The North Staffordshire Railway Study Group

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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 inaugural meeting of the Study Group agreed that the main aims of the group should be:

  • 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 bi-annually.

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. A small number of copies of each one remain available.

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 four times a year. Two meetings take the form of informal gatherings and the other two are more formal in nature - one taking in the AGM. The meetings are usually held in November (the AGM meeting), March, May and September and the indoor meetings are usually held at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

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.