The 2’0” gauge Cadeby Light Railway was founded in 1963 by the Rev Teddy Boston; following his death in 1986, the railway was continued by his widow, Audrey Boston, until the Railway held its last public open day in May 2005. Since May 2005, efforts have been made to find a new location for the Railway equipment at Cadeby.
On Tuesday 4th April, Mrs Boston’s two steam locomotives, the Bagnall “Pixie” (WB2090/19) and the standard gauge Peckett locomotive (P2012/41) were collected and moved to a new location. These two locomotives have been sold to a private individual, and it is anticipated that they will form part of the collection at the Hollycombe Steam Collection near Liphook in Hampshire.
The majority of the other 2’0” gauge equipment, including 16 historic diesel & petrol locomotives, will be moving shortly to the Moseley Railway Trust’s new location at the Apedale Heritage Centre, near Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. This equipment is privately owned by a group of individuals. Speaking for this group, Simon Lomax said “We are looking forward to working as part of the Moseley team to develop the new museum and railway, and we wish to publicly express our gratitude to the Moseley Railway Trust for offering the Cadeby equipment a new home”.
It should be noted that there are currently four Moseley Railway Trust locomotives on display as part of the Apedale Heritage Centre museum, and this museum, together with its associated displays of local mining heritage, remains open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am to 4pm.
Mrs Boston continues to reside at the Old Rectory, Cadeby, although the property is for sale. The estate agents for the sale are Country Properties of Hinckley, tel 01455 890898. Readers are asked to note that Mrs Boston’s home and grounds are private property, and to respect her privacy.