Moseley Railway Trust
Moseley Railway Trust
Moseley Railway Trust exists to preserve and restore industrial narrow gauge railway equipment and today houses one of the largest collections of this type of equipment in the UK.
Narrow gauge railways have, until recent times, formed an integral part of the transport system within the UK and elsewhere. Construction projects such as dams, large building projects, tunnelling for sewers or railway projects, would all have a narrow gauge railway. Building materials, road construction materials too would also make use of narrow gauge transport. Such materials included; roof slates, clay for tiles and bricks, gypsum for plaster, sand for cement and concrete, and the cement itself. The Government too used narrow gauge railways to transport munitions at production sites and also storage sites, and some artillery ranges used narrow gauge railways to provide moving targets. During the First World War, the British Army took over 7,000 miles of narrow gauge railway to France to help with War logistics – this equipment help the Allies to win the war, given that the other Allies also narrow gauge railways for their logistics too.
Other industries would include quarrying for minerals, coal mines, engineering works, in fact anywhere where heavy, bulky materials needed to be moved.
In the second half of the 20th century, use of narrow gauge railways significantly reduced as more modern equipment came into use; forklift trucks, dump trucks, excavators, conveyor belts and so on.
It has been left to preservationists such as Moseley Railway Trust to gather equipment together to show how vital such material was in the creation of the modern Britain which we know today.
Moseley Railway Trust aims to:
- To preserve and restore narrow gauge railway equipment and related items in the form of a working railway and museum.
- To provide an educational and recreational facility for the general public, including the Trust’s own members, and in doing so to foster and promote traditional skills.
- To engage in such other activities as will further these aims.
Established: November 2003
Registered Charity Number: 1100827
Board members: 6
Phone number: 07980222573
Address: 23 Chestnut Walk Cheddleton ST13 7BJView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website