Endings and beginnings

Last day of the season, and running a steam loco as a small compensation for the cancellation of the Halloween services. Sadly, the weather didn’t really play nicely. However, that didn’t stop the groundwork team from pressing on with the foundations for the new shed – it seems that these guys are impervious to anything […]

End of the Season?

Just to remind people that, with great regret, we will not be operating our Halloween Scary Trains this year. Sadly, we could not devise a way to deliver the experience and remain within the guidance for protecting both our staff and visitors from the pandemic. As a small substitute, we will be operating a steam […]

Between the downpours…..

A very wet day on Saturday saw limited progress. There was inevitable shunt and clear-up following the diesel weekend, along with ministering to the wounded from that event. Amongst the casualties was the unique Type MM Orenstein petrol loco which had a fit of the vapours during the event. Unfortunately, the vapour in question wasn’t […]

Visitors for Smoke without Fire

We are pleased to report that the Smoke without Fire event this weekend will now host two very different visiting locos. The first is a Wingrove & Rogers battery loco, which will visit us from its usual home at a private railway in the North West.Secondly, we are pleased to welcome Motor Rail diesel loco […]

Smoke without Fire – preparations

The casual visitor could have been forgiven for thinking that the Diesel Gala had happened a week early, as many of the fleet were extracted from sheds, tested and fettled. All of this work is to hopefully ensure that next weekend’s operations are as smooth and trouble-free as one would expect when using tempramental machines […]

A bittersweet arrival

We have today welcomed a new locomotive into the collection at Apedale. Such moments are usually a cause for celebration, but in the case it’s rather bittersweet. The locomotive in question is a 48DL Ruston, number 224337 of 1944. The loco was delivered new to the London & North Eastern Railway, and worked on a […]

Smoke Without Fire

Our next event will be the “Smoke without Fire” weekend, October 3 & 4. Nearly wrote “diesel event”, but a look at the roster suggests that battery and petrol-powered locos feature almost as heavily as the Hornsby-Ackroyd heavy oil colleagues. The event will run from 1130 to 1600 on each day, and the loco roster […]

Farewell Joffre

A few photos from Day One of the Farewell Joffre event. The boiler cert expires on 30 September – so tomorrow really is the last day to see this war veteran in steam for some time. The traditional Saturday Night Staff outing this year was Le Mistral – French wagons hauled by two Decauville-designed locos […]

Site Progress

Whilst there has been a lot of focus on the hugely successful Classic Car day (which did stretch the concept of “Classic Car” to a significant degree), there has been a lot of other work going on around the site.The Baldwin Tractor, having gained the Lockdown Project cab, has now had the roof fitted. The […]

Rabbit problems

Many thanks to our volunteers and visitors who came to see us for the Teddy Bear weekend. Our first weekend of socially-distanced steam operation, and a few lessons learnt. Not least that large Rabbits are rather disobedient. Behind the scenes, lots of other work carries on – for example, the Baldwin tractor has recently gained […]