The Foxfield Railway is a preserved industrial railway and museum based on a former coal line. The line is in Staffordshire within walking distance of Blythe Bridge station (served by Central Trains from Crewe and Derby). Every year they hold a Summer Steam Gala with as many locos as possible in steam and featuring freight trains climbing the steep bank from the colliery (1 in 19 in places). Participants can watch this action from the neighbouring fields. This section of the line currently sees no passenger service but should be open for passenger trains next year once a platform and run round loop is complete. This year the gala was July 17 - 18 and 8 locos were in use (in pairs) including visiting 7F power in the form of the Mardy Monster from the Elsecar Steam Railway.
July 17 was wet and grey but here are a few shots of the event.
Unit 2 (The Mardy Monster and Meaford No. 2) storm the bank with a freight.
Unit C (Robert Heath No. 6 and Lewisham) make harder work of the bank as seen from the photo line in the field.
Unit D again as the crew awaits the incoming passenger they will work back to Caverswall Road station, Blythe Bridge.
Unit B (Whiston and Wimblebury) arrive at Dilhorne Park station with the passenger train.
Eight locos in steam and four of them (Units A and D) appear in this picture as Unit A (Beyer Peacock and Hawarden) drop down to Foxfield Colliery with a demonstration frieght and Unit D wait to take the train back to Dilhome Park.
Unit C crews at the back can take it easy as the Mardy Monster does all the work on the bank with the 12 wagon finale.
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