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Foxfield Railway


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. 

The support group is the 'Foxfield Light Railway Society' (see 'Information on the Suport Group' below).


Happening This Month on the Railway

  • Go to 'Homepage' and click into 'Railway Club Calendar'

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*

- May (Selected Sundays)

- June: (Each Sunday)

- July (Sundays and selected Weekdays)

- August (Sundays and 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?


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


Adult: £10. Senior: £8. Child: £5. Compartment for 4: £35

Time to allow for Visit:

1 to 2 hours


Small museum at Caverswall Road Station



Picnic/Play areas:


Preservation Established:


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 


- Steam Driver Experience




Telephone:                                                           01543 452 623


Social media:                                             

                                                                             Also on Twitter/ Instagram/ YouTube/ Flickr


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          



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


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

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                                                                                 


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



Traditional Railway Societies:

- Industrial Railway Society

- North Staffordshire Railway Study Group


Model Railway Clubs:

- Stafford Railway Circle


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