By now, the entire railway world is aware that the War Office Loco Trust’s Hunslet 4-6-0 was, very sadly, unable to participate in the Hunslet 125 weekend at the Ffestiniog Railway. As is often the case when dealing with vintage machinery, there just weren’t hours in the day to complete the loco.
However, we are confident that the loco will be available to play an active role at Tracks to the Trenches at Apedale, on July 13-15. Barring major mechanical setbacks, the weekend will see the public debut of this iconic loco, and a chance for visitors to see three of the key British military locos of the First World War all in operation together for the first time (probably) since the 1920’s with authentic First World War rolling stock– the Hunslet 4-6-0T LR “303”, the Greensand Museum Trust’s (10-12-D) Baldwin 4-6-0T LR “778” from Leighton Buzzard, and the Apedale resident Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT loco “LR” 104. This is a spectacle that is unlikely to be repeated anywhere for many years!
The photos show the Hunslet nearing completion, and we thank Joey Evans and War Office Loco Trust for them.
Admin update – both Vintage (pre 1920) vehicle entry and Living History Group (plus traders) entry forms are now available to download from our Entry Forms Page! Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in attending this unique event, we’d be pleased to hear from you!
The organisers of the Tracks to the Trenches First World War centenary events are privileged to announce the dates for last event in the Tracks to the Trenches Trilogy in 2018.
Friday – Sunday 13-15th July 2018
Building on the success of the highly acclaimed 2014 and 2016 events, the final “Tracks to the Trenches” First World War centenary event should be one of the not-to-be-missed events in 2018.
More details will be announced in due course – but please contact us if you have any interest assisting us or trading at the event.
The Moseley Railway Trust is delighted to announce that agreement has been reached for a second visiting steam locomotive for the September 2014 Tracks to the Trenches event. The North Gloucestershire Railway, based at Toddington, have agreed that their 1918-built Henschel Brigadelok locomotive will visit the MRT’s Apedale Valley Light Railway for the Tracks to the Trenches gala, to be held on September 12, 13 and 14 of 2014.
Almost 2500 of the Brigadelok locomotives were built. These served the German military light railways – known as Heeresfeldbahn – on all the fronts of the war. Despite being built for military service, they subsequently demonstrated their usefulness for many post-war operators. An innovative feature is the Klein-Lindner radial axles, which allow the locomotives to traverse tight radius curves despite the 080 wheel arrangement.
The locomotive which will come to Apedale is Henschel 15968. After the end of the First World War, the locomotive worked at the Naklo sugar factory in Poland, hauling trains of sugar beet in from the fields to the factory for processing. In 1985, the loco moved from Poland to the UK, where it was restored to its current immaculate condition, carrying Heeresfeldbahn grey livery and the number 1091.
Phil Robinson, MRT Chairman said – We are extremely grateful to the North Gloucestershire Railway for loaning us this locomotive. When taken with the Baldwin loco which will visit from Leighton Buzzard, and the Moseley Railway Trust’s own Joffre and Hudswell Clarke steam locomotives, we now have engines representing all the main combatants in the First World War. Our event is all about commemorating all those who participated in this conflict, regardless of nationality, and we believe that representing the German forces is key to this.
The Kerr Stuart locomotive Stanhope, normally resident at Apedale, will be making a reciprocal visit to the North Gloucestershire Railway during 2014.