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 truly 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!
We are pleased to announce that the posters & leaflets for the “Tracks to the 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 posters get displayed!
Your Tracks to the Trenches event organisers are pleased to announce the release of the entry forms for Living History Groups, Traders & Vehicle exhibitors – please see the “Being Involved” section for downloads of all forms.
Besides the obvious railway/military/history enthusiasts; with many varied attractions available, we hope that there will plenty of families visiting, Wives, Girlfriends, Children and pets!
If you would like to SPONSOR any part of the event, please contact us with any ideas or suggestions – we are pleased to listen to all possibilities.
Perhaps you might consider having a hospitality space and invite your own guests to a surreal weekend! We would be pleased to discuss any requirements that you may have.
It has been a little while since we made an update here – so we thought it was time to report some progress! Following a lot of behind the scenes work, some of the key landscaping work has recently started on-site. The aim is to level off some field area (just under 1 acre), capable of being able to host a multitude of displays! We are grateful to Newcastle Borough Council, who have kindly provided us with a grant towards the reclamation of this former waste ground.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Moseley Railway Trust is honoured to have been asked to provide exhibits to support a major exhibition which is to be staged by the Dutch National Railway Museum at Utrecht – “Tracks to the Front“. 40Hp Motor Rail locomotive no.1369 and a water
tank wagon departed from the Trust’s base at Apedale, Staffordshire on 9th
March 2013. They will be displayed in Utrecht alongside other exhibits
gathered from as far afield as Serbia. The Motor Rail locomotive is one of
the distinctive “Enclosed” type locomotives. It was restored to working
order during an episode of the “Salvage Squad” TV series.
Phil Robinson, Moseley Railway Trust chairman said – We are delighted to be
able to support one of Europe’s major railway museums. We are confident that
this loan will further raise the profile of the Moseley Railway Trust, and
will also raise awareness of our major event “Tracks to the Trenches – 2014”
which will be held at Apedale in September 2014 to mark the start of the
First World War.
After weeks of our skilled technicians working around the clock, we are pleased to announce that the Tracks to the Trenches event now has its own public forum where you can follow venue development ideas and visitors, exhibitors & interested other parties can exchange ideas with each other and the event organisers.
We are keen to be as interactive as possible with our visitors & in this way we are offering you the chance to be part of the event organisation! Please use the “Public Forum” button on the menu at the top of the page to join in the discussions.
As ever – we are still keen to make contact with current army regiments who may be interested in assisting us in some form and we are equally keen to be given ideas on funding some of the more exotic attractions! Please contact us via the comments or by the contact box on the right of the main index page.