Development

With Santas out of the way, and the bulk of the Winter Maintenance Programme completed, we are now focussing on what might be termed development projects.FR120, the ex-Ffestiniog Railway coach is now a prime focus. This vehicle will join FR117 in providing a “wet weather” train. The conversion to operate at Apedale will be much […]

First Movement

The workshop team have been busy over the Xmas period, and the key achievement has been reaching the “first movement” stage with Motor Rail 21520. This loco came to us in August 2017 with no engine, a broken gearbox and a set of very, very poorly wheels. It had last worked at a peatworks on […]

Happy Christmas

Just a very quick post to thank all our members, friends, visitors and supporters for 2019. The Santa Season is now complete, ad we have but one further operating day in 2019, which is Saturday December 28th for the Mince Pie steam trains. The Moseley Railway Trust wishes everyone reading this a happy Christmas and […]

Santa Booking Update

Santa bookings update – The remaining seats for 21/22 December will be released on Saturday 21st December at 9am. Bookings can be made either in person at the station or by phone to 0845 094 1953..between 9am-5pm on Saturday or Sunday, subject to availability. Payment must be made at time of booking (card payment is […]

How to book for Santa

We’ve had a few enquiries about how to book the remaining seats for the Santa Trains. You can see which trains have availability at https://santa.avlr.org.uk/santastep1.phpBookings for this Saturday and Sunday (14th and 15th) are still available online at the reduced price of £6 adults + £7.50 children until midnight tonight (Friday 13th). Book at https://santa.avlr.org.uk/santastep1.phpBookings […]

FR120 – a start is made

It’s the last weekend before the onslaught of the Santa Season, so plenty was happening at Apedale this weekend. After all the track works, checks were made with the Yellow Trolley to ensure that all was well – fortunately, nothing was found amiss. With that done, we moved onto what will be one of the […]

Trees and Timber

Another busy (and cold) weekend at Apedale. The annual servicing of the coaching stock was finally finished, and the train assembled ready for the Santas. Down the line, the last of the sleeper changes were being carried out – typically, around 10 sleepers need to be changed as life-expired at the end of each season, […]

Winter Maintenance

The Winter Maintenance Programme is in full swing at the moment. Main PW task so far has been checking and greasing fishplates on the main running line – a dirty and thankless task, but very necessary, Next week, the team move on to the glamorous task of sleeper changes – they can hardly wait. Meanwhile, […]

Member’s Day

Member’s Day at Apedale, which is a chance to reflect and discuss on the season just gone – many things went well, but there are always things to be learnt. The traditional Cannonball Express ran (eventually) in the afternoon, with a distinctly Germanic feel. On one end was the baby Orenstein petrol loco, number 4588, […]

Wheely Good

A major hurdle was overcome in the restoration of Motor Rail 21520. You may (or may not) recall that arguably the biggest issue with this loco when it arrived at Apedale was the terrible condition of the wheelsets. It had worked in the peat industry, which is not noted of tender loving care of assets. […]