Category Archives: Apedale Valley Light Railway News

News about the railway at the Apedale site.

Dutch Tank….

 

One of the higher profile peices of WW1 rolling stock based at Apedale is the restored & serviceable British Class H Watertank wagon. The basis of the rebuild was a water tank discovered at the Nocton potato farm which grows for Smith’s Crisps (the blue packets of salt are grown somewhere else). This tank was then re-united with an underframe and a set of bogies to recreate an unusual, interesting and very useful wagon. Class H in use!

Useful because its huge capacity can quench the thirst of any steam loco or passing traction engine, as the photo shows. The tank wagon (along with a locomotive) is provisionally booked to spend next summer as part of an exhibition at the Dutch National Railway Museumin Utrecht. We are quite flattered that the Utrecht people are so keen to deal with little old us at Apedale. We are hoping that the water tank won’t make the rest of their exhibits look too tatty in comparison. Incidentally, the shunting puzzle on their website is highly recommend. Click on this and say goodbye to the rest of the evening.

Welcome to the new Tracks to the Trenches – 2014 website!

joffre_apedale_roadThis is the new website to provide a focus and build-up towards the major WW1 commemoration event held over 13/14th September 2014 weekend at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s site near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.

There is a high likliehood that the event may actually span 3-4 days – with School visits, Photographic charters & coach parties being strongly encouraged. Please contact us if this is of interest.

There are lots of other items and opportunities that will start to present themselves too. We are also keen to have discussions with Television/Film production companies who may be interested in working with us during this construction & gala creation.

We are also keen to make contact with any current Army units that might be able to assist us too please!

Please bookmark this site & watch for the regular updates as the developments progress.

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is the public railway and museum site of the Moseley Railway Trust.