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Tracks to the Trenches – 2018 (The Finalé)

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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 Trillogy 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.

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?

Driver experience course 2016 dates released!

Driver Experience DayWe are pleased to announce that the ever popular “Tracks to the Trenches” Driver experience course dates for 2016 have been released.

This unique “day in the life” (of a WW1 light railway driver) course is a perfect present for special occasions.  Delivered in a special presentation gift box, the voucher has a validity of 18 months, with the actual course date to be selected and booked directly by the recipient. With Christmas just around the corner, is this a perfect present for those difficult people who already have everything!?

Please see http://www.ww1-event.org/driver-experience-course for more details – which includes a rather convenient on-line purchase facility!

Something from our recent past…

As the publicity machine grinds into action, we were pleasantly surprised to find reference to our event on a Scandinavian railway forum!

In addition to details about the event, one of the users had managed to find a YouTube video of the Salvage Squad (UK TV Programme) restoration of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War 40hp “Protected” Simplex – it’s difficult to believe that this was ~10 years ago now!!

As it is a related subject and we hope that this locomotive will take a starring roll, we thought it appropriate to paste the link here, for others to appreciate a thorough restoration of a historic locomotive.

Dutch Tank….

 

One of the higher profile peices of WW1 rolling stock based at Apedale is the restored & serviceable British Class H Watertank wagon. The basis of the rebuild was a water tank discovered at the Nocton potato farm which grows for Smith’s Crisps (the blue packets of salt are grown somewhere else). This tank was then re-united with an underframe and a set of bogies to recreate an unusual, interesting and very useful wagon. Class H in use!

Useful because its huge capacity can quench the thirst of any steam loco or passing traction engine, as the photo shows. The tank wagon (along with a locomotive) is provisionally booked to spend next summer as part of an exhibition at the Dutch National Railway Museumin Utrecht. We are quite flattered that the Utrecht people are so keen to deal with little old us at Apedale. We are hoping that the water tank won’t make the rest of their exhibits look too tatty in comparison. Incidentally, the shunting puzzle on their website is highly recommend. Click on this and say goodbye to the rest of the evening.

Welcome to the new Tracks to the Trenches – 2014 website!

joffre_apedale_roadThis is the new website to provide a focus and build-up towards the major WW1 commemoration event held over 13/14th September 2014 weekend at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s site near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.

There is a high likliehood that the event may actually span 3-4 days – with School visits, Photographic charters & coach parties being strongly encouraged. Please contact us if this is of interest.

There are lots of other items and opportunities that will start to present themselves too. We are also keen to have discussions with Television/Film production companies who may be interested in working with us during this construction & gala creation.

We are also keen to make contact with any current Army units that might be able to assist us too please!

Please bookmark this site & watch for the regular updates as the developments progress.

The Apedale Valley Light Railway is the public railway and museum site of the Moseley Railway Trust.