Forthcoming Event – Apedale Valley Light Railway Gala Sept 8th & 9th

Apedale Valley Light Railway

In the Apedale Valley Country Park, Chesterton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

The Moseley Railway Trust is delighted that the Contractor’s Delight Gala on September 8 and  9 will be held at the Apedale Valley Light Railway.

The theme for the September 2012 Gala weekend will be Contractor’s Railways. Until the advent of the dumper truck, most major civil engineering projects would have a narrow gauge railway for materials movements on site – and indeed some still do, especially in the field of tunnel construction.

As ever, there will be a full complement of displays, sales stands and attractions to entertain and delight all the family, young and old including Visiting Locos, Model Railways, Vintage Cars & Lorries, Industrial Displays and much more!

The Trust would be pleased to hear from potential exhibitors.

The Gala will be open from 11.00 to 17.00 on each day. Adult entry will cost £6, Children (2-15) £3

Marchlyn comes to Contractor’s Delight

22 August 2012 The Moseley Railway Trust is delighted to announce a second visiting steam loco at the Contractor’s Delight gala on September 8 and  9. “Marchlyn” is a delightful Avonside side tank. She was new to Durham County Water Board for a dam construction contract. Like Apedale resident “Stanhope”, when the project was complete, it was sold on to Penrhyn Slate Quarries, arriving there in 1936. In 1965, it went for preservation in the USA, returning to Statfold Barn Farm in 2011. The Moseley Railway Trust is very grateful to Graham Lee and the Statfold team for exhibiting this locomotives, and the other visiting loco – Hudswell Clarke “GP39”.

Hudswell Clarke GP39 – Dave Willcock

Contractor’s Delight is shaping up to be a classic Apedale event. A key attraction will be a newly built link across the site between a recreated industrial railway and the main railway network. This link runs across the site of the Museum at Apedale – and work will recommence on the Museum immediately after the Gala. So, if you don’t see trains on this track at this event – you probably never will. Two visiting steamers, the home fleet, lots of other attractions and entry only £6. How can you go wrong? There are a few “Access all Areas” passes left when I write this – check out here for details of these and all other Gala matters.


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