To paraphrase the late, great Humphrey Lyttelton “The Fireman of Time is raking out the ashes from the Firebox of Destiny”. Yes, it’s time to stop thinking about the Open weekend, and we need to knuckle down and get a passenger railway built. But let’s just have a quick retrospective on the event. Six months planning, and some very late nights by the organisers, allowed somewhere in the region of 700 visitors to get their first taste of what the Moseley Railway Trust can do on the Apedale site. For many of the visitors, it was their first contact with the MRT since the days of the Cheadle school railway, which closed way back in 1998. Certainly, the vast majority of the locomotive stock has not been seen in public since those times.
If you were one of our visitors, we’d like to say a big thank you for your support. All feedback on the event would be welcome – contact us here. With a following wind, 2009 will see a passenger railway open at Apedale, and hopefully we’ll see many of our visitors back again. In the meantime, there will be one last chance to visit the site later this year – watch this site for details, which will be announced in a couple of days.