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. […]

50th anniversary weekend

Many thanks to everyone who came to celebrate our 50th birthday this weekend. It was particularly gratifying to see the various alumni from the School Railway Society. Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend enormously.We are in steam again this coming weekend – September 28 & 29 – in support of the Roman weekend being organised […]

MRT50 – it’s here!

Getting ready for Moseley Railway Trust 50 – 7 locos in steam (a new record, we think), passenger rides on the Field and Our First Loco, on loan from Darlington RPS. How could a 20″ gauge Ruston lead to all this? All happening this Saturday and Sunday, 1030 start, last admission 1600.

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 […]


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 […]