We are very pleased to be able to confirm a comprehensive model railway show within “Tracks to the Trenches 2016”, including trade support.
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.
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It 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.
* Subject to final confirmation
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
Onemanandhispuck blog – http://onemanandhispuck.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/tracks-to-trenches.html
Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Valley Light Railway – 13/09/2014
Tracks to the trenches
‘Tracks to the Trenches’ – Apedale Valley Light Railway 14/9/14
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
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.
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.
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 – 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!