The Foxfield Light Railway is in North Staffordshire and has a a 5 mile round journey for which it engines have to work hard up some very steep gradients being 1-19 in some parts which makes it one, if not the steepest railway in the UK without a rack .
Two tank engines Hawarden and Whiston at The Foxfield Light Railway in 2006
The 0-4-0 saddle tank in the lead was built in 1940 and is named Hawarden. It was designed by W G Bagnall.
The Foxfield railway was built between 1892 and 1893 for the Foxfield Colliery so as they could haul coal to the Stoke-Derby main line from Stoke to Derby. It was built on the cheap, so there very little earth works to make the railway level which is why it has steep gradients .
0-6-0ST Whiston is nearest us as they run round there train.
The tank engine Whiston is one of about 484 locomotives built to the Austerity design, which were built during World War 2. This one by the Hunslet Engine Co of Leeds, and was in fact not built till 1950, and went to the National Coal Board at Haydock Colliery in Lancashire then to Cronton Colliery and then Bold Colliery. The NCB used lots of this tanks and they were used till diesels took over ther work.
Page updated 20/4/2015
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