Yearly Archives: 2013

A New Year Message

Another year almost under our belt, and what a year it’s been!  We won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and got nominated for the Sentinel Our Heroes Awards. We held our first mining gala, which was a huge success, and hopefully complemented the great season of events from the railway.  It’s never plain sailing […]

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Santa Special Pics!

Pictures from this year’s Santa Special are now available in our features section.

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Christmas Opening 2013

Santa has left us for another year after an exhausting but fun fortnight.  Time to sweep up the discarded tinsel, pack up the grotto and muck out the reindeer stables (I wonder if its any good on the roses).   Pictures will follow soon! Over the holidays we will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing […]

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It’s that time of year again!

Christmas has rushed up on us like speeding train, and next week the Apedale Valley Light Railway will be running their Santa Service, hopefully it will be travelling at a more sedate pace.  It’s always a popular event and the trains are filling up fast on www.avlr.org.uk. We are running our usual Christmas raffle, this […]

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Our New Website

Welcome to our new and improved website.  This is something that we have been working on for a while in order to solve some of the problems with the old one – mainly that it was a pain to update!  Have a look around, you’ll find all of the previous information here, we’ve made sure […]

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Winter Warmer

Tuesday and Wednesday this week are lobby days in our café, so if you are walking in the park it’s a great way to warm up. We’ve used local produce so it really is a taste of North Staffordshire! As we’re getting close to Christmas this seems like a good time to talk about some […]

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Can we fix it? Yes we can!

Our team were up into the wee hours last night, working to complete the installation of our new ventilation fan starter system (the grey box on the left of the pic). Today we are running the fans to test that everything is shipshape and Apedale fashion. Mine tours will be available again tomorrow, Sunday 3rd […]

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Half-Term Opening

This half term we are going to open the museum every day! Unfortunately the maintenance on the mine ventilation means that we won’t be able run mine tours, but there’s still plenty to do with one of our museum quizzes and the country park to explore. The café will be serving every day, but due […]

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Mine Maintenance

Unfortunately the mine is going to be closed for a further weekend while we finish the maintenance that we started last week. We are retro-fitting a new starter to our ventilation fan as the old starter had become unserviceable, and it’s a fairly major job. We’d been monitoring the starter’s condition for a while and […]

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Spooky goings-on!

For Halloween the AVLR are swapping steam power for scream power, with an evening of Halloween Ghost Trains! The Ghost Trains start from about 4pm and run until 8pm, normal fares apply. There will be ghostly stories and other spooky fun!

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