Category Archives: Booked Attractions

Attractions and visitors that have been confirmed for the event.

An alternative to trains & football….

…is it really possible?

Well – yes, we like to think that on Saturday & Sunday (14 & 15th) we can offer a real alternative with live action horse displays around the site and the field gun in action.

There are rather splendid first world war cavalry (think War Horse!) demonstrations in action a couple of times each day in the main arena, a spectacle that many really find fascinating to watch.

In addition to these displays, at regular intervals during the day we will have draught horses in action hauling a General Service wagon (the horse drawn equivalent of an off-road lorry!) and a team of horses demonstrating haulage of the large field gun and limber – ultimately bringing it to a firing position.

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Tracks to the Trenches also brings an unprecedented range of First World War Living Groups and displays – bringing some of the history to life, in the replica (& quite authentic) Trench and alongside the vehicles and railway displays.

Last minute visitor…..

edgar1We are pleased to confirm that this rather pretty new-build Decauville will be joining us at Apedale for Tracks to the Trenches.

…and we promise (especially if the owner’s reading this) to be more careful with Edgar than the French were.fullsizeoutput_ea1 The photo, by the way, is a bit of mystery (but likely to be taken at a French Fort) – the background is full of interesting things like Crochat petrol-electrics, a Kerr Stuart “Joffre”, a pair of RL-type Orenstein diesels, and what looks like a Gmeinder.

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

4 hours to go!

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imageIt’s been a bit manic down the Valley in the last few days!! Two of the stars of the Tracks to the Trenches event this weekend have joined us – the Baldwin from Leighton Buzzard and the Hesketh Bank Joffre.

Apparently our local coal merchant heard that we now had two Joffre-class locos on site and was seen reaching for the holiday brochure.

The horse people have been with us, rehearsing for the horse haulage demonstration using our newly-manufactured swingletree.

imageFinally, we had a slightly unexpected visit by what seemed to be the entire loco fleet of a Scotrtish peatworks; one loco was unloaded and the rest disappeared as quickly as they arrived!

So, 4 hours to go the the big event opening – see you there?

Horse power!

The Tracks to the Trenches event is shaping up well, despite the recent flurry of activity with rail exhibits we have not forgotten other forms of transport and Logistics!

GS WagonWe are very pleased to confirm the attendance of a 1915 horse hauled “General Service” (GS) Wagon and horses from the Royal Logisitics Corps museum on active display. This wagon was built by the well-known railway firm of Metropolitan Carriage and wagon. These road-going wagons were the equivalent of the narrow gauge railway wagons.

We have very recently been able to add a War Department Foden Steam lorry (kindly proFoden steam lorryvided by Mike Wilkinson, Alan Atkinson and Graham Townsend) to our line-up. This will again create a fine sight driving around the event.

We are also very pleased to welcome back the 16th Lancers display troop to our event (Saturday and Sunday only). They will again be displaying horsemanship in our event arena.cavalry2014

Finally, watch out for various displays of pack horses (utilising the new Carey’s water carriers!) around the site and horse haulage of our onw First World War Railway wagons!

The influx has started……

Amongst the many and varied tasks this weekend (mainly quite tiring), we have seen the influx of railway exhibits start – some visitors and some new residents.

50hp Baldwin tractor from SwitzerlandThe first of these was a new locomotive arriving on Friday (6th May). This is a Baldwin tractor, of the type very popular with French and American forces; the locos is currently standard gauge, having been regauged from 2’0″ gauge at some stage early in its (War Surplus) life. When built, this loco and the Ffestiniog’s Moelwyn would have been similar if not identical. A group of Trust members have imported this loco from a scrapyard in Switzerland. So, Tracks to the Trenches will offer a unique opportunity to see the UK’s only two Baldwin tractors together. The event will also be the only chance to see the Apedale Baldwin before restoration commences – which could be a long road ahead. 

Arriving on Sunday was the recently completed British Class A open wagon, followed by the 10hp Baguley and 1916 20hp Simplex locos from our friends at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog.

And finally….

Moelwyn, Mary Ann & wagons!Today saw the arrival of “Mary Ann”, “Moelwyn” and Busta – direct from their escapades in France. All 3 of these are courtesy of the Ffestiniog Railway

6 locos and 1 historic wagon in 4 days. More to come over the next few days……