The Battle of Midway

Work this weekend has been focussed on completing Midway Siding – so called because it is Midway along the Field Railway. This siding began life in 2014 for the Tracks to the Trenches event, when it was realised that we needed somewhere to display the non-operational Protected Simplex which was coming from Leighton Buzzard. So, a siding-cum-display plinth was built in extreme haste. The quality of the trackwork reflected the extreme haste. The gradient was like something at Alton Towers, and it had the most extreme joggled rail joint anyone can remember. However, like all railways, we are always short of siding space aty Apedale – so Midway siding stayed. Attemps to actually use it as a proper siding at the November 2015 Military Memories event showed just how hopeless it was. However, it was also recognised that it had potential. So, Midway siding has been rebuilt – much extended, much improved and on a slightly different alignment. Paralleling the main Field Railway, we hop it will allow for some interesting new displays and photos at TTTT2016 in May. Elsewhere on site, the Howard Petrol Loco – flushed with success from its first outing last weekend – was run again for the benefit of its former owner. Strange how all other works grinds to a halt when a new red engine chugs around the corner……