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Foxfield Light Railway

The Foxfield Railway began life as a form of transportation for coal from the colliery replacing the tramway and packhorses. Schemes to build a railway here constantly failed and therefore the colliery took the matter into their own hands and between 1892 – 1893 the railway was built using local labour provided by the North Staffordshire Railway employees at weekends and using second-hand materials. It is situated in the Cheadle Coalfield of North Staffordshire and joined the North Staffordshire Railway line near Blythe Bridge. The colliery closed in 1965 and the Foxfield Light Railway Society was formed to preserve the line. Eventually, new coaches were purchased and a station was built at Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, half a mile from Blythe Bridge station. The service runs for 2.5 miles from there to the top of Foxfield Bank.

The station at Caverswall offers visitor facilities such as a Buffet serving hot and cold food and drinks and a Real Ale bar “The One Legged Shunter”. Also a museum building displaying a variety of artifacts relating to local railways and locomotives currently out of service. Enjoy an English Cream Tea on board on a Sunday evening and take in the beautiful countryside during the summer. (see website for dates)

The railway operates Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to October and Santa Special trains during December.

Official Website : http://foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

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