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Motor Rail 1320 and a Bomb Wagon

We’ve not see Motor Rail 1320 for a little whil on this page – this is the First World War loco which was “improved” post war by having a new diesel engine fitted to it with all the engineering subtletly of a bull in a china shop.With the help of a PRISM grant, the loco is undergoing a full restoration to “as at quarry” condition, to make an interesting comparision to the “Tin Turtle” MR1369 which is in “as built” condition, more or less. Good progress has been made, and today saw the loco make a rare out of doors appearance. The bodywork framing has been fitted, which is always a joyous experience for all concerned. The key tasks remaining are to complete the radiator re-build, make and fit the body panels, and – biggest of all – re-fit the engine. The engine is currently away with a specialist contractor. Opportunity was also taken to photograph another restoration project coming along very nicely – a rebuild of a Hudson-built RAF Bomb wagon from the Fauld depot. This one was formerly part of the passenger train at Cadeby, many years ago.

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 19 November 2017

2017 October - Talyllyn Hallowe'en Scarefest

Our annual Steam’n’Scream trains ran between 26 and 29 October


After a Hallowe’en Feast in King’s Cafe, our passengers took a ride to Dolgoch Haunted Woods with plenty of scary surprises along the way. 

As usual, all the costumes looked amazing!

Many thanks to everyone who made Wharf look super spooky.

Photos by Darren Turner.

No 6 Douglas and the Hallowe'en train at Wharf
Your loco crew for the night!
Hallowe'en feast in progress in King's Cafe, Wharf
Some of our passengers in their fantastically scary outfits
Witches and werewolves!
Bert the skeleton back at Brynglas - ready to scare the loco crews!

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 4 November 2017

Press Release Time!

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 3 November 2017

Lyme Lottery

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. A new way of supporting the Trust is by buying tickets for the Lyme Lottery – this is run by our local authority, and is a new scheme to support charities in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Better odds than the National Lottery, and much more of the money goes to good causes. If you win big, please send us a postcard…..’t-miss-the-first-draw%20-%20digital.pdf

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 29 October 2017

Talyllyn Railway's Open Carriages Appeal


Open Carriages Appeal

After being in service of 50 or so years, our four open carriages now need replacing. The expected cost for each carriage is £50,000 – our target is to raise £200,000 altogether. The work will include new bodies and refurbishing the chassis for a more comfortable ride. We’ll also make the carriages wheelchair accessible so even more people can enjoy riding in them. 

Please visit the Open Carriages Appeal Page to find out more and how to donate. 

Open Carriages Appeal
Our Open Carriages are popular with all our passengers

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 23 October 2017

Local Lad made good

Despite the dire weather predictions, it’s been a busy weekend at Apedale. We were honoured to host a visit by the owner of Lister 10805. The loco worked very locally to Apedale at Springfields Tileworks – predictably, now the site of a supermarket. The owner, on the other hand, had come from rather further afield – Norway to be specific. The loco is normally based at the West Lancashire Light Railway, and we are grateful to both the owner and the WLLR team for allowing a “local lad” to visit its old stamping ground for a few weeks.
Elsewhere, significant progress was made by the team of younger members on Motor Rail 21520 – a recent arrival. The wheels are a tiny bit on the tired side, so the loco has been turned over with a view to removal of the wheelsets.

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 22 October 2017

2017 October - Long Weekend Outdoor Update

Friday Tasks

•Ty Mawr———Picked up the Quarry Siding West turnout bearers and remaining long uncut bearers.

•Unloaded the plastic buckets into the orange hut at Cynfal

•Unload the turnout bearers at Quarry Siding

•East of Quarry Siding loop – located a site, built a crib and unloaded the other long bearers with batons between them.

•Crowed one of the Quarry Siding stock rails

•Loaded the crossing for the new turnout and the crow frame + nose And took to Pendre.

•Investigated the watercourses in the milepost 5 ¾ area.

•Tidied the Quarry Siding shed entrance area

•Concentrated the track fixings in Quarry Shed

•Laid out the sleepers at resleepering site by 4 ½ milepost

•Found spanners for taking the turnout crossing apart at Quarry siding

•Brought down enough of the ex Network sleepers for the sidings

•Swapped one of the switch blades with a better from at Ty Mawr

•Brought down two ex Trecwn softwood sleepers for replacing two defective steps at Cynfal

•Sorted out the mud in the entrance to Rhydyronen

•Moved the cement mixer from Wharf to store at Pendre

Saturday – Monday Tasks

•At Brynglas prepared some displaced rails for loading

•At Brynglas investigated a drainage issue just west of the loop

•At Brynglas loaded a surplus sleeper to go into stock at Quarry Siding

•Placed the telecoms wire behind the fixings West of Brynglas loop

•Returned all the skates to Pendre for attention

•Offloaded and appropriately distributed the scrap, rubbish and sleepers at Wharf

•Returned the tools, firewood, fishplate nuts and bolts to store at Pendre

•Ty Mawr Loaded the other two sets of turnout bearers and took them to Wharf

•Raked up a lot of the cut grass in the memorial garden

• Strimmed the drive at Abergynolwyn

•Strimmed the playground at Abergynolwyn

•Leaf blowing the drive and entrance at Abergynolwyn

•Leaf blowing the track in the platform area at Abergynolwyn

•Removed another five 1 ton bags of stones from Cynfal stream (That’s twelve this year!). We also put another ton of stone on the boflat for use at Wharf

