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The L&B NWAG at Apedale Valley Gala 14/15 September 2013

The L&B NW Area Group had a display and sales stand at the Moseley Railway Trust's Apedale Valley Light Railway Gala on 14 and 15 September 2013. Alongside the stand was "Barnstaple Town" in 009.

Peter Ainley and Bob Barnard manned the stand on Saturday, with assistance from John Berry during the day. On Sunday, Bob and Sue Barnard were in attendance.

The event showed the benefit of a presence at a variety of venues in each area, as more than one visitor expressed surprise that a section of the L&B has been revived, and quite a number of people were surprised about the progress made recently in terms of planning the extension, heritage carriages and the replica of Lyn! Needless to say, these people went away better-informed....

Attendance on the Sunday was, according to the organisers, a little disappointing due to the weather forecasts having predicted dire storms, and having advised people not to go out if not necessary. In fact, the day was perfectly reasonable, with sunshine at times, and a few heavy showers (resulting in water dripping from the shed roof on to the model of Barnstaple Town latterly!)

The Apedale Railway is becoming a focus for WW1 military railway equipment, with a collection of rolling stock, as well as a Kerr Stuart "Joffre" loco similar to the L&B's "Axe" (but restored to original condition), a Hunslet 4-6-0T and a Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T (the latter two still under restoration). In 2014, a major event is planned at Apedale, to mark the centenary of the start of WW1.

Steam services during the weekend were provided by the MRT's "Stanhope" (once a visitor to Woody Bay) and Statfold Barn's "Jack Lane".The Joffre should have been in steam, but a cracked cylinder casting had recently been discovered.

1. Axe's sister engine, Kerr Stuart Joffre, rebuilt to original WW1 condition at Apedale.

2. The L&B Stand and Barnstaple Town model ready for visitors

3. "Jack Lane" and "Stanhope" at Apedale.

Photos and text - Bob Barnard


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