Another busy day at the Apedale Valley Light Railway has seen a number of projects progressed. A broken rail had been noted some time ago on one of the lesser-used extremities of the Field Railway – at the the point known as Loos Loop. Repairing it had become a priority as we have a visit from the Branch Line Society next weekend, and they are keen to visit all the extremities (Debacle Railtours proudly present the Apedale Explorer II). So, with judicous use of the welder and a much improved set of fishplates and new bolts to carry the load, the rail was duly repaired. Meanwhile, Ruston No.29 has been having some attention to its hand start equipment. Unusually for a Ruston, this one is electric start, hence the hand gear had fallen into disuse. However, with 74 locos on site, there are never enough batteries to go round, so it’s useful to be able to hand start the loco. Not sure why quite so many people found this so fascinating, but that’s life. Some of the younger members have been overhauling the wagons we inherited from National Grid at Woodhead. The plan is that these will be used as sleeper carriers when we start extending the railway. We are quite taken by the half-timbered Tudor House look of the new paintwork, doubtless inspired by our neighbours at Little Moreton Hall; in view of the Tudor vibe, it has been decided that the wagons will be named after Henry VIII’s wives. So, meet Catherine of Aragon. I’m sure it’s just the memorial she would have wanted. Get in touch here (unless you are Tudor monarchy).