Santa – running early this year

Santa has come early at Apedale. Actually, we;re not completely convinced it was the Real Santa, because it seems he has swapped the sleigh for a hi-ab lorry. But no matter, we tore off the wrapping paper, and it’s just what we asked for in our Santa Letter – a batch of ex-South Africa wagon bogies. I bet Santa’s sleigh goes a bit quicker now he’s unloaded that lot. They won’t all be staying at Apedale; a pair are for the Golden Valley Light Railway, and two are headed back to the Ffestiniog Railway. The main use for us (and our our friends at GVLR) will be to fit under the ex-Ffestiniog coaches to replace the “temporary” set currently in place. All this goes to prove is that it’s worth being Nice, not Naughty.