Out and About

We don’t often feature railways other than the Moseley Railway Trust’s home at Apedale. But just for once, we’ll make an exception. The baby O&K, finished just in time, has had a day out at the Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester. The event was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Cadeby Light Railway. The O&K was restored at Cadeby, coming to Apedale after Cadeby closed in 2005. The team at Leicester acquired another of the Cadeby fleet – a petrol Lister, which ran at the New Star brickworks, not far from the Abbey Pumping Station. The steam loco at Leicester is a very close cousin of Cadeby’s famous “Pixie”. They are both from the same batch of 6×9 Bagnalls, and are just three apart in the works number sequence. The O& behaved impeccably, which is most unusual for a petrol loco – these are frequently the most temperamental of beasts – which was a real testament to the work of the late John Lucas, who carried out the original restoration of the Baby at Cadeby in the 1980s. And yes, before you ask, that is a space rocket in the background – the National Space Centre adjoins the APS site. So, a big thank you to all at APS!!