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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.

Latest News

Look out for the article 'The Knotty and the First World' written by Study Group members David Woolliscroft & Mike Fell which is expected to appear in the March 2018 issue of Back Track (due out in February).


Check out two new books recently published by Study Group members.

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

The Journal is the means by which the 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 a two or three of times a year. The meetings are usually held in February (the AGM meeting), and October at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Additionally there might be a walk along the route of a former Knotty line in the late Spring.

On-line Discussion Group

The Group maintains an on-line, moderated, Discussion Group (Yahoo! Group), known as nsrail. This group is open only to Study Group members. Summaries of these discussions are published in Loop Lines so that members unable to access the Internet are kept informed, and are also able to contribute via correspondence columns or other email.

Last updated 13/11/17.