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Light Railways of the First World War….

Light Railways of the First World War: History of Tactical Rail Communications on the British Fronts, 1914-18

light_railways_of_the_first_world_war_charity_auction_tracks_to_the_trenchesWelcome to another Fund Raising Auction – Supporting the Moseley Railway Trust and the “TRACKS TO THE TRENCHES” (13-15th July 2018) FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENT at Apedale.

The Moseley Railway Trust is a 100% volunteer run organisation.

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE a good copy of a very rare book through our ebay for Charity auction.

The W. J. K. Davies book on the WDLR narrow gauge railways ‘Light Railways of the First World War’ is often considered as the seminal work (the definitive bible on the subject), produced in a limited quantity by David & Charles in 1966-7.

Dust jacket is in good condition – some minor marks to the cover & wear as you would expect for a book of this age. This is a book from a reference library, there is a little written text on the inner front page, a small library sticker on the spine, stamps on title page & a “Withdrawn” stamp on the last (blank) page. Overall this is a very good example – but not “MINT”. Please see photos.

Proceeds from this book sale will support the work of the Moseley Railway Trust, and in particular the development of the Trust’s collection of First World War narrow gauge railway vehicles. These can be seen in operation at the Tracks to the Trenches event, July 13-15, where copies of the newly announced North British book will also be on sale (if there are any left by then!).

Please help support us & watch out for further fundraising auctions via the MoseleyRailwayTrust ebay account

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

New book – the Story of North British Locomotive Co during WW1!

We are pleased to announce the release of its latest reprint of a historical document that is being launched in connection with the Tracks to the Trenches event.

This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE COPY NUMBER 1 in advance of anyone else!!

We are making available the first (pre-production) copy, 2-3 weeks ahead of the normal copies by special charity auction on Ebay!

Please help support us & watch out for further fundraising auctions via the MoseleyRailwayTrust ebay account

Immediately after the end of the First World War, many companies produced brochures which commemorated their contribution to the Allied victory. One such company was the North British Locomotive Company. Based in Glasgow and former from the amalgamation of various smaller loco manufacturers, North British became the largest maker of railway locomotives in the British Empire. Sadly, the company failed to adapt to the end of steam traction and closed its doors in 1962.

The First World War was North British’s zenith. The company contributed hugely to the war effort. The offices became a hospital for the wounded, and all manner of tanks, guns and other weapons of war (in addition to locomotives!) were produced. On a human level, 10% of the works staff who joined the Forces never returned.

The North British catalogue documents their war effort in great detail. Within the 132 pages of the reprint, readers will find details of the companies’ history and its products during the war. Steam locomotives of all shapes and sizes predominate, including curiosities such as the Electric steam-turbine locomotive, but other products featured include shells, mines, guns – even aeroplanes and experimental military bridges!

The reprint run is limited to approximately 500 copies. Copy One – sure to be a collector’s item – will be auctioned through e-bay. All books are hardback. The original text and photographs are retained, with a modern foreword.

The retail price is £22.95 and retail copies of the book are available through the MRT’s shop at Apedale, and the Trust welcomes trade enquiries.

Profits from the book project will support the work of the Moseley Railway Trust, and in particular the development of the Trust’s collection of First World War narrow gauge railway vehicles. These can be seen in operation at the Tracks to the Trenches event, July 13-15, where copies of the North British book will be on sale (if there are any left by then!).

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Save up to 25%!! Advance Ticket Sales – now live….

Just a very quick note to let everyone know that advance tickets for Tracks to the Trenches – July 13-15 – are now on sale on the Ticket Page. Also available now is the group booking form – for parties of 10 or more.

“Why should I buy in advance?”, I hear you cry?

  1. You get into the event 30 minutes before everyone else.
  2. You avoid the queue at the entrance.
  3. It helps our cashflow so we are able to put on the best event possible.

All good reasons, we’re sure you will agree!!

Inspiration!

Well, the countdown has firmly begun and the Moseley Railway Trust events team are now well into the planning for TTTT3 13-15th July 2018.

Photo 22-05-2015 12 08 19There is much to do and of course, importantly, we need to engage with potential sponsors. If you are a potential sponsor – please get in touch, we would be delighted to hear from you!!

Driver Experience DayIn the interim, we are able to offer a very personal taster of the Tracks to the Trenches events – our very popular driver experience course (a perfect Fathers day present for very lucky fathers).

2017 AVAILABLE DATES:

  • Monday 24th April
  • Friday 8th June
  • Monday 26th June
  • Friday 7th July

Please watch this space for more event news soon!