“Tracks to the Trenches” : 13 to 15 July 2018

Tracks to the Trenches

WW1 Narrow Gauge Railway and Living History Event: A Family Day Out!
Staffordshire Great War Centenary events : 13 to 15th July 2018

Photograph from 2014/2016 'Tracks to the Trenches' events, courtesy of Julian Rainbow of BOHRT.The 2018  Tracks to the Trenches event marks the finalé of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations – highlighting the tremendous expansion of the British light railways, which were used right up until the Armistice in 1918.

In 2014 and 2016 the Apedale Valley Light Railway hosted major First World War centenary events – marking 100 years since the start of the “War to end all wars”. These highly acclaimed centenary events focused on the often overlooked areas of transport and logistics used by all combatants during the conflict. This was the narrow gauge light railways’ finest hour.

Photograph from 2014/2016 'Tracks to the Trenches' events, courtesy of Julian Rainbow of BOHRT.The Apedale Valley Light Railway is the narrow gauge public passenger railway that is operated by the volunteer run Moseley Railway Trust charity at its Apedale home near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Using much of the Apedale site that had previously been inaccessible to the public, the site developments completed for the event, are now a legacy to last well beyond the centenary period and more developments are underway.

Photograph from 2014/2016 'Tracks to the Trenches' events, courtesy of Julian Rainbow of BOHRT.Of specific interest to those fascinated by the Salonika campaign will be the display stand of BOHRT, the British Overseas Railways Historical Trust. This will show models of locomotives and rolling stock on both what the Railway Operating Department called the broad-gauge (i.e. standard gauge) and 60cm lines. The model display will include 3 broad gauge models of locomotives that served in Salonika and 2 60 cm examples.

My thanks go to BOHRT Trustee, Julian Rainbow, for providing information (and photos) about this event.

Event opening hours

  • Friday 13 July – 12:30 until 17:30
  • Saturday 14 July – 10:30 until 17:30
  • Sunday 15 July – 10:30 until 17:30
  • Last admission at 16:00


Apedale Valley Light Railway, Apedale Country Park, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Staffordshire, ST5 7LB

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Author: Andy Hutt

Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served in Salonika as a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1916-1918. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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