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About the North Staffordshire Railway Study Group (NSRSG)

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.

The aims of the Study Group are:

  • to gather together as much surviving information as there is about the NSR
  • to try to ensure that it is not lost
  • to make such information more widely available to those who have an interest in the railway.


The Group currently publishes its newsletter, Loop Lines, four times per year and The Journal twice a year.

The Journal (ISSN: 2633-982X) is the means by which the Study Group publishes articles on and about the North Staffordshire Railway. Follow this link for the Journal Index - an index into the content of all Journals.

Loop Lines addresses membership matters for the Group and covers items of a more immediate and topical nature, such as advanced notice of Group meetings, other railway-related meetings, general items of railway news and members' queries (and hopefully the answers).


The Group usually meets three times a year. The meetings are held in February (the AGM meeting), April and October at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Additionally there might be occasional walks along the route of a former Knotty line.

Facebook Page

There is a Study Group Facebook page where you can see news and forthcoming events, and comment on them.

On-line Discussion Group

The Group maintains an on-line discussion group on Groups.io, known as nsrail. This group is open only to Study Group members.

Last updated 16/06/20.