The Foxfield Railway Trust based at Blythe Bridge will receive on Wednesday 13th April the last surviving North Staffordshire Railway design steam locomotive from the National Collection, currently housed at the National Railway Museum. The 64 ton “New L” class 0-6-2 T was built in Stoke and dates from the 1920’s. Anthony Coulls, Senior Curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “The National Railway Museum feel that the Foxfield Railway is a very appropriate home for the locomotive as it is a locally significant item built in Stoke and fits in with the growing collection of North Staffordshire Railway rolling stock at the railway. In addition, it fits the industrial and colliery railway ethos of the Staffordshire attraction, whose profile has been significantly raised by the activities of the Knotty Coach Trust. “ The Foxfield Trust are delighted that this iconic locomotive has been able to return to its birth place where it will be housed in the museum building and put on immediate display. Operating all over the North Staffordshire Railway system including the Potteries loop line the Locomotive was absorbed into the London, Midland & Scottish railway in 1923, continuing in use until 1937. Local duties would have undoubtedly included working to the Foxfield Railway exchange sidings at Blythe Bridge, returning empty coal wagons for replenishment at the colliery and taking full loads away for use by local industry. In 1937 the locomotive was sold to the Manchester Collieries Ltd where it worked heavy coal trains around the Walkden Area until 1965. In 1960 however a break from its colliery duties took place when it was restored as NSR no 2 and was displayed in Stoke goods yard to participate in the Jubilee celebrations of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, the livery was retained when the locomotive returned to the NCB. Preservation at Shugborough Hall in 1967 and more recently as part of the NRM’s collection at Shildon the Locomotive now has a new chapter opening up as Foxfield plan a series of events this year to welcome the engine home. The locomotive is to undergo detailed assessment before a full restoration to working order takes place. The locomotive will be on display at its new home for the first time on Sunday 24th April, the date coinciding with the first run this year of the Knotty Heritage Train behind Bellerophon.