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Foxfield Railway

INFORMATION FOR THE VISITOR

RCD’s Overview

This heritage railway runs along a former colliery branch line, originally built to link the Foxfield colliery to the North Staffordshire railway at Blythe Bridge. Today the railway has its own station at Blythe Bridge, half a mile from the national rail station, called Caverswall Road. As a former colliery line, the railway has some of the steepest gradients, and some of the tightest curves, on any passenger carrying railway. In keeping with its history, the railway specialises in industrial steam locomotives of which it has a sizeable collection. 

 

Key Facts (where and when)

Extent of Railway (where to where):

Blythe Bridge (Caverswall Road) to Dilhorne Park

Principal Visitor Centre:

Caverswall Road Station (ST11 9BG)

Period of Operation*

- Late March to October (Selected Sundays)

- July and August (also selected Wednesdays)

- Late November and December (Special event trains)

 [* This is a summary. Please go to the railway’s website for definitive operating days] 

 

Key Facts (what you’ll see)

Services usually steam or diesel?

Steam

Type of Steam / Diesel Locomotives Used:

Small industrial steam locomotives

Length of Line:

2.25 miles

Time taken for a round trip:

50 minutes

Number of trains per day:

Up to 4 in each direction

Number of Stations:

2 stations

Prices:

Adult: £10. Senior: £8. Child: £5. Compartment: From £35

Time to allow for Visit:

1 to 2 hours

Museum:

Small museum at Caverswall Road Station

Shop/Cafe:

Yes/Yes

Picnic/Play areas:

No

Preservation Established:

1967

Car Park Facilities:

At Caverswall Road Station

 

Key Facts (Galas/Events/Dining)

Dining Trains:

- Afternoon Tea Trains                                                                               

Event Trains:

- The North Pole Express: 26 Nov to 24 December 

Principal Galas:

- Diesel Gala: April

- Summer Steam Gala: July

- Autumn Steam Gala: September 

Experiences:

- Steam Driver Experience

 

Contacts

Email:                                                                  flrsenquiries@foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Telephone:                                                           01543 452 623

Website:                                                               www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Social media:                                                       www.facebook.com/FoxfieldRailway

                                                                             Also on Twitter/ Instagram/ YouTube/ Flickr

INFORMATION FOR THE ENTHUSIAST

Brief History of the Railway and its Preservation  

The Foxfield railway line was built in 1893 to serve the Foxfield colliery at Dilhorne. It joined the North Staffordshire Railway line near Blythe Bridge. The colliery closed in August 1965, and the colliery line closed at the same time. In 1967 the Foxfield Light Railway Society was formed to preserve the line. Initially preservation operations revolved around the steep gradient out of the Dilhorne colliery site, but later a station was built at Blythe Bridge (Caverswall Road) and passenger trains run from there in the direction of the former colliery.

 

Principal Aspiration

To extend services into the Dilhorne colliery site.

 

Steam Operational Locomotives:

(1) Beyer, Peacock & Co - 1827

(2) Hunslet - 3839 ‘Wimblebury’

(3) Hawthorn Leslie - 3581 Marston, Thompson & Evershed No. 3

(4) Kerr Stuart - 4388

(5) Robert Stephenson Hawthorns - 7063 ‘Eustace Forth’ (out on loan)

 

Diesel Operational Locomotives/DMU:

(1) Bagnall shunter - 3150 ‘Wolstanton No. 3’

(2) Bagnall shunter - 3207 ‘Bagnall’

(3) Kerr Stuart shunter - 4421

(4) Pacer DMU Class 142 - 142055

 

Steam Locomotives Under Overhaul:

(1) Hunslet - 3694 ‘Whiston’

(2) WG. Bagnall - 2623 ‘Hawarden’

(3) WG Bagnall - 3059 ‘Florence No. 2’

 

Diesel Locomotives Under Overhaul:

(1) Andrew Barclay - 486 ‘Clive’

(2) English Electric/Drewry Cars - WD820

(3) Janus class 0-6-0 - 2868 ‘Ludstone’           

(4) Ruston and Hornsby 88DS - 408496 ‘Shanks No. 444’

(5) Ruston and Hornsby 165 - 424841 ‘Roman’

 

Stored/ Under Restoration/ Out of Service:

- Avonside Engine Co - 1563 ‘John Paton’

- Peckett and Sons - 1567 ‘Ackton Hall No 3’

- Haydock Foundry - ‘C Bellerophon’

- North Staffordshire Railway 0-4-0 - No. 2

- Robert Heath & Sons 0-4-0 – No. 6

- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 - 933 ‘Henry Cort’

- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 - 1803 ‘Ironbridge No. 1’      

- Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 - 2081 No. 11          

- Manning Wardle 0-6-0 - 2107 ‘The Welshman’          

- W. G. Bagnall 0-6-0 - 2221 ‘Lewisham’         

- Kerr Stuart 0-4-0 - 4127 ‘Moss Bay’              

- Sentinel Waggon Works 0-4-0 - 9535          

 

INFORMATION ON THE SUPPORT GROUP

Name of Support Group:

Foxfield Light Railway Society

Annual membership fee:

Adult: £20. Senior: £15 Junior £8

 

Benefits of membership:                                  

-          Three full round trips per year for free

-          Newsletter issued periodically with regular updates and information

 

How to Join:                                       Go to www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/membership-volunteering

 

What They Say About Volunteering:

Foxfield is run by our volunteer members who really make it the special place it is. We need about 10 volunteers for every activity we run. We not only need volunteers to help with restoration, maintenance, driving & operations but also customer care liaison, ticketing support, shop & buffet staff & general help on our opening days.

 

How to Volunteer:                        Go to www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/membership-volunteering

and scroll down the page to ‘Become a volunteer at Foxfield’.

 

How to Donate:                                 Send email enquiring about donations

 

WHY JOIN:  Help the railway extend services into the Dilhorne colliery site                                                                                 

INFORMATION ON OTHER SOCIETIES WITH RELATED INTEREST

Those interested in this railway may also be interested in the following railway societies also listed on this

website:

 

Traditional Railway Societies:

- Industrial Railway Society

- North Staffordshire Railway Study Group

 

Model Railway Clubs:

- Stafford Railway Circle

                                     

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