Help us restore 'Lewisham'
Built at the Castle Works in Stafford by W G Bagnall in 1927, "Lewisham" was delivered new to the Shropshire Beet Sugar Company at Alscott, near Wellington in Shrophire. Named after Viscount Lewisham, who was chairman of the company until the formation of British Sugar in June 1936, "Lewisham" is characterised by very small diameter driving wheels and a low running plate. It is also fitted with Bagnall Price valve gear, an unusual feature on a standard gauge loco.
Having worked alongside several other locomotives over the years, "Lewisham" was eventually replaced by a diesel loco bought secondhand from British Rail (D2302). British Sugar was reluctant to see "Lewisham" scrapped and intended to place it on a plinth in Shrewsbury, but instead donated it to Foxfield and moved it in November 1970.
Having entered passenger service on the line in 1973 "Lewisham" has been a regular performer in a variety of liveries, including blue lettered "British Sugar", and unlined green until its withdrawal a few years ago, now plans are being made to return this little gem to traffic in time for the 50th Anniversary of the railway.
You could help us by donating to our latest appeal. All you have to do is download the attached form below or click the donate button to use the secure link via PayPal and if you are a UK taxpayer, the benefit of Gift Aid can be applied.
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Foxfield Light Railway Society.