First visiting locomotive confirmed for Apedale Tracks to the Trenches event

THE Moseley Railway Trust has confirmed details of the first guest locomotive for its Tracks to the Trenches 2018 event at the Apedale Valley Light Railway.

The event, which will take place from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15, is the third in a series held to mark the centenary of the First World War, highlighting how narrow gauge
railways supported the fighting men of all nations.

Henschel Brigadelok 0-8-0 No. 15968 in action at the Tracks to the Trenches event in 2014. MRT

The Toddington-based North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway’s 1918-built Henschel Brigadelok 0-8-0 No. 15968 will make a return visit.

Nearly 2500 of this type of locomotive were built, by a variety of German builders, and they worked on light railways serving the German armed forces in many countries. The Brigadeloks also proved to be popular with industrial users after the war, and more than 100 still survive, scattered through 20 countries on four continents.

Henschel No. 15968 worked on a railway serving a sugar factory in Poland until being brought to the UK in 1985. It was subsequently restored to its current immaculate condition.

Trust chairman Phil Robinson said: “This is the first confirmed visiting loco for Tracks to the Trenches 2018 – but it won’t be the last.”

Details of the Tracks to the Trenches 2018 event are available at and advance tickets will be going on sale shortly.

The Moseley Railway Trust has invited approaches from any organisations that are interested in sponsorship opportunities at this high-profile event, and also from potential exhibitors of items that are relevant to the 1914-1918 period.

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