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2017 was the first time an event focussed on the non-steam locomotives at Apedale had been run – but it seems set to be a firm fixture in the calendar in future years.Phil Robinson, the Trust Chairman said “We are delighted with how the Diesel Delights event went.

The weekend was a real testament to the abilities of our younger members, who showed that the have the organisation abilities to run a significant event – well done to all!”The Diesel Delights weekend also saw three locomotives visit Apedale from the West Lancashire Light Railway at Hesketh Bank – a Lister petrol engine (which used to work at a tileworks near to Apedale), a Hunslet and a Motor Rail.

“Stanhope” ran regularly at Hesketh Bank in the years prior to the Moseley Railway Trust establishing a permanent railway at Apedale.“Stanhope” is now approaching the end of its current 10-year boiler certificate; it is currently planned that the locomotive will operate the popular Santa Specials at Apedale prior to work commencing on the locomotive’s overhaul.

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