The Moseley Railway Trust is delighted to announce a second visiting steam loco at the Contractor’s Delight gala on September 8 and 9. “Marchlyn” is a delightful Avonside side tank. She was new to Durham County Water Board for a dam construction contract. Like Apedale resident “Stanhope”, when the project was complete, it was sold on to Penrhyn Slate Quarries, arriving there in 1936. In 1965, it went for preservation in the USA, returning to Statfold Barn Farm in 2011. The Moseley Railway Trust is very grateful to Graham Lee and the Statfold team for exhibiting this locomotives, and the other visiting loco – Hudswell Clarke “GP39”.
Contractor’s Delight is shaping up to be a classic Apedale event. A key attraction will be a newly built link across the site between a recreated industrial railway and the main railway network. This link runs across the site of the Museum at Apedale – and work will recommence on the Museum immediately after the Gala. So, if you don’t see trains on this track at this event – you probably never will. Two visiting steamers, the home fleet, lots of other attractions and entry only £6. How can you go wrong? There are a few “Access all Areas” passes left when I write this – check out here for details of these and all other Gala matters.