Tracks to the Trenches tickets now on sale!

Just a very quick note to let everyone know that advance tickets for Tracks to the Trenches – July 13-15 – are now on sale over at www.ww1-event.org. Why should I buy in advance, I hear you cry? Firstly, you get into the event 30 minutes before everyone else. Secondly, you avoid the queue at the entrance. Thirdly, […]

Welcome to our new website

Thank you for visiting and welcome to the new, shiny Apedale Valley Light Railway Website. So new that parts of it are still packed in polystyrene blocks and need an Allen key to be assembled. For those familiar with the Moseley Railway Trust’s web presence, the news section on www.avlr.org.uk will replace the new area […]

Delusions of Grandeur

Well, Teddy Bears’ weekend has come and gone. Star of today’s photo from the event is Phil the Guard. Here Phil can be seen proudly signalling the train to depart from Apedale Rd Station on the first day back into service of our World War One Kerr Stuart Joffre loco. We have a feeling that […]

A Narrow Gauge Survivor

One of the Kerr Stuarts in service during the conflict  On the centenary of the outbreak of the war to end all wars, we take a look at one veteran of the conflict that is once again in fine fettle. The last time we mentioned our Kerr Stuart Joffre locomotive was back in February, when […]

Nearly Time

The team at Apedale have spent the weekend preparing for the annual Big Weekend at he Apedale Valley Light Railway – this year christened the Stoke Steam Special. If can be be tidied, it’s been tidied, if it can be cleaned it’s been cleaned. One of our volunteers sat still for too long and ended […]

The team at Apedale have spent the weekend preparing for the annual Big Weekend at he Apedale Valley Light Railway – this year christened the Stoke Steam Special. If can be be tidied, it’s been tidied, if it can be cleaned it’s been cleaned. One of our volunteers sat still for too long and ended up in a bin bag. These weekends have always been memorable, and we are sure next weekend will not disappoint. We have, for example, a record breaking collection of model railways, and for the hardened enthusiast, the last remaining parts of the rare Rhiwbach loco have  been re-assembled (but don’t get too excited!). The photos are reminders of previous years – hopefully next weekend will also produce a set of nice pictures.  As ever, get in touch here.

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The Mighty Whites

We’ve been painting a lot of stuff white recently. Firstly there was an ex-McAlpines U skip we painted up for the Gala. More recently, we’ve had a go at the Pickrose battery electric loco. We got this going a couple of months ago following repairs to one of its traction motors. Now the costmetic work […]

Cats and Dogs…

With work proceeding on the Museum foundations, thoughts turned to the exhibits to put in it. Whilst our curator has been busy trying to properly catalogue our vast collection of narrow gauge equipment, we’ve been working to restore some of the more needy items and also pose him an interesting conundrum. One project just started […]

A Sneaky Peek

As you know, at the start of the year the Apedale Apprentices set themselves the challenge of rebuilding a little 10/13 Ruston locomotive within 50 weeks, which was the birth of the project called “Pluto”. It is fair to say that excellent progress has been made against this target, which is sufficiently ahead of plan […]

Oops!

Today’s photo shows a forlorn looking locomotive lying upside down in a swamp in 1996. The photograph was taken by Colin Laidler, who was instrumental in recovering the loco, a painstaking operation which ensured that all surviving parts were located. How it came to be there in the first place is a fascinating story in itself, […]

Remembering

This weekend our thoughts turn to remembrance of the sacrifices made by those who fought so bravely to defend our way of life. Sadly, all those who served in The Great War are no longer with us, making it all the harder to imagine the circumstances in which they found themselves. This was brought home […]