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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?

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!

More exhibits!

Late exhibit entries are coming in now for Tracks to the Trenches. We are delighted to announce two real celebrity machines will be making a first-time visit to Apedale.

40hp Simplex - Mary AnnThey are the Ffestiniog Railway’s 40HP Simplex (once known as Mary Ann) and Moelwyn – the UK’s only surviving example of one of the Baldwin tractors which were very popular with American and Canadian forces during WW1. Being FR locos, their wheel standards are alsightly incompatible with the railway at Apedale – so they MAY be static display or very limited operation – testing will decide.Baldwin Tractor - Moelwyn

 There’s still just a few days to buy advance tickets. The deal is pretty good – you get to skip the queue, and get the guidebook thrown in. The guidebook is £4, and is really nice – so you get £13 worth of ticket and book for £9, and quick entry. A bargain if ever there was one. We’ve also still got a few Access All Areas passes left. Closing date for advance ticket sales is 1st May, so stop messing around and go to the Tickets page with your credit card in hand!!

We don’t need no education….

Troops!We are pleased to announce the participation of the “Soldiers to Schools” program from the British Army on Friday 13th May, which is available for school visits. They will provide some expert insight and a selection of First World War replica equipment young people to handle.

Prospective school visit co-ordinators – please feel free to contact us with your requirements. We are here to help!

To add a further dimension to the Tracks to the Trenches event and to provoke the enquiring mind,  we are also very pleased to release the FREE 2016 educational pack.

This is now available for download in our Education section – here

FREE vintage courtesy bus services announced

FREE vintage courtesy bus service from Stoke on Trent Railway station and Newcastle under Lyme 

Friday:

12:15  Depart Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)
12:25  Depart Newcastle under Lyme (Jubilee Baths bus stop, School Street, ST5 1HG)
12:40 Apedale (Arrive)

12:45  Apedale (Depart)
Newcastle (bottom of King St.) *
13:10  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 17:45

Saturday/Sunday

10:15  Depart Stoke on Trent (Railway Station)
10:25  Depart Newcastle under Lyme (Jubilee Baths bus stop, School Street, ST5 1HG)
10:40 Apedale (Arrive)

10:45  Apedale (Depart)
Newcastle (bottom of King St.) *
11:10  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 17:45

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