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L&B NWAG at Apedale Valley Light Railway

The L&B NW Group were made very welcome, and spent an enjoyable weekend, at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s “Locos from Leeds” Gala near Stoke-on-Trent on 16-17 May 2015.

Peter Ainley and John Berry manned the NW Group’s sales and display stand on the Saturday, John returning to set up on the Sunday morning as he lives nearby, and then handing over to Bob Barnard for the rest of the day.

John Berry looks on in surprise as the L&B stand receives visitors from the past on Saturday 16 May 2015

A selection of the published drawings from the L&B’s forthcoming planning application for the extension to Wistlandpound created a lot of interest among visitors, and pictures from the Gala at Woody Bay last weekend were also on show.  Once again, we sold all our copies of the new book “L&B Journey”, as well as a good variety of other items.

We found that a high proportion of the visitors we chatted to were long-standing L&B members – perhaps not so surprising at a narrow gauge event.  Among those we met were someone who worked on the FR restoration of L&B coach 15, and the current owner of the locomotive “Sir George” that was used at the Lynbarn Railway some years ago.

When we were able to slip away from our stand in one of the AVLR’s rolling stock sheds in quieter moments, it was good to see a frequent service of steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running over the AVLR’s short line – some being hauled by a sister engine to our own “Axe”, restored to original condition, and others by one-time visitor to Woody Bay “Stanhope” as well as other engines. 


Three engines in steam at Apedale, including “Stanhope” (Right)

WW1 freight wagons were periodically shunted across the site to exchange sidings, from where they were distributed by a variety of small motor tractors over light tracks to various military areas, including a tented army camp and a replica section of front-line trench.


The AVLR’s Kerr Stuart Joffre engine approaches the exchange sidings


There seem to be a lot of “top brass” involved in delivering supplies to the troops….

Our thanks are due to the event organisers for allowing us to promote the L&B.

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