Foxfield Steam Railway
The Foxfield Light Railway is one of the UK’s earliest heritage railways. The line was built in the 1890’s and unlike many lines which follow valleys, the Foxfield Railway maintains a 5 ½ mile round journey which boldly crosses open moorland, hills and woodland. This results in spectacular sounds and sights as the locomotives climb the steepest gradients. Trains steam through scenic North Staffordshire to terminate in the remote woodland halt of Dilhorne Park, which offers fine unspoilt views across the open moorlands where very little modern life can be seen.
The station at Blythe Bridge emulates the classic branch line termini of 100 years ago. It does, however, have the most modern of facilities and is fully accessible. The buffet, with its selection of traditional food, is complimented by our award winning “real ale” bar serving a selection of locally brewed ales and souvenir shop.
The railway is staffed by volunteers and trains operate every Sunday and Bank Holidays from Easter until Christmas. We will also be running summer mid week steam train on Wednesdays from 22nd July to 26th August. Special trains for groups can be arranged for other times and the railway is available to hire for corporate events.
Transport heritage site
Iron Curtain Vehicle Rally
- 5 — 6 September 2015
The Wartburg Trabant IFA Club uk will be visiting the Foxfield Railway.
Foxfield will play host to over 40 fabulous Eastern European cars this weekend. The event brings together classic cold war cars from all over the UK and Europe and at the same time commemorating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The event is for all Classic Eastern European Vehicles - Wartburg Trabant Barkas MZ IFA Lada FSO Yugo Zatava Moskvitch Skoda Dacia Zaprozhet Polski-Fiat Tatra and any other 2 stroke vehicles.
- Family friendly
Autumn Steam Gala
- 26 — 27 September 2015
The Foxfield Railway Steam Gala’s is always an extremely popular event growing year on year as people watch with amazement to see our little steam engines working hard on the heavily graded railway.
Our Caverswall Road Station will be open from early morning for visitors to view the locomotive preparations as well as sampling the excellent Full English Breakfast’s served in the station buffet.
The event will start with a train leaving Caverswall Road at round 9:00am for Dilhorne Park which feature a mixed freight and locomotives in preparation for the first freight train from colliery.
Throughout the day an intense passenger service will connect Caverswall Road with Dilhorne Park from where visitors will be able to alight and make the short walk to Foxfield Colliery using the paths provided – please follow signs and keep to the designated route.
For those who fancy travelling the easy way to the colliery then a connecting bus service will run frequently throughout the which call at Blythe Bridge mainline railway station en-route.
At Foxfield colliery you will be able to view the start of the notorious Foxfield Bank where engines of all sizes will take their turn on hauling the heavy trains up ruling gradient averaging 1:25!
Also open will be the original paint stores where you will be able to grab a cup of tea or coffee and try some the homemade cakes on offer.
Throughout the day all engines will take their turn on passenger and freight trains. Your ticket will allow travel on all passenger trains as well as entry to Foxfield Colliery. Please note if you are visiting to take and decide not to travel on the railway but wish to into the fields adjacent to Foxfield Bank a standard day rover will be required.
Back at Caverswall Road you will be able to ride on the newly launched Knotty Heritage Train behind the Beyer Peacock or Bellerophon as they take turns to haul the train on round trips to Dilhorne Park.
The ‘One Legged Shunter’ Foxfield’s very own real ale pub will be open from 12 each day through until late and have a variety of ales on the pumps to cater for everyone’s different tastes – we are sure you won’t be disappointed.
- Family friendly
Foxfield Steam Railway
Caverswall Road Station