Apedale Update

One should never start by apologising – but sorry for the slight hiatus in publishing updates; this was due to the regular key tapper taking a trip to Germany to carry out research for the Trust’s magazine – Moseley Matters. Available to members four times a year (visit www.mrt.org.uk to become a member). To prove it, one of the photos is NOT taken at Apedale – can you spot it? Anyway, back to home happenings. As we come to the end of the winter maintenance period, many projects are coming to fruition. The steam locos have all been undergoing the annual examinations, and Mr Boiler seems happy. “Stanhope” is in the last year of the current boiler ticket, so best to see it in action this year if you have the chance.
We are building a new concrete loading pad, which is intended to make the movement of rail vehicles on/off the site by lorry easier and safer – sterling work has been done on this, esepcially by some of our younger members, and it is now nearly ready for the concrete pour.
The new coach, ex the Ffestiniog Railway, has run into a couple of engineering issues which have delayed completion – but we are through those now. The second bogie has been fitted back under the coach. This was rather more complicated than it sounds, because the coach stands on a dead-end road, and it’s not possible to run the second bogie all the way under the vehicle. Hence the bogie had to be run down a parallel track, and then traversed across the the track on which the coach stands – what could be simpler?