Open Days Update

The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce that the 2009 Open Days at its Apedale site in North Staffordshire will be held on September 12 and 13 2009.
This year’s visiting steam loco will be the Orenstein & Koppel steam loco “Max”. This loco will be making its first visit away from its home at the Statfold Barn Railway, and the Trust wishes to express its thanks to Mr Graham Lee and all the team at Statfold for making the locomotive available. Built in Berlin in 1923, “Max” worked at the Sragi sugar mill in Indonesia until brought to the UK in 2004. Since then the team at Statfold have restored the loco to its current immaculate condition.
The Moseley Railway Trust is currently negotiating for a number of guest diesel locos to join the open day fun – who knows, there may be a few surprises on site.
The Open Days will be the main opportunity this year for the public to come to Apedale and see the progress being made on the construction of the 2’0″ gauge Apedale Valley Light Railway. Although passenger rides will not be available, demonstration trains will be in use, and there will be a unique chance to see and photograph trains in areas which will be off-limits when the railway is open to passengers. The Trust’s huge collection of narrow gauge locomotives, rolling stock and other artefacts will be on display.
There will be a number of trade stands, model railways, a ride-on miniature railway and a 16mm live steam running track. There will also be visiting classic and vintage road vehicles and other machinery.
The Open Days are open from 11.00 to 17.00 both days. Admission is £4 adults, £1 child. A discount will be offered to anyone presenting a ticket from the Eastern European Car Rally at the Foxfield Railway on the same weekend – Foxfield will also a offer reciprocal discount. The Trust’s site is adjacent to the Apedale Heritage Centre, Chesterton, near Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffs – a few minutes from M6 Jcn 16. The Moseley Railway Trust would be pleased to hear from potential exhibitors, especially vintage and veteran commercial vehicles. The Trust can be contacted here.