The Moseley Railway Trust is launching a major appeal to raise funds to implement its ambitious development plans for a railway and museum at Apedale, Staffordshire.
In 2006, the Moseley Railway Trust (MRT) reached agreement in 2006 to acquire land and buildings adjacent to the existing Apedale Heritage Centre, in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire. Planning permission has also been granted for what promises to be one of the most exciting development projects in the railway preservation world.
The MRT has a staged plan to develop the Apedale site; existing buildings will be converted to form workshops and amenity block. New buildings will form storage accommodation for the UK’s largest collection of narrow gauge locomotives & wagons. A major museum project is planned, which will allow a rotating display of artefacts and larger exhibits. This will fulfil a major educational and interpretative role for the Trust’s collections. A demonstration line will carry passengers, linking the existing Apedale site to the centre of the nearby Apedale country park.
Phil Robinson, MRT Chairman said “2006 was about laying the foundations for the Apedale development. Now we have to start laying real, concrete foundations. 2007 is the year when the real hard, physical work starts. We have a keen and willing volunteer labour force (although more are always welcome!). What is really needed now is funds and support”.
The MRT estimates that the complete Apedale project will cost of the order of £250,000. Donations are sought from organisations and individuals who may be able to assist – be it monetary or with materials, equipment or other tangible support.
The reward at the end of the project will be a major asset to UK railway preservation, to the local area, and to the celebration of UK industrial heritage in general.
The MRT will acknowledge all support which will be gratefully appreciated.
The MRT can be contacted at 11, Ashwood Road, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2EL or visit www.mrt.org.uk