The Apedale Valley Light Railway is operated by the The Moseley Railway Trust, who’s mission is to preserve, conserve and interpret artifacts from Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways, including locomotives and other vehicles.
From early mining applications and experiments on country estates, the industrial narrow gauge railway came of age during the First World War when it provided the logistical support to armies on all sides and in the theatres of the conflict. The equipment from the war then provided the starting points for applications throughout any industry where large, heavy or bulky items needed to be moved.
The advent of the conveyer belt and the dumper truck rendered most of these industrial railways redundant from the 1960s, but some survive to this day, and still fulfil a vital need. For example, the Channel Tunnel construction railway was narrow gauge; for a time, this was the third largest railway system in the UK (after Network Rail and London Underground). Narrow gauge trains are still used occasionally in civil engineering projects , particularly tunnelling. Significant railways supported projects associated with the 2012 Olympic Games and the London Crossrail scheme.
These railways have existed largely out of the public gaze. The Moseley Railway Trust ensures that this important part of Britain’s industrial past will be preserved and remembered for future generations.