had spells on display at the Churnet Valley Railway and Locomotive, the NRM at Shildon, but now she is based at the Foxfield Railway, where a full restoration is planned. At the Foxfield they have two beautifully restored Knotty (as the NSR is efficiently known) carriages, with a third on hoped to enter service (with brake compartment and wheelchair accommodation) in the near future. See the Knotty set in action at the Churnet Valley Railway by click here...