Foxfield Railway prepares to get up steam for a celebration gala

LOTS of railway enthusiasts are expected to ‘steam’ into the Staffordshire Moorlands this weekend.

They will be converging on the Foxfield Railway near Blythe Bridge to enjoy a 50th anniversary Summer Gala.

As well as viewing the heritage railway’s huge collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, visitors will be able to enjoy a five-mile round trip behind a steam locomotive on the former mineral line.

The line was built in 1893 to transport coal from the former Foxfield Colliery at Dilhorne to the main Derby-Crewe line at Blythe Bridge.

When the colliery closed in August 1965, local volunteers formed the Foxfield Light Railway Society to preserve the line.

At first, passengers were taken in converted trucks up the formidable 1:19 to 1:26 gradient out of the colliery site, pulled a tank engine, before ex-BR passenger carriages were acquired and restored by willing hands for the purpose.