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Robert Heath No.6 Appeal

This appeal is raising money in aid of the restoration of steam  locomotive Robert Heath No.6,  on behalf of the  NSR Rolling  Stock Restoration Trust (The Knotty Trust: , for operation at the Foxfield Steam  Railway at Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent . 

The Trust have set a initial appeal target of £20,000 in order that restoration may begin and  ring -fenced funds of £12,900 (included in the fundraiser  total as an offline amount)   means that the Trust are within £7000 of the target. 

Initial tasking includes the manufacture of a new smokebox tubeplate and a new set of springs. The locomotive will be cosmetically restored by the  Autumn of 2021. 

The locomotive, known affectionately as 'Old Mr Heath' ,  was built in 1886 at Biddulph , North Staffordshire by  local ironmaster Robert Heath for use at the company's ironworks and collieries at Norton & Biddulph , and is the last surviving locomotive from that builder.

In 1969 No.6 moved into preservation at Shugborough Hall,  and  in 1986 was restored for its centenary use at the National Garden Festival in Stoke-on-Trent and then Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.  After closure of the Mining museum , in 1994 No6 moved to the Foxfield Steam Railway where it operated until 2008 when withdrawn for  overhaul.

The Trust took ownership of No.6 in March 2020.  When fully restored to working order the Trust plan to use the locomotive to haul the NSR Heritage Train based on the Foxfeld Railway.

Every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this project.

Photo by Robin Stewart-Smith shows No.6 at Caverswall Road on the Foxfield Railway in 1994. 

Video by Ben Wiles.


  • Anonymous
    • £25 
    • 4 mos
  • Gift Aid
    • £1,160 (Offline)
    • 7 mos
  • John Cooper
    • £50 
    • 8 mos
  • Peter Stuart
    • £100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Bob Clark
    • £20 
    • 2 yrs


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