July steam in Staffordshire
Foxfield summer gala
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Geoff’s Rail Diaries
17 July 2016
Been meaning to do this one for several years, but it’s either been too hot, too wet or I’ve been tied up elsewhere. No excuses needed this year!
As well as members of the local fleet - the Dubs crane tank, the day-glo Bagnall and Whiston (pretending to be gas-producer- fitted Hurricane), there are a couple of visitors - newly-restored Avonside Cranford, and Austerity Norman from Embsay. Should be good...  ...it was! Not only did all the locos perform in the usual noisy manner on the bank, but everything ran to time. Even the weather behaved - the sun coming out at just the right moment (quite unexpectedly) for Norman’s last run up the bank. A great show! Link: Foxfield Railway
Cranford on the bank AE 1919 of 1924 Cranford on the bank AE 1919 of 1924 "Hurricane" storming up the bank "Hurricane" storming up the bank "Hurricane" on the short freight Cranford on the bank AE 1919 of 1924 Cranford leaves Dilhorne Park with the "Knotty Heritage Train" Steam in the woods: Dubsy approaches... "Lewisham", the Allscott Bagnall 2221 of 1927 Early diesel - Kerr Stuart 4421 of 1929 "Hurricane" at Caverswall Road Real Knotty heritage! Day-glo Bagnall arrives with the heritage train Norman in the woods  RSHN 7086 of 1943 Cranford on the short coal train... ...banked by Dubsy Hurricane on the short coal train Hurricane on the long train Norman blasts up the bank Goodbye Norman