To Boldly Go……

…where no Ruston has been before. These are the voyages of the starship “Vanguard”. Actually rather a second rate starship; Captain Kirk’s Enterprise was powered by Dilithium Crystals and had two warp nacelles, whereas Vanguard has a 20hp two-cylinder diesel engine. Nonetheless, Vanguard has indeed boldly gone where no Ruston has been before. For various reasons, the railway on the Moseley Railway Trust’s site at Apedale has been in two disconnected sections. The push is now on to join these two sections, and this has entailed the rather delicate task of of track laying in the limited space between the new footpath fence and the Aurora North storage shed. The pre-assembled track panels were brought to site on a flat wagon using Vanguard. The Trust’s crane, having been very careful threaded into place, was then used to lift the panels into place. What could be easier? And so the main line of the Apedale Valley Light Railway grew substantially today, and at the end of the day’s work, Vanguard was able to set a new record for the furthest North travelled by an MRT loco at Apedale. The gap to link the two railways is now about 40′, so two sections of track will now be built in-situ to close this. This will then finally allow rail access to the roadside tramway section, which we are hoping will be a prominent part of the September 12 & 13 Open Days at Apedale. If you fancy coming along and helping with this type of thing, come along or contact us here. The ability to confidently split infinitives is a definite benefit.