The Moseley Railway Trust is delighted to announce that they are the recipients of a grant from the Co-Op Community Fund.
The Co-Op Community Fund allows communities to support local good causes. Every time a Co-Op member buy Co-op branded products and services – from buying a loaf of bread to planning a funeral – 1% of their spend goes to a local cause.
The Moseley Railway Trust will be using the money from the Community Fund to support the overhaul of a new coach for the Apedale Valley Light Railway. The railway is a 2’0” gauge narrow gauge railway which is operated by volunteer members of the Trust. The coach was acquired in 2015 from the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. However, the coach has needed extensive work to allow it to operate at Apedale. This work is continuing, but it includes overhaul of the running gear, a new braking system, a new electrical system and a really good clean! This coach will be first fully-enclosed passenger vehicle to operate on the Apedale Valley Light Railway. All of the work will be carried out by volunteer members of the Moseley Railway Trust, thus providing useful learning and training opportunities, particularly for the younger members.
Phil Robinson, Chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, said “We are really grateful to the Co-Op for their support. Our customers have told us that they would like an enclosed coach for the journey, and hopefully we can provide that for them. So, we need local people to register as Co-Op members and select the Moseley Railway Trust as their chosen Good Cause”.
The Apedale Valley Light Railway will be operating Santa Special trains on December 10, 11, 17 and 18 2016, and will then open for the 2017 Season on 1st April 2017.