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The Apedale Valley Light Railway

Address : Loomer Road
Address : Chesterton
Town/City : Newcastle-under-Lyme
County : Staffordshire
Country : England
Post code : ST5 7LB
Phone : 0845 094 1953
Web Site :  www.avlr.org.uk

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is a 2'0" narrow gauge railway operated by the volunteers of the Moseley Railway Trust.



 Historic steam and diesel engines are used to haul trains on a short journey alongside the Apedale Community Country Park. The Trust has an extensive collection of steam and diesel locomotives, and there are special events throughout the year. Trains operate from the beginning of April to the end of October on every Saturday, Bank Holiday Monday and some Sundays (all Sundays in June, July & August) - visit www.avlr.org.uk for more details. There is a well-stocked shop, and our colleagues at the neighbouring Heritage Centre run an excellent cafe.

There are a variety of special events in 2018. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Kids travel for free if they bring their furry friends to the Teddy Bear Outings on May 5,6 & 7 and also August 11 & 12.
Another great day for kids is our new Princesses & Superheroes weekend - kids who come along dressed as their favourite character - be it Spiderman, Superman, Elsa or Peppa Pig will get to travel for free.

trackstotrenchesOur biggest special event in 2018 is the third of the award-winning Tracks to the Trenches events, where we commemorate the role which narrow-gauge railways played in serving the fighting men of the First World Wars. There will be visiting engines, trade stands, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, watch the cavalry charge or visit our replica trench! Tracks to the Trenches is July 13, 14 and 15, and has its own website : www.ww1-event.org . Special entry tickets are required for this event, which are available in advance from the website or on the gate.

On July 13, 14 and 15 2018, the Moseley Railway Trust will host the third of the Tracks to the Trenches events at the Trust's site at Apedale, North Staffordshire.
These events commemorate the role which light railways played during the 1914-1918 conflict. The event in July will be the third in this series of award-winning events. These events aim to recreate the Western Front in Staffordshire – lots of steam trains, military vehicles and living history re-enactors all combine to make a memorable day out!
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Moseley Railway Trust an £10,000 grant in support of Tracks to the Trenches. Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF's First World War then and now programme, the project will focus not only on the event, but also on enhancing the presentation and interpretation of First World War-related exhibits at Apedale. This will ensure a lasting legacy at Apedale and will also support the on-going work of the Trust's volunteers.
The grant will allow the Trust to extend the existing Field Railway – work on this should have started in time for the event in July. An interpretation board will also be provided. There is also a sub-project to re-create a wagon used for the transportation of heavy artillery pieces on 2'0" gauge tracks – remember, during the First World War, the mud meant absolutely everything was moved by rail – including the largest guns!
Further, the Heritage Lottery Fund grant will also allow a visit to Tracks to the Trenches by a draught horse team and a field gun and limber, and finally will support a visiting steam locomotive of a type used on trench railways during the First World War.
Phil Robinson, Moseley Railway Trust chairman said "We are delighted that we are able to continue our relationship with the National Lottery. We are sure that, with the support of this Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Tracks to the Trenches will not only be a successful event but will also leave a sustainable legacy for the Trust and the site at Apedale".
Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has already invested more than £94 million to more than 1,900 projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in 'Tracks to the Trenches' to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."


There will be lots of shiny paint and chrome at the Classic Cars & Steam Day - August 26.
Diesel Delights, on October 6 & 7 showcases our huge fleet of internal combustion locomotives.

The spooctacular Halloween weekend is 27 & 28 October - dare you ride the train into the Old Woods?

We mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with an Armistice Weekend on November 10 & 11.

Santa will be coming to see us in December on 15, 16, 22 & 23 December. The Santa Specials are very popular; special fares are charged and tickets should be booked in advance - details are released around the beginning of September at www.avlr.org.uk

The season ends with the Mince Pie Specials on December 29.

As ever, the team at Apedale would be pleased to hear from potential exhibitors at any of these events, get in touch at info@mrt.org.uk


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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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