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!

HE1215 (LROD 303) – WW1 Hunslet update

wd_hunslet_4-6-0t_lr_303_he1215By now, the entire railway world is aware that the War Office Loco Trust’s Hunslet 4-6-0 was, very sadly, unable to participate in the Hunslet 125 weekend at the Ffestiniog Railway. As is often the case when dealing with vintage machinery, there just weren’t hours in the day to complete the loco.

However, we are confident that the loco will be available to play an active role at Tracks to the Trenches at Apedale, on July 13-15. Barring major mechanical setbacks, the weekend will see the public debut of this iconic loco, and a chance for visitors to see three of the key British military locos of the First World War all in operation together for the first time (probably) since the 1920’s with authentic First World War rolling stock– the Hunslet 4-6-0T LR “303”, the Greensand Museum Trust’s (10-12-D) Baldwin 4-6-0T  LR “778” from Leighton Buzzard, and the Apedale resident Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT loco “LR” 104. This is a spectacle that is unlikely to be repeated anywhere for many years!

The photos show the Hunslet nearing completion, and we thank Joey Evans and War Office Loco Trust for them.

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