On Saturday 17 March 2007, the development of the Moseley Railway Trust’s new site at Apedale, Staffordshire, passed a major milestone with the laying of the first track. Recent weeks have seen significant progress with groundworks to provide a trackbed, and work has now commenced on installing 2’0″ gauge trackwork. The first set of points to be installed will ultimately form one end of the station run-round loop.
The station itself will be a reconstruction of the former North Staffordshire Railway building from nearby Silverdale station. Reconstruction of this station is being undertaken by a team from the Apedale Heritage Centre.
The Moseley Railway Trust (MRT) now expects to continue with tracklaying towards the goal of an operational 2’0″ gauge passenger railway, upon which the Trust’s large collection of historic steam and diesel narrow gauge locomotives can be operated.
Further progress will now depend on successful fundraising. The MRT continues to appeal for funds to allow the development of the Apedale site. All donations, no matter how large or small, are gratefully received, and will allow the MRT to continue to work towards the development of Apedale into a museum site of national importance.
The MRT can be contacted at 11, Ashwood Road, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2EL or visit www.mrt.org.uk