Appeal

As many of you will know, Foxfield has had to close its doors to visitors and members to help everyone in our community to stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives.

The Coronavirus pandemic means that we are not able to secure regular income through our events, open weekends and visitor experiences for the coming weeks and months.

We cannot thank you enough for the support you have shown us over the years but we are asking for your help one more time.

Please help one of Britain’s oldest heritage railways to survive.

With your help, we can look forward to a bright future of new events, great family days out and a secure future for our special heritage railway.

If you are able to help, every donation will make a difference.


You can make a donation online via our Just Giving appeal

By cheque sent to:

Foxfield Light Railway Society Ltd,
Caverswall Road Station, Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, ST11 9BG.

With huge thanks and kind regards, Directors and Members of the Foxfield Light Railway Society Ltd.


We have shared some of our story below to help you see how valuable Foxfield is to our community, British heritage railways and to Staffordshire visitor economy.

Our aim is, and has always been, to preserve the line for future generations of enthusiasts and families to enjoy.
Back in September 1966 a group of like minded individuals set out to reopen the Foxfield Colliery Railway which had ceased to operate with the closure of Foxfield Colliery in August 1965. Foxfield Railway is one of the oldest heritage railways in the country and some of our current members have been with us from the start. The 3.5 mile long line runs from Dilhorne to Blythe Bridge in North Staffordshire and is special in many ways, but the gradient out of the colliery of up to 1:19 gradient on a significant rising curve is its highlight. Locomotives hauling their demonstration colliery trains, are working at their full capability including the two largest ‘Austerities’ Wimblebury and Whiston. All locomotives producing towering exhausts and noise that few railways can match – a spectacular sight and sound for all to enjoy. Notwithstanding the pyrotechnics, the Foxfield Railway has been operating passenger trains since 1967 hauling a variety of LMS, Mk1 and Mk2 coaching stock plus in recent years by replica North Staffordshire Railway rolling stock. Each making a valuable contribution to the original aims to preserve the line for future generations of enthusiasts and families to enjoy. When combined with an award winning real ale bar, friendly café and family events to make a great destination for families and enthusiasts alike.