© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2012
I have to admit that I wasn’t paying
sufficient attention (as ever...).
Checking on the Moseley Railway Trust’s
website and blog revealed that there
would be two steam locos visiting from
Statfold - LM39 (the loco formerly known
as Bronllwyd) and newly-restored
Avonside “Marchlyn”. There would also
be a “Mystery Ruston (never seen before at a public site)”.
It’s still a mystery - I’d completely forgotten about it when
we visited Apedale on Sunday, and only remembered it when I
started to put this page together a few days later. I wonder
what it was?
The theme for the autumn gala at the Apedale Valley
Railway was “Contractors’ Delight”. LM39 (HC1643 of
1930) worked for Surrey County Council on road
projects, before going to Penrhyn (and becoming
Bronllwyd). Marchlyn (Avonside 2067 of 1933), like
resident Stanhope (KS2395 of 1917), worked on a
reservoir contract in County Durham before also going
to Penrhyn. Unlike Stanhope, it went for preservation in the USA
when the Penrhyn railway closed, only
returning to the UK last year. The fourth
steam locomotive in action today would be
the big grey “Joffre” (KS3014 of 1916). I’m
not sure if it ever worked as a contractor’s
loco, but who cares - it’s a fine loco, and
it’s great to see it in action again.
With four locomotives available, there was
an almost constant shuttling back and forth up and down the
running line, passenger trains alternating with freight, changing
engines at each end. But Apedale is about much more than
steam - many of the Trust’s amazing collection of internal
combustion and battery locos were in action too. Several
ventured onto the newly-created field railway, where the lightly-
laid tracks across the grass look as though they’ve
been there for ever - a super recreation of the
industrial narrow gauge as we fondly remember it.
I hardly need to mention that the bacon and cheese
oatcakes were, as always, excellent...
Moseley Railway Trust