Hasta La Vista, Mine Spur

The arrival of ex-FR coach 117 at Apedale has created something of a space crisis; it’s a big vehicle, and the desire to accomodate it under cover has led to other – equally worthy – items having to live out of doors for the time being. The eventual resolution to this space problem witll be the museum building, but that is some years away. So, a short term fix is the impending arrival on site of another ISO shipping container. We have therefore commenced the task of re-modelling the trackwork near the wagon traverser to allow rail access to the container when it arrives. This has meant re-working a fair bit of the track which was laid last year, and the removal of the Mine Spur. Already, it seems that the Mine Spur Preservation Group has been formed to oppose the closure and work towards its reinstatement, promising to recreate a Lost Age of Steam and Nostalgia. Doubtless they will be queing to come and assist in the rather moist conditions for which this part of the site is somewhat prone. One of the few trains to venture along the Mine Spur can be seen in one of the pictures.