Trees and Timber

Another busy (and cold) weekend at Apedale. The annual servicing of the coaching stock was finally finished, and the train assembled ready for the Santas. Down the line, the last of the sleeper changes were being carried out – typically, around 10 sleepers need to be changed as life-expired at the end of each season, […]

Winter Maintenance

The Winter Maintenance Programme is in full swing at the moment. Main PW task so far has been checking and greasing fishplates on the main running line – a dirty and thankless task, but very necessary, Next week, the team move on to the glamorous task of sleeper changes – they can hardly wait. Meanwhile, […]

Member’s Day

Member’s Day at Apedale, which is a chance to reflect and discuss on the season just gone – many things went well, but there are always things to be learnt. The traditional Cannonball Express ran (eventually) in the afternoon, with a distinctly Germanic feel. On one end was the baby Orenstein petrol loco, number 4588, […]

Wheely Good

A major hurdle was overcome in the restoration of Motor Rail 21520. You may (or may not) recall that arguably the biggest issue with this loco when it arrived at Apedale was the terrible condition of the wheelsets. It had worked in the peat industry, which is not noted of tender loving care of assets. […]

50th anniversary weekend

Many thanks to everyone who came to celebrate our 50th birthday this weekend. It was particularly gratifying to see the various alumni from the School Railway Society. Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend enormously.We are in steam again this coming weekend – September 28 & 29 – in support of the Roman weekend being organised […]

MRT50 – it’s here!

Getting ready for Moseley Railway Trust 50 – 7 locos in steam (a new record, we think), passenger rides on the Field and Our First Loco, on loan from Darlington RPS. How could a 20″ gauge Ruston lead to all this? All happening this Saturday and Sunday, 1030 start, last admission 1600.

Roger & Rishra

We are delighted to announce two further visiting steam locos for our 50th anniversary gala on September 21 & 22. Courtesy of Graham Lee and the team at Statfold, Kerr, Stuart Wren number 3128 “Roger” will be making a very welcome return visit to Apedale. This loco was last at Apedale in 2017, when it […]

Santa Bookings Now Open

The nights are drawing in and kids are back at school (mostly). That can only mean one thing. Yes, we are OPEN for bookings for Santa at Apedale. This year, Santa will be with us on 14, 15, 21 and 22 December. Please book ahead – we are usually sold out by early December. The […]

Friends Reunited

2019 sees the 50th anniversary of the school club which led to today’s Moseley Railway Trust and Apedale Valley Light Railway. 1969 saw the first horse tram operation at the Cheadle (Manchester) school. In 1970, it was realised that the school railway society needed a locomotive to relieve the burden on that horse. In July […]


It was a seriously busy weekend at Apedale. On Saturday and Sunday, we hosted the “Leafers at t’pit” Land Rover rally. “Leafers” refers to older Land Rovers which have leaf, as opposed to coil, springs. Apparently that matters a lot in the world of Land Rovers (except to the producers of a certain Land Rover […]