Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT ‘Bellerophon’ is rarely seen at the Railway these days having been on a long vacation to the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. Owned by the Vintage Carriages Trust, the locomotive was the subject of repair work last year carried out at the South Devon Railway, and is again gainfully employed at work at its current home.
Last weekend was the Foxfield Railway Gala when the engine was hard at work with mineral wagons on the testing gradients that the railway is duly well known for. Regular contributor, Kenneth Baker, took leave from his trackside position with trusty companion, Penny, and traded the miserable Worth Valley weather for equally miserable Staffordshire. However, just like West Yorkshire, Sunday was by far a better proposition for the photographer and we are pleased to show Ken’s images of ‘Bellerophon’ pulling up the grade.
However, it is leaving the Foxfield Railway for a short time to visit the 2014 Steam Rally at Welland, in Worcestershire, on 24th to 27th July inclusive. The loco will be operating with a brake van on the site’s small standard-gauge railway throughout each day. This rally is the 50th one on this site and is thus a special occasion and VCT is delighted to be able to support the Ross & Wye Steam Engine Society on this great occasion.