•Returned the empty dredging buckets to Quarry Siding

•Fuelled the Bobcat

•Obtained the required measurements on the creep bridge at Brynglas

•Loaded the ex trecwn turnout sleepers from the rail stacks

•Offloaded the sleepers at Wharf after moving the long softwoods

•Rodded the drain at the west end of the loop

•Measured and paired the curved BS50 rails for the Wharf south side sidings

•Fitted two of the museum wagon protector tops

•Removed the concrete from around the base of a Limit of Shunt post

Update and photos by Keith Theobald

Loading sleepers at Ty Mawr
Strimming work completed at Rhydyronen
Cynfal Stream - lots of rubble removed!
No 1 Talyllyn on a down train at Brynglas

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 12 October 2017

Diesel Delights preparation

A busy day at Apedale getting ready for the Diesel Delights event next weekend. We have already taken delivery of three visiting locos from our friends at the West Lancashire Light Railway – a large Motor Rail, a Hunslet and a very charecterful petrol-engined Lister. The Lister is almost returning home, as it worked at Springfield Tileries, which was not too far from us. A key attribute of the Diesel event will be the chance to allow some of our small internal-combustion locos to work passenger trains, and this is being accomplished by means of a portable air-brake system. This is carried around the driver’s neck. We took the opportunity today to test the system and it worked pretty much as expected, which is always encouraging.

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 30 September 2017

2017 September - End of peak events and fishplate oiling

It was an intense but enjoyable last week or so of peak service in the Fathew Valley.


Peter Sam held his last party of the year – a very busy day up at Abergynolwyn. Unfortunately Rusty wasn’t very well, so his friend Alf joined the party instead.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Saturday trains were packed with people heading to the annual Abergynolwyn Show held in the field below the station. As usual there was plenty to see and do, including entertainment by the Dysynni Male Voice Choir and Abergynolwyn Silver Band, line dancing, dog shows and traditional fun and games.

During the evening late night trains ran up the valley where Abergynolwyn was the place to be.  Beer, barbeque and live music on a lovely summer’s eve… a perfect way to end the day.  As the night drew in, Chris Cade (an actor and storyteller from York), held performances of the ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens (1866), a twenty minute spine-chilling railway ghost story!

The annual Land Rover Rally also took place, with several beautifully restored Series Ones on display at the Show and at Wharf on Sunday.

We pride ourselves on being a family railway – we’ve had several married couples and father-daughter/mother-son combinations on the footplate and trains. We were very pleased to see a train crewed by members of the Parrott family – guarded by Holly with her husband Ed firing to his uncle Chris. Certain folk were very keen to point out that a group of parrots is known as a ‘pandemonium’. Luckily, all went well for their trip and everyone returned safely.


Keith’s Fishplate oiling round up

236… is the number of lengths of fishplate oiling we achieved over the extended holiday weekend. 23 people gave the equivalent of 47 days worth of effort over the 4 days. This unglamorous but essential work helps reduce the risk of the track buckling during periods of temperature extremes, so a very big thank you to everyone who came along to help its much appreciated.

On the Friday we started at Nant Gwernol and worked our way along to a few lengths on the Abergynolwyn side of milepost 7. On Saturday we took the opportunity to oil all the fishplates in the station area at Abergynolwyn before the train service started. During the afternoon, the oiling worked its way back up the extension to Forestry Crossing. Sunday morning saw the completion of the work on the extension before we moved the entire operation to Pendre and set off in the direction of Wharf. By the close of play we were about 6 lengths west of School Bridge. Monday dawned dry again and we continued towards Wharf and Wharf bridge where we called it a day. During the afternoon we cleaned and put all the gear away.

The new oiling compound seemed to work well during the application stage, it just remains to be seen how long it lasts before reapplication is required. We hope to oil the 12 or so lengths east of milepost 6 on AGM Sunday, 1 October. Many thanks once again to all who took part.

Keith Theobald

Photos by Max Birchenough, Barbara Fuller and Karen Willans


Peter Sam's Party - Peter Sam at Abergynolwyn
Duncan and a feathery friend at Abergynolwyn
Some of the vintage cars on display at the Abergynolwyn Show
The crowds watch the wheely bin race at the Abergynolwyn Show
Abergynolwn Show - Tug of War!
No 7 Tom Rolt at Wharf ready to head off into the dark
Series One Land Rovers at Wharf, Bank Holiday Sunday
Ed, Chris and Holly Parrott pose in front of No 1 Talyllyn
No 1 Talyllyn simmers in the sun while No 6 Douglas passes through Pendre

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Posted by Peter Bowyer on 12 September 2017

Lord Austin

Saturday saw intermittent torrential downpours, which rather limited passenger numbers, despote being able to ride in enclosed splendour in the FR coach. We steamed “Stanhope” this weekend, in what will be one of its final appearances before being withdrawn for overhaul. Hopefully, “Stanhope” will not be absent for too long. The loco has been well-cared for, and is in generally good order. Some boiler work is needed in additional to the expected re-tube.
Most sensible people stayed under cover, and this resulted in a fair bit of work being done on the cab of the Motor Rail petrol loco “Lord Austin”. It’s been invited for a jolly outing to the Amerton Railway at the end of the month, and there’s nothing like a deadline for getting things done. The cab is now built, painted, glazed and fitted with a tin roof sheet. This will keep drivers dry, warm and especially snug. Especially the latter – a jar of vaseline will be made available at all times to aid our stouter drivers in gaining egress from the locomotive.

Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 10 September 2017

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