Model railways announced for Tracks to the Trenches!

We are very pleased to be able to confirm a comprehensive model railway show within “Tracks to the Trenches 2016”, including trade support.7mm scale layout

Entertaining modellers, model engineers and families alike, we are pleased to be bringing enthusiasts and craftsmen from all over the UK with First World War and/or related military railway models. Our younger visitors will also be delighted to know that there is also a Hogsmead on Sodor – a large Thomas the Tank engine inspired layout too!

The Tracks to the Trenches events give you a very rare opportunity to see both the models and the full size real thing in action at the same time! More details of attending exhibits of all types can be seen from the “What’s attending” menu link at the top of the page.

We are always interested to hear from modellers and model engineers of First World War/Military prototypes, plus supporting traders. Please contact us via the form on the front page – or via the comments below.

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!

Tracks to the Trenches 2016 & 2018 announced!

WW1 Action at Tracks to the Trenches 2014It is with great pleasure that the Moseley Railway Trust’s events team can announce that the highly acclaimed “Tracks to the Trenches” (TTTT) is set to be developed and repeated in 2016 (TTTT 2) and 2018* (TTTT 3).

In line with recently announced schedules, these events are now being planned for May in their respective years.

2016 (TTTT 2) – a 3 day event from 13-15th May 2016. A very similar format to the 2014 event (TTTT 1); with photo-charters being arranged in advance of the event weekend, evening photo-shoots during the event, access all areas passes, an emphasis on Schools/Group visit packages, plus much more!

The 2017 event (13-14th May) is again planned to be a smaller event, specifically looking at Kerr Stuart locomotives and celebrating the Centenary of our flagship engine “Stanhope” – but it is still hoped to maintain a WW1 presence in the Trench area.

2018* (TTTT 3) – a 3 day World War 1 centenary event from 13-15th JULY 2018. Currently anticipated as really special year. Further details to be confirmed shortly, but hopefully developing on from TTTT1 and 2.

Please keep the dates in your diaries!

The organisers would like to invite any interested exhibitors or traders to contact us through this site (contact box above right, or comments box below) – we would be pleased to hear from you! Entry forms etc will start to be released shortly.Tracks (& Simplex) To Trenches at Apedale

* Subject to final confirmation

A record of the 2014 event……

Over the last couple of weeks since “Tracks to the Trenches 2014”, we have seen and been passed many links to photos and video footage of the event in full swing. We do not claim any responsibility or copyright for these – but would lke to thank everyone for making them available as a record of what was achieved in 2014!

(If you have more photos/videos and would like to share them – please contact us via this site)

Enjoy….

Apedale Valley Light Railway Tracks to the Trenches Event

Ian Walmsley

Julian Dyer

http://www.footlambert.co.uk/1651/film-photography/tracks-trenches-apedale-valey-light-railway-ww1-photography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/footlambert/sets/72157647299414407/

mollsmyre

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martincreese/sets/72157647155565100

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hughesfowler/sets/72157647150346589/

Onemanandhispuck blog – http://onemanandhispuck.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/tracks-to-trenches.html

Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Valley Light Railway – 13/09/2014

Matthew Kay

Tracks to the trenches

Colin Edmondson

‘Tracks to the Trenches’ – Apedale Valley Light Railway 14/9/14

Peter Procter

Apedale Light Railway WW1 2014

PLACEMATE1967

HomeMoviePerson

Apedale Valley Light Railway ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ 12.09.2014 Part 1/2

http://youtu.be/YZADZTSvWUY

Apedale Valley Light Railway ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ 12.09.2014 Part 2/2

http://youtu.be/g96oJWHhdmI

The story behind the bent-frame in the shell hole…..

20hp "LR 2638" and 40hp "LR 3102" Motor Rails seen together. Credit: Ruediger FachPerhaps one of the most photographed locomotives at “Tracks to the trenches 2014” was an out-of-use, little 20hp Bent-Frame tractor that was located in a shell hole near the main field area. This certainly attracted much comment and was a surprice (previously unadvertised) feature.

Forward area light railways and tramways were often operated under the cover of darkness. Being so close to the front, they were always easy targets for the enemy, and were often damaged through shelling. According to contemporary reports, although the tracks were regularly inspected, it was not uncommon for locomotives and trains to often become de-railed through recent enemy action. When this happened, the priority was to remove any ammunition and get the railway operating again. Locomotives could be left for days/weeks until there was an opportunity for recovery (again – mainly at night!).20hp Motor Rail "Wizz-Bang" LR2638 freshly driven into a shell hole! Credit: Simon Merritt-Webb

These little 20hp tractors were sometimes known as “Wizz-Bangs” (also the name for in-bound enemy shells) – due to their high speed/acceleration and their regular tendancy to back-fire. They were a particular favourite with the railway/tramway operating companies.

Our cameo scene represented a locomotive that had been driven into a previously unseen shell hole at night. Whilst awaiting recovery, the railway had been diverted around it and the wagons long since removed.

The aim of this little scene was to provide a poignant reminder of the risks that the Light Railway and Tramway companies were taking every day, in their continual battle to keep the men in the trenches and the guns supplied.

Did it really happen?!

The BIG weekend has been and gone all too fast, leaving some of us somewhat shell-shocked.

There has been much positive feedback – it seems as though we got something right. Overtime we hope to provide a gallery of images and a comprehensive list of links to show what “Tracks to the Trenches: 1914 – 2014” presented. In the interim – please see the photo below as some evidence that it really did happen!

Hudswell collecting a light railway supply train at Apedale Road

Hudswell collecting a light railway supply train at Apedale Road, with Baldwin 778 on the rear.

A BIG thank you to all visitors, volunteers, exhibitors, traders, equipment owners and supporters for helping us stage a truly memorable event. We hope that everyone will take a few moments to consider the work of the light railway and tramway companies during WW1, especially on Remembrance day in November.