Category Archives: 2018 event

The influx begins….

The first (and sizeable) load of equipment arrived at Apedale today from our friends at the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway – including the Ambulance Van, Class P Ration wagon and Bent-Frame Motor-Rail (yes – you can never have too many wizz-bangs!).nocton

Sadly this is not the occasion where the 2 surviving ex-Notcon Ambulance vans meet though! The heavily dismantled MRT based survivor is still off site for a very thorough restoration!

Mystery…..

Mystery_ww1_steamI wonder what this could mean? If you want to know more, you can see the bigger picture for the first time at Tracks to the Trenches – July 13, 14, 15.

Bent Frame issues…..

mr_CraterJust don’t know what is going on, but we seem to have problems with Simplex locos falling into shell craters. Strangely, this seems to happen just before the Tracks to the Trenches events. It is clearly the fault of the loco drivers.

Advance Tickets….

…to everyone who has purchased advance tickets, passes etc

DSC_0242Just a very brief note to let you know that they are all being dispatched imminently.

Many thanks for your valuable support and we look forward to seeing you at Apedale soon!

Free classic bus service schedule to Tracks to the Trenches 2018 confirmed!

FREE VINTAGE COURTESY BUS SERVICE FROM STOKE ON TRENT RAILWAY STATION AND NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME 

FRIDAY:

11:45  Depart Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)
11:55  Depart Newcastle under Lyme (Jubilee Baths bus stop)
12:10 Apedale (Arrive)

12:20  Apedale (Depart)
Newcastle (Jubilee baths/bottom of King St.) *
12:45  Arrive Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)

* Calls to set down if required, please make your request clear to the driver upon boarding

THEN HOURLY – LAST BUS DEPARTS APEDALE FOR STOKE AT 17:20

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

09:45  Depart Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)
09:55  Depart Newcastle under Lyme (Jubilee Baths bus stop)
10:10 Apedale (Arrive)

10:20  Apedale (Depart)
Newcastle (Jubilee baths/bottom of King St.) *
10:45  Arrive Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)

* Calls to set down if required, please make your request clear to the driver upon boarding

THEN HOURLY – LAST BUS DEPARTS APEDALE FOR STOKE AT 17:20

Further details on our “How to Find Us” page….

WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO OUR FRIENDS AT THE POTTERIES OMNIBUS PRESERVATION SOCIETY FOR AGAIN PROVIDING THIS SERVICE FOR US. MORE DETAILS ABOUT “POPS” HERE

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!