Foxfield 50th anniversary gala stunner

THE July 14-16 gala held to mark the Foxfield Railway’s 50th anniversary proved to be an outstanding success, say the organisers.

More than 1200 people turned up to the gala at what in 1967 set off on the road to become one of the UK’s top industrial heritage locations.

Newly-restored RSH 0-4-0ST No. 7063 of 1942 Eustace Forth double-heads a coal train away from the colliery with Bagnall 0-4-0ST No. 2842 of 1946, banked by visiting Peckett 0-6-0ST Sir Gomer. ROBERT FALCONER

Freight to Foxfield Colliery ceased in 1965, but enthusiasts stepped in to save the line.

The guest locomotive for the event which saw seven engines in steam was Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 1859 of 1932 Sir Gomer from the Battlefield Line, which was making its first appearance on a colliery line since its retirement from the NCB at Mountain Ash in 1978.

Also appearing were Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST No. 7063 of 1942 Eustace Forth, Bagnall 0-4-0ST No. 2842 of 1946, Dubs 0-4-0 crane tank No. 4101, 1874-built Haydock foundry 0-6-0WT Bellerophon, Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 3839 of 1956 Wimblebury which had just returned to service after a 10-year overhaul, and Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 3694 of 1950 Whiston.

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