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An alternative to trains & football….

…is it really possible?

Well – yes, we like to think that on Saturday & Sunday (14 & 15th) we can offer a real alternative with live action horse displays around the site and the field gun in action.

There are rather splendid first world war cavalry (think War Horse!) demonstrations in action a couple of times each day in the main arena, a spectacle that many really find fascinating to watch.

In addition to these displays, at regular intervals during the day we will have draught horses in action hauling a General Service wagon (the horse drawn equivalent of an off-road lorry!) and a team of horses demonstrating haulage of the large field gun and limber – ultimately bringing it to a firing position.

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Tracks to the Trenches also brings an unprecedented range of First World War Living Groups and displays – bringing some of the history to life, in the replica (& quite authentic) Trench and alongside the vehicles and railway displays.

Get yourself connected….

As we get ever closer to living in the modern age (or the 13-15th July TTTT weekend), our resident engineers have put down their Hammers & Spanners and resorted to using a computational device.

Please see our Event WebCam page!

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?

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

Baldwin returns to Tracks to the Trenches two!

Moseley Railway Trust announces final line up of visiting engines for Tracks to the Trenches 2016 – The Baldwin Returns!

The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce the details of the steam locomotives which will be visiting the Apedale Valley Light Railway for the Tracks to the Trenches 2016 event.Baldwin action!

In addition to the previously-announced Kerr, Stuart “Joffre” from the West Lancashire Light Railway and Hudswell Clarke 1643 from Statfold, Baldwin 44656 of 1917 will make a very welcome return visit from its normal base at the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway.

Owned by the Greensand Railway Museum Trust, the Baldwin – No.778 – has just completed a major winter overhaul. These locomotives were supplied en-masse from their American builder to the British War Department from 1917 onwards, eventually totalling nearly 500 by 1918. They were the most common steam locomotive operated by the War Department Light Railways during World War One. After the War, No.778 was one of a batch of 50 locomotives identified for further service on the North West Frontier between India (now Pakistan) and Afghanistan. By the early 1970s, this war veteran had been re-discovered at an Indian sugar works by adventurous British railway enthusiasts. In March 1985, the loco returned to the UK. After a major restoration project, No. 778 was finally launched into public service in August 2007. Joffre & Baldwin

2014 saw No.778 star at the Tracks to the Trenches event at Apedale before withdrawal for a boiler overhaul. This has been completed in double-quick time – a testimony to the quality of the original restoration.
Phil Robinson, the Chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, said “The Baldwin No.778 was a hit with our visitors at the 2014 Tracks to the Trenches event, and we very much look forward to a repeat performance in 2016!”
Additionally to the visiting steam locomotives, various visiting internal combustion locomotives will be at Apedale for the event, complementing the extensive collection of War Department Light Railway material which is resident on site. All of these will be operated in an authentic environment, moving supplies to a re-creation of a Western Front trench. Living History groups will be on site to add authenticity, as will the replica Tank which provided a backdrop to many memorable photographs in 2014.