The flagship of the Apedale Valley Light Railway locos fleet – Kerr Stuart 2395 “Stanhope” – has been spending some time on its holidays recently. A visit to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland railways produced some epic exploits, and these have been well documented elsewhere. But it’s back to reality now, and Stanhope once again rests safe and well in the locomotive shed at Apedale. The cognoscenti will note the rather splendid new paint job, courtesy of the Boston Lodge paintshop, and a revised “Penrhyn Quarry” lining scheme. All in all, the roving ambassador has done a fine job at raising the profile of Apedale amongst the Welsh – and all done without a Ferro Rocher in sight. Which is a pity, as the Owner is not known to refuse chocolate of any sort. Which brings us neatly to remind everyone that the first trains for 2013 at Apedale will be on Saturday 30th March for the Easter Egg Hunt when all concerned will be OD’ing on Cream Eggs and suffering the behavioural consequences. Get in touch here for more details or to tell us about your behavioural consequences.