An Apedale anniversary event
299 years of steam
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2016
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
9 October 2016
Once again, we’re out at a birthday
event - this time it’s Apedale, where
they’re celebrating the 100th birthdays
of two of their locomotives - the Joffre
(KS 3014) and 104 (HC 1238), both built
in 1916. Stanhope (KS 2395) would also
be taking part though he’s a mere
stripling, age 99 years.
It’s another bright sunny day too (making the photography tricky
at times) - perfect for a day at Apedale (and when the sun is
shining straight down the line, we’ll have a Staffordshire oatcake
lunch in the heritage centre next door).
The steamers are operating up and down the main line,
alternating between passenger and freight
workings. Meanwhile, various internal
combustion machines are trundling about
on the field railway (where only the rails
are visible, in best industrial style). There’s
even an opportunity to drive a loco - a
hefty chugging Ruston - for a small
donation to funds (yes, we did - great fun).
Inevitably, we missed the day’s highlight,
when the birthday boys were fed their cake (baked from best
coal, wood and Polyfilla). We were at the other end of the line,
wondering why the freight was dawdling... It’s fun at Apedale!
Link: Apedale Valley Railway