First day of the Season

Another busy and productive day at the Apedale Valley Light Railway. Today was the first day of the 2019 passenger operating season. Prior to this, the Low Speed Track Recording Vehicle had an outing just to make sure the track was in tip-top condition after Winter maintenance. The advertised service was diesel-hauled, but a steam loco was also used as part of a Fireman’s training course. The trainer seemed impressed by his tranche of trainees, and deems them close to being fully accredited pyromaniacs. Elsewhere, some serious manual earthmoving was done as part of an effort to continue progressing the Field Railway; the next aspiration is to provide a run-round loop at its current southern extremity – this area is known as Loos Loop. In the same area, a shunt was undertaken into one of the containers, which meant a few rarely-seen locos emerged briefly, blinking, into the day light. These included the rare Motor Rail 7522 – unfortunately not a runner due to serious engine damage, one of the ex-Bishopton Hunslets (no.8827), and finally the Wickham Target Trolley.