The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to report that the organisation of the May 16 and 17 2015 “Locos from Leeds” gala is proceeding to plan. A key part of this is confirmation of the line-up of visiting locomotives.
The 2015 steam visitor will be Hudswell Clarke 1056 of 1914. This locomotive is visiting courtesy of the Statfold Barn Railway. Imported from Fiji in 2012, this saddle tank locomotive is the classic Hudswell Clarke Loco from Leeds.
Also from Statfold will be one of the characterful Hudson Go-Go Tractors. Built in the 1930s, these locos used a Fordson Tractor mounted in a heavy cast frame for rail use. Unfortunately, whilst they had several forward gears, reverse was notoriously slow!
Finally, the UK’s second surviving Hudson MiniLoco will be at Apedale, exhibited courtesy of its owner in Leicestershire. The Moseley Railway Trust has the only other such loco in its collection – so this will be a chance to see the entire production run of these 1969 diesel locos in one place. The visiting loco has been at a private railway for some years, so the May Gala will present a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to see this particular loco.
Phil Robinson, Moseley Railway Trust Chairman said – This is shaping up to be a classic Railway Gala. Hopefully, we will have attractions to interest everyone!.
There will be a full complement of model railways and trade stands for the entertainment of visitors. The replica World War One Trench system – built for the Tracks to the Trenches event – will be open for visitors, with military re-enactor groups working to bring to life the experiences of soldiers in that conflict.
The Trust remains keen to hear from anyone with a Leeds-built item that they may wish to exhibit at the event.
The event will be open from 1100 to 1700 on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 May. Entry prices are Adults £6 and Children £3. The popular Access All Areas passes will once again be available, priced at £15. These passes are made available in limited numbers and allow access to otherwise off-limits part of the site for the serious enthusiast photographer. All tickets will be available for purchase on the gate, or in advance. Details of advance ticket purchase release will be advised in due course. As ever, get in touch here.