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Model railways announced for Tracks to the Trenches!

We are very pleased to be able to confirm a comprehensive model railway show within “Tracks to the Trenches 2016”, including trade support.7mm scale layout

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.

Driver experience course 2016 dates released!

Driver Experience DayWe are pleased to announce that the ever popular “Tracks to the Trenches” Driver experience course dates for 2016 have been released.

This unique “day in the life” (of a WW1 light railway driver) course is a perfect present for special occasions.  Delivered in a special presentation gift box, the voucher has a validity of 18 months, with the actual course date to be selected and booked directly by the recipient. With Christmas just around the corner, is this a perfect present for those difficult people who already have everything!?

Please see http://www.ww1-event.org/driver-experience-course for more details – which includes a rather convenient on-line purchase facility!

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.

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!