Foxfield: Steam above the seam

The Foxfield Railway held its summer gala over the weekend of July 21-22 – the highlight event so far in its 2018 calendar.

Industrial steam locomotives went through their paces up the grades on the delightful former Staffordshire colliery line, creating wonderful sights and sounds.

Providing a reminder that its 10-year boiler certificate was about to expire, the smokebox of 1874-built Haydock foundry 0-6-0WT Bellerophon was chalked with: ‘Not a farewell, just adieu’. PHIL WATERFIELD

Regular demonstration coal trains ran on the 1-in-19 Foxfield Bank, while passenger services operated between Caverswall Road and Dilhorne Park stations.

A welcome visitor was Hunslet 0-6-0ST Brookes No. 1 (No. 2387 of 1941) from the Middleton Railway, Leeds.

Bowing out, however, was 1874-built Vintage Carriages Trust-owned 0-6-0WT Bellerophon, operating its final weekend of service, before the expiry of it’s
10-year boiler certificate.

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