Foxfield Summer Gala
Join us for the annual highlight of our year – the Foxfield summer gala. Featuring the regular demonstration coal trains on the 1 in 19 of Foxfield Bank and passenger services between Blythe Bridge Caverswall Road and Dilhorne Park stations, alternating between the standard service set and the restored 1880s North Staffordshire Railway heritage train.
Locos in action from the home fleet will include:
0-6-0WT “Bellerophon” 0f 1874 on it’s final weekend of service, before the expiry of it’s 10 year boiler certificate.
0-4-0ST RSH “Eustace Fourth”,
0-4-0 crane tank Dubs.
Our Caverswall Road Station will be open from early morning for visitors to view the locomotive preparations as well as sampling the excellent Full English Breakfast’s served in the station buffet.
The event will start with locomotives leaving Caverswall Road at around 9:00am for Dilhorne Park which in preparation for the first freight train from Foxfield colliery. The first passenger train will depart Caverswall Road at 10am
Throughout the day a passenger service will connect Caverswall Road with Dilhorne Park from where visitors will be able to alight and make the short walk to Foxfield Colliery using the paths provided (Subject to ground conditions – please follow signs and keep to the designated rout).
For those who fancy travelling the easy way to the colliery then a connecting bus service will run, also calling at Blythe Bridge mainline railway station en-route.
At Foxfield colliery you will be able to view the start of the notorious Foxfield Bank where engines of all sizes will take their turn on hauling the heavy trains up the ruling gradient averaging 1:25!
Also open will be the original paint stores where you will be able to grab a cup of tea or coffee and try some the homemade cakes on offer.
Throughout the day all engines will take their turn on passenger and freight trains. Your ticket will allow travel on all passenger trains as well as entry to Foxfield Colliery. Please note if you are visiting to take photos and decide not to travel on the railway but wish to enter the fields adjacent to Foxfield Bank a standard day rover will be required.
The ‘One Legged Shunter’ Foxfield’s very own real ale pub will be open from 12 each day through until late and have a variety of ales on the pumps to cater for everyone’s different tastes – we are sure you won’t be disappointed.