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Foxfield Railway Special Gala AlbumTwo guest locomotives joined the Foxfield resident fleet for a couple of days of freight and passenger working unlike anything seen elsewhere in the UK. These few photos hopefully capture something of the Foxfield 2007 Summer Festival of Steam 28-9 July, especially around the Colliery, where there were many new vantage points this year.
The visiting locomotives for 2007 were Barclay 0-4-0ST 2274 of 1949 "No 22" from the Bowes Railway near Gateshead, and Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST 2740 of 1909 "Asbestos" from the Chasewater Light Railway near Birmingham.
If you missed the Foxfield Gala in 2007 then let these photos whet your appetite for next year. Make way for the debut of "Florence" and "Dubsy"... See you in 2008!!
Above: Guest number 1 was Barclay 0-4-0ST "No22" from the Bowes Railway, on fine form in NCB lined black livery
Above: Guest number 2 was attractive Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST 2780 "Asbestos" seen here at Caverswall Road depot
Above: A crisp exhaust from "Meaford No2" as it shunts a train of 16 ton mineral wagons at Foxfield Colliery
Above: "Meaford No2" tackles a rake of 21 ton hopper wagons at the foot of Foxfield bank, restored headgear in the background
Above: "Robert Heath No6" and visitor "No22" made a fine pair all weekend in NCB livery, seen here on new track in the colliery yard
Above: Another new vantage point from the foundations of the engine shed being reconstructed like the original at one end of the yard
Above: "No22" and "Robert Heath No6" in tandem, blasting away from the colliery past the winding house
Above: In the peaceful setting of Dilhorne Park station, "Wimblebury" and crew arrange the next freight train
Above: On Foxfield Bank in the sun, "Asbestos" and "Hawarden" near the summit with a train of hoppers
Above: Coal Board liveries: "Wimblebury" on the Colliery loop near wagon SIS695, specially repainted for the Gala weekend
Above: Team work: Hunslet 0-6-0ST "Wimblebury" leads a long train in its assault on Foxfield Bank...
Above: ... while RSH 0-6-0T "Meaford No2" blasts away at the rear...
Above: ... and there's no going back once those wagons are on the move, it's a long and skilful climb ahead for the crews.
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