The Moseley Railway Trust has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. The Trust has been awarded a grant of £9200. This money will be used to develop an Industrial Railway Trail around the Trust’s site at Apedale, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. This exciting project will allow the Moseley Railway Trust to demonstrate and display its collection of industrial narrow gauge railway locomotives and wagons for the benefit of visitors to Apedale. A key part of the Railway Trail is a new stretch of narrow gauge railway, and construction work has now started on this – the work is being carried out by the Trust’s volunteers. All being well, the new railway will be operational for the “Tracks to the Trenches” gala on September 12, 13 and 14. This event will commemorate the role which small railways played in the First World War – and the new railway, funded by the HLF Sharing Heritage grant will play a key part in this!
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help peopleacross the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
The Moseley Railway Trust is a registered charity. It exists to preserve, conserve and interpret narrow gauge railway locomotives and other artefacts. This work is carried out at the Apedale site by a team of volunteers. The volunteers are a very diverse group of all ages and backgrounds – the Trust prides itself on having an active group of younger members, who are able to learn genuine skills as they carry out work on the site. The Trust arrived on the Apedale site in 2006, and opened a passenger carrying railways, known as the Apedale Valley Light Railway, in 2010. The key current development on site is the construction of a large museum to fully display the Trust’s collections.
Commenting on the award, Phil Robinson, Moseley Railway Trust Chairman said “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant from HLF. It will allow us to improve the Apedale site and also increase the skills and knowledge of all our members. We very much look forward to working with HLF on this project, and hopefully others in the future”.
Reyahn King, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that the Moseley Railway Trust can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”