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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)


Apedale Valley Light Railway Tracks to the Trenches Event

Ian Walmsley

Julian Dyer






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



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


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


On-line ticket purchasing is now live!

STOP PRESS – Group booking deadline extended until 1st September. To assist local schools – the local school deadline has been extended into term time – 5th September! Booking details at bottom of page here.

We are pleased to announce that the key event attractions are now listed on this website – please see the “Event Attractions” tab.

A subject of much anticipation; the Tracks to the Trenches team are pleased to announce that the on-line ticket purchase system is now “live” (as of 20:00 on 8th June 2014)!

The on-line facility offers the public the opportunity to purchase Adult, Child, Family, Friday evening photo-shoot and the ever popular “Access All Areas” passes in advance and beat the queues. As an added incentive, all on-line orders are entitled to a FREE copy of the event guide.

The closing date for on-line ordering is 1st September 2014.

We look forward to seeing you in September!
Please let us know if any issues are encountered with the on-line purchase system.

Advance group booking now available!

We have recently been able to confirm the group/party booking details for “Tracks to the Trenches”. Advance group bookings (for 10 or more) are offered at a significantly discounted rate – please see our “Tickets” page for more details or contact us via the contact options on this page.


Book Launch!

The Moseley Railway Trust (our parent organisation) takes the “museum” side of things very seriously. The production and publication of books and other learned treatise is a key part of this element of the Trust’s work. Possibly the best-known such work (within railway circles) is the legendary A Guide to Simplex Locomotives book, described as the definitive work on the subject (not by the authors either, which makes a nice change). This book, into its nth reprint, is still available.

However, the point of all this is to bring your attention, dear reader, to the MRT’s latest venture in this area. We have teamed up with Railway Gazette International who publish a very grown-up magazine about proper trains and the rail industry, to reprint their 1920 special edition on War Transport. This sponsorship arrangement has been kindly instigated to help us prepare for our First World War museum area developments and to support our Tracks to the Trenches event.

Back in 1920, this would have been the first time that most readers would have become aware of the machines and techniques used to achieve the recent victory Please click here to download the order form.– much of it had been secret until then. Key topics covered are the vast standard gauge (also know as Broad Gauge to the railway crews) and narrow gauge railway operations – as well as the work of the lesser known Directorate of Inland Waterways and Dock operations (covering canals, harbours and train ferries).

Since 1920, copies of this special edition have been highly prized collectors’ items. We have had the original professionally scanned and enhanced, to maximise the reproduction of the many pictures. New colour covers and a foreword have been added. The book is “A4” size, and contains 160 pages. We expect to receive retail copies of the book in early October 2013.

Please call in at the Apedale shop if you’re in the area, or download the flyer from here to order your copy!

A little taster…

Over the last 12 months we have been steadily working behind the scenes to raise the profile of First World War light railways and our own Tracks to the Trenches – 2014 event.

We were privileged to be invited to be part of the First World War Living History section at the 5 day War & Peace Revival show in Folkestone last weekend – by providing a 20hp Bent-Frame Simplex and Class D open wagon. Through the good offices of the Royal Logistics Corps museum and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent’s Living history group we were able to provide a trulySimplex in the sun! realistic combination of Trench and Trench tramway.

The public seemed to have appreciated the efforts of the West Kent’s – as their display was awarded best in show!

The photos below give a further taster of what should be happening at Apedale next September!

Simplex and GS (horse drawn) wagonTroop train!


We are pleased to announce that the posters & leaflets for the “Tracks to the Click to download the leaflet!Trenches” event are now available for general release.

It would be a great help for anyone out there to download and print out copies for display/distribution on our behalf.

We would love to hear of the most unusual location of where the poClick to download the poster!sters get displayed!