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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.


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.


Well, the countdown has firmly begun and the Moseley Railway Trust events team are now well into the planning for TTTT3 13-15th July 2018.

Photo 22-05-2015 12 08 19There is much to do and of course, importantly, we need to engage with potential sponsors. If you are a potential sponsor – please get in touch, we would be delighted to hear from you!!

Driver Experience DayIn the interim, we are able to offer a very personal taster of the Tracks to the Trenches events – our very popular driver experience course (a perfect Fathers day present for very lucky fathers).


  • Monday 24th April
  • Friday 8th June
  • Monday 26th June
  • Friday 7th July

Please watch this space for more event news soon!

Going to the flicks…..

Although sometimes it seems difficult to believe, Tracks to the Trenches is not just about the light railways. The Living History areas and vintage vehicles are of equal importance – as we hope to be able to give the visitor an appreciation of what life was like 100 years ago.

First World War cinema - light railway in foregroundImperial Bioscope Company - travelling cinema

With thanks to the assistance of Newcastle Borough Council, we have been very fortunate to book and secure a recreation of an Edwardian travelling cinema. The Imperial Bioscope Company will present a silent move cinema, that will screen First World War newsreels featuring light railways on the Western Front. The cinema is typical of the travelling rural cinemas from the period and was a recreational facility often provided to the troops in the quieter rear areas.