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Foxfield Autumn Gala - 23rd/24th September - timetable uploaded

Discussion in 'Galas and events' started by Avonside1563, Sep 12, 2017.

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    The Foxfield Autumn Gala is being held over the 23rd/24th September and will once again see the railway playing host to a multitude of traction engines, steam rollers and steam lorries, as well as other wonderful quirks and curiosities.
    The railway will field up to 5 steam and 2/3 diesel locomotives over the weekend, with demonstration coal trains on Foxfield Bank, lifting demonstrations by Dubs crane tank at both Caverswall Road station and Foxfield colliery, and selected passenger services using the Knotty Heritage Train during the day.
    The newly refurbished 'One Legged Shunter' bar will be open and serving excellent real ales alongside the buffet at Caverswall Road and light refreshments will be available at Foxfield Colliery.
    We look forward to welcoming all of you to our last big event of the season.
     
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    The loco roster for the gala has been confirmed (subject to the usual caveats) as:
    Steam: Whiston, Bellerophon, Eustace Forth, Beyer Peacock 1827, Dubs 4101
    Diesel: Wolstanton, Thomas Hill 111C
    With the exception of Dubs and 111C all other locos will see action on passenger and freight duties.
    Dubs will be giving lifting demonstrations at Caverswall Road and Foxfield Colliery at various times during the day.

    The timetable is being checked at the moment and will be published here when it is ready, it does include line freights during the day and regular freights on Foxfield Bank.

    On the road steam side there will be road runs between Caverswall Road and Foxfield colliery during the weekend giving the possibilities of cameo scenes at Foxfield Colliery.

    The newly refurbished 'One Legged Shunter' real ale bar and the buffet at Caverswall Road Station will be open during the weekend, and light refreshments will also be available at Foxfield Colliery.
     
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    The Beyer Peacock undertook a successful test steaming on Sunday 17th September following axlebox and boiler repairs which have seen it out of traffic for 18 months. Also being unveiled at the Gala will be the completed Eustace Forth sporting its now fully lined and lettered livery.

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    Beyer Peacock 1827 returns from its first round trip double heading with Bellerophon.
     
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    Timetable and guide for the 2017 Autumn Gala.
     

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    Expecting to arrive at Blythe Bridge by train on Saturday at either 10.21 or 11.21, does anybody have any details of the bus service running from the mainline to the railway. A first visit for me, other than popping in out of season many years ago, and really looking forward it. Thanks in advance for any info.
     
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    It is only about a 10 minute walk from Blythe Bridge to Caverswall Road. Not sure the colliery bus goes via the station.
     
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    Unfortunately I do not know if the free bus still calls at the NR station or if it purely runs between colliery and FR station. However, as has been stated it is an easy 10 minute walk to Caverswall road station. We are getting things ready tomorrow including loading two of the 16T wagons with loco coal. There were already two steam rollers on site last Sunday and more of the road steamers turning up tomorrow and Saturday morning along with other interesting items including a rather large hot air engine that travels on a trailer. So plenty of interest and good beer on offer all weekend too! Better not have too many tomorrow evening as I have charge of Bellerophon on Saturday.
     

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