The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce that the theme of the 2015 Apedale Valley Light Railway Gala will be Locos from Leeds. In a departure from previous practice, the event will be held in May 2015 – May 16 and 17 to be exact.
Phil Robinson, Moseley Railway Trust Chairman said When we reviewed the success of the September 2014 Tracks to the Trenches Gala, we identified that September was becoming saturated with events aimed at the railway enthusiast. We have therefore taken the decision to move the date of the 2015 Locos from Leeds Gala to May 16 and 17. We are hoping that this will increase the number of visitors, as there will be fewer competing railway events at that time of year.
The Locos from Leeds theme has been chosen to showcase the Trust’s newly restored Hudswell Clarke steam locomotive, and also the other Leeds-built items in the collection. Leeds was famous for being home to several locomotive builders, including Hunslet, Hudswell and John Fowler – and various Leeds-built locos are held in the Trust collection. However, Leeds was also home to one of the most famous names in narrow gauge history – Robert Hudson Ltd. Hudson did not build (many) locomotives, but manufactured just about everything else – track, wagons etc. which would be need to establish a narrow gauge railway system. Their catalogues have become legendary collector’s items – a bit like an Argos catalogue covering railways! Hudson supplied locomotives which were built by others – for example, the Trust Hudswell steam locomotive was supplied to its original purchaser in Africa via Robert Hudson Ltd.
As is traditional now at Apedale Galas, there will be a full complement of model railways and trade stands for the entertainment of visitors. The replica World War One Trench system – built for the Tracks to the Trenches event – will be open for visitors, with military re-enactor groups working to bring to life the experiences of soldiers in that conflict.
The Trust would be delighted to hear from anyone with a Leeds-built item that they may wish to exhibit at the event.
The event will be open from 1100 to 1700 on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 May. Entry prices are Adults £6 and Children £3. The popular “Access All Areas” passes will once again be available, priced at £15. These passes are made available in limited numbers and allow access to otherwise off-limits part of the site for the serious enthusiast photographer. All tickets will be available for purchase on the gate, or in advance. Details of advance ticket purchase release will be advised in due course.
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