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We are pleased to announce the release of its latest reprint of a historical document that is being launched in connection with the Tracks to the Trenches event.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!

Come one, come all….

Admin update – both Vintage (pre 1920) vehicle entry and Living History Group (plus traders) entry forms are now available to download from our Entry Forms Page! Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in attending this unique event, we’d be pleased to hear from you!

Save up to 25%!! Advance Ticket Sales – now live….

Just a very quick note to let everyone know that advance tickets for Tracks to the Trenches – July 13-15 – are now on sale on the Ticket Page. Also available now is the group booking form – for parties of 10 or more.

“Why should I buy in advance?”, I hear you cry?

  1. You get into the event 30 minutes before everyone else.
  2. You avoid the queue at the entrance.
  3. It helps our cashflow so we are able to put on the best event possible.

All good reasons, we’re sure you will agree!!

Inspiration!

Well, the countdown has firmly begun and the Moseley Railway Trust events team are now well into the planning for TTTT3 13-15th July 2018.

Photo 22-05-2015 12 08 19There is much to do and of course, importantly, we need to engage with potential sponsors. If you are a potential sponsor – please get in touch, we would be delighted to hear from you!!

Driver Experience DayIn the interim, we are able to offer a very personal taster of the Tracks to the Trenches events – our very popular driver experience course (a perfect Fathers day present for very lucky fathers).

2017 AVAILABLE DATES:

  • Monday 24th April
  • Friday 8th June
  • Monday 26th June
  • Friday 7th July

Please watch this space for more event news soon!

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 Trilogy 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?