SJ9542 : Bellerophon on the Foxfield Railway

taken 4 months ago, near to Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Bellerophon on the  Foxfield Railway
Bellerophon on the Foxfield Railway

Bellerophon was one of six almost identical locomotives built for the Haydock Collieries between 1868 and 1887, Bellerophon herself being completed in 1874. Being the only survivor of the class, she is unique, not only for having Stephenson/Gooch valve gear but because she is the last of the only six engines ever built at the Haydock Foundry.

Bellerophon and the others (named Makerfield, Parr, Golborne, Hercules and Amazon) worked faithfully for many years. Amazon was the first to go, in 1935, with the others being taken into ownership by the National Coal Board upon nationalisation. By 1964 Bellerophon was the only survivor and in that year was sent for scrapping. At the last minute she was rescued and arrived on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and stored at Oxenhope SE0335 : Bellerophon, at Oxenhope loco shed In 1981 she was purchased by Vintage Carriages Trust from the KWVR for 1 and restoration work commenced. LinkExternal link

At present the locomotive is on loan to the Foxfield Railway where she is about to travel from Caverswall Road to Dilhorne Park.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 9 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Place (from Tags)
Caverswall Road  Blythe Bridge 
Date (from Tags)
1874  1935  1964  1981 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9577 4203 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.5362N 2:3.8665W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9576 4203
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Foxfield Railway  Steam Locomotive  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway  Vintage Carriages Trust 

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