The Moseley Railway Trust exists to preserve, conserve and interpret locomotives, vehicles and other artefacts pertaining to the industrial narrow gauge railway.
From early mining applications and experiments on country estates, the industrial narrow gauge railway came of age during the First World War when it provided the logistical support to armies on all sides and in the theatres of the conflict. The equipment from the war then provided the starting points for applications throughout any industry where large, heavy or bulky items needed to be moved.
The advent of the conveyer belt and the dumper truck rendered most of these industrial railways redundant from the 1960s, but some survive to this day, and still fulfil a vital need. For example, the Channel Tunnel construction railway was narrow gauge; for a time, this was the third largest railway system in the UK (after Network Rail and London Underground). Even today, narrow gauge trains are at work building tunnels to serve the 2012 Olympic Games.
These railways have existed largely out of the public gaze. The Moseley Railway Trust ensures that this important part of Britainís industrial past will be preserved and remembered for future generations.
In order to fulfil that objective, the Moseley Railway Trust is currently developing a major railway, workshops and museum complex in conjunction with the existing Apedale Heritage Centre at Chesterton, near Newcastle-Under-Lyme, North Staffordshire. This development will also act as a catalyst in the regeneration of the Apedale/Chesterton area.
|15th to 16th June||Mining Gala|
|10th to 11th August||Teddy Bear's Outing, Steam Trains|
|14th to 15th September||Stoke Steam Special|
|26th to 27th October||Halloween Ghost Trains|
|14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December||Santa Comes To Apedale|
|September 2014||Tracks to the Trenches Event|
The Moseley Railway Trust is funded by its members, donations from the public and the occasional grant from commercial organisations, government and charitable bodies. Any contribution, no matter how small, helps the Trust restore historic artefacts and improve the displays and facilities at Apedale.
Your assistance is much appreciated.
PRISM Grant Fund for awarding a grant to assist in restoration of a 1916 Huswell Clarke Locomotive.
Newcastle Borough Council Community Fund for sponsoring our public noticeboard and other site improvements.
National Grid for a donation towards fencing materials used during construction of phase one of the railway at Apedale.
The Newcastle Mayor's Charity Fund for a donation towards the development of the railway at Apedale
Porterbrook Leasing for assistance towards the cost of repatriating a historic steam locomotive and other generous donations.
Lafarge Aggregates for sponsoring materials and labour used in construction of the first phase of the railway.
The PRISM Grant Fund for awarding a grant to support the rebuilding of a unique class H water tank wagon.
...and to all of our individual supporters.
Registered in England & Wales as Moseley Railway Trust Company No. 3549477 Registered Charity No. 1100827 Full Details