About Us

Steam train arriving at Silverdale station.

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is a 2’0″ gauge railway  operated by the the Moseley Railway Trust. The railway is currently only a few hundred metres long, but we have big plans to extend the railway – see here.

Passengers join trains at our station located next to the Apedale Heritage Centre. The station building used to be located at Silverdale, on the North Staffordshire Railway. The round trip journey takes around 15 minutes.

Trains are hauled by either steam or diesel locomotives from the Trust’s collection, depending on the day (see timetable page for more details). The coaches are also historically interesting – ranging from a replica of a coach used in a north wales slate quarry to a more modern coach formerly operated on the famous Ffestiniog Railway. Some coaches are open and unheated – so if it’s a cold day, wrap up warmly!

We have a well-stocked shop in the main station building. On days when steam locos are operating, we can arrange tours of the main loco shed, when visitors can see many of the Trust’s large collection of locomotives.

We are located next to our colleagues at the Apedale Heritage Centre. The Centre has a free-to-enter museum, and a cafe with a wide range of food and drinks. Tours of a genuine coal mine are available. 

Throughout the year, there are many special events to attract all ages and interest groups.

We are happy to arrange charter trains, even on days when we do not normally operate. As we are staffed only by volunteers, we cannot guarantee to meet every requirement – but please get in touch to discuss your needs, and we’ll do our best!

All of the members of the Moseley Railway Trust look forward to welcoming you to Apedale!

One of the diesels with the passenger train.