Golden Anniversary

The Moseley Railway Trust will be entering its second half century in 2019! Way back in 1969, a school teacher had the idea of building a railway as an educational project. The school was at Cheadle, near Stockport. The first railway consisted of a few yards of track, a tramcar converted from a wagon used […]

Kidbrooke

We are pleased to announce that our special event marking the 50th anniversary of the Trust (and its predecessors) will be graced by the presence of the Bagnall locomotive “Kidbrooke”. Built in 1917, this locomotive is normally based at the Yaxham Light Railway in Norfolk. The visit to Apedale will be one of a few […]

Swords to Ploughshares and looking ahead

Thank you very much to everyone who came to see us for Swords to Ploughshares; we hope the sun burn is healing nicely? Time to look ahead now. Our next event is “Heroes and Heroines” – a family-focussed opportunity for kids to dress up – on July 13 & 14. The August Bank Holiday weekend […]

One in, one out

Despite rapidly deteriorating weather, this evening has seen a big arrival at Apedale. Our second ex-Ffestiniog Railway coach, no.120, has made the journey from Wales to Staffordshire. Unloading was completed before the heavens opened, which was no bad thing considering that it currently has no brakes. It seemed quite at home stood in the yard […]

Point Problems

An update on progress on the Loos Loop project. You will recall that a new embankment has been built to allow the Field railway to be extended. Part of this also makes the far-end loop (the Loos Loop) into an actual loop, rather than a pair of parallel single-ended sidings. A new set of points […]

Testing Edgar

An aspect of railway operations not often covered is how new vehicles are brought into use. The older hands will tell you that “The Railway Inspectorate Approves Things”. They are wrong. The comfortable old regime was that a chap would turn up from HMRI, have a cup of tea, and the agree (after a discussion) […]

The Bus Replacement Service

Bit of a take-over by the rubber-tyre boys today. Not the Paris Metro, but the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society who held their annual rally on our event field. And a remarkable sight it was too, with the field covered in buses of all conceivable shapes and sizes. To someone whose knowledge of buses is limited […]

Chesterton Co-Op donates defibrillator to volunteer railway

CThe Chesterton Co-Op has donated a defibrillator machine to the Moseley Railway Trust. Defibrillators can significantly improve the likely outcome for an individual who suffers a heart attack. The machine has now been installed at the Trust’s premises at the Apedale Valley Light Railway. Phil Robinson, the chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, said “We […]

Shifting Earth

Both regular visitors to this page will have seen the rather painful manual approach being taken to extending the Field Railway. The levels in the vicinity of the project meant that an embankment was needed, which needs fill; the fill, unfortunately, was quite a long way away across the site. The Luminous Dumper was able […]

Stanhope starts

Pretty terrible weather, especially on the Saturday, rather limited outdoor working this weekend. Attention was focused on our flagship locomotive, “Stanhope”. This locally built loco (Kerr, Stuart) reached the end of its ten year boiler certification in 2018. Work has now started in earnest on the strip-down to remove the boiler, which will then be […]