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Studying the NSR

There are a number of ways in which knowledge can be gained about the North Staffordshire Railway.

Firstly the railway has formed the subject matter of quite a number of publications and two histories of the railway have been published, both entitled North Staffordshire Railway. These were written by 'Manifold' and by Rex Christiansen and Bob Miller. 'Manifold' was the collective pseudonym for Dr. J.R. Hollick, G.N. Nowell-Gossling, C.A. Moreton, F.M. Page and W.T. Stubbs.

There are quite a number of other publications dealing with aspects of the railway, such as discrete lines, locomotives or rolling stock. Whilst many titles are out of print they may be obtained second hand. Suitable links are to be found at the foot of the list of published titles on the Books page.

Much of the company's surviving original material can be found at the National Archive at Kew. Its online catalogue can be accessed here. To help in the specific studies of the North Stafford the contents of the RAIL 532 index are reproduced on the RAIL 532 page.

People researching their Family History who have discovered that a family member worked for the railway may wish to visit or contact the National Archive to pursue this. The Study Group has no staff records in its possession; those records that have survived being at the National Archive. These records are unfortunately not complete but they do tend to exist for station and signalling staff - as opposed to footplate staff.

Station Masters were also often identified by name in Kelly's (and other) Trade Directories for the appropriate period.

Finally of course further interest in the North Stafford may be pursued by joining this Study Group where you will be most welcome.

Last updated 01/11/15.