Roger & Rishra

We are delighted to announce two further visiting steam locos for our 50th anniversary gala on September 21 & 22. Courtesy of Graham Lee and the team at Statfold, Kerr, Stuart Wren number 3128 “Roger” will be making a very welcome return visit to Apedale. This loco was last at Apedale in 2017, when it […]

Santa Bookings Now Open

The nights are drawing in and kids are back at school (mostly). That can only mean one thing. Yes, we are OPEN for bookings for Santa at Apedale. This year, Santa will be with us on 14, 15, 21 and 22 December. Please book ahead – we are usually sold out by early December. The […]

Friends Reunited

2019 sees the 50th anniversary of the school club which led to today’s Moseley Railway Trust and Apedale Valley Light Railway. 1969 saw the first horse tram operation at the Cheadle (Manchester) school. In 1970, it was realised that the school railway society needed a locomotive to relieve the burden on that horse. In July […]

Leafers

It was a seriously busy weekend at Apedale. On Saturday and Sunday, we hosted the “Leafers at t’pit” Land Rover rally. “Leafers” refers to older Land Rovers which have leaf, as opposed to coil, springs. Apparently that matters a lot in the world of Land Rovers (except to the producers of a certain Land Rover […]

Field Railway On Trial

As part of the preparations for the Moseley 50th Gala – September 21 & 22 – we’ve been conducting a series of tests on the Field Railway. The Field Railway is normally used solely for demonstration trains. However, for the 50th Gala, for one weekend only, we are going to allow passengers to ride the […]

Mellow Yellow

A couple of unusual shunts today allowed two of the current projects to have their photos taken. Motor Rail 22045 – the middle of the Yellow Line-up – is having a light overhaul and upgrade. Essentially, some of the niggly problems which the loco has had over the years are being sorted – for example, […]

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 […]