Battle to rage again at Apedale Valley Railway

THE award-winning Tracks to the Trenches event will return to the Apedale Valley Light Railway for a third time next year, it has been confirmed.

Organiser the Moseley Railway Trust will once again be holding the event on July 13-15.

No steam in sight: a Hudswell, Clarke industrial diesel heads a passenger service during the Apedale Valley Railway’s Diesel Delights gala on October 7-8. MRT

The event, centred round a recreation of a Western Front trench, brings together narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock that were used in the First World War and the roles that they played in the conflict.

The trust would be pleased to hear from organisations interested in sponsorship opportunities at this high-profile event, and also from potential exhibitors of items relevant to the 1914-1918 period.

As the climax of another successful running season, a new event for 2017 at the 2ft gauge Potteries line was Diesel Delights on October 7-8, conceived and planned by a small group of the railway’s younger members.

During this weekend, 18 of the railway’s fleet of diesel and petrol locomotives had an outing on the passenger train. It was the first time an event focused on the non-steam locomotives at Apedale had been run.

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