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#1 defiant1uk

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:53

SEE LAST POST (BELOW) FOR MOST UP-TO-DATE INFO!!

 

www.ww1-event.org

 

Following on from the great success of the "Tracks to the Trenches" event at the Apedale Valley Light Railway in 2014, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the event is to be repeated and developed in 2016 and 2018. Attracting over 3000 visitors from across the UK and Europe, the 2014 event also received much praise and acclaim.

 

2018* (TTTT 3) – a 4 day World War 1 centenary event from 13th – 15th July 2018. Currently anticipated as really special year. Further details to be confirmed shortly, but hopefully developing on from TTTT1 and 2.

 

Please keep the date in your diaries & watch the event website for exciting developments!

 

The organisers would like to invite any interested exhibitors or traders to contact us through this forum or through the event website – we would be pleased to hear from you!

 

www.ww1-event.org


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#2 defiant1uk

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 22:26

Hi All,

Tracks to the Trenches - 13-15th July 2018

Apedale Valley Light Railway - North Staffordshire

www.ww1-event.org

 

Well, it's less than 2 weeks to go so I thought it was worth mentioning about the Third event in the First World War Centenary Trilogy at Apedale - which is a Narrow Gauge & Living History megafest.

 

On the modelling front, there are a vast array of Narrow Gauge military (mostly WW1 or related) model railways in 009, 1/35, O14, O16.5 & 16mm scale. A good range of traders and much more - including a display of highly detailed 16mm locos/stock from the famous the late Henry Holdsworth collection.

 

We are reliably informed that a pre-production sample of the forth coming 16mm scale LROD Hunslet 4-6-0T from Accucraft should be making an appearance too (potentially even operating at some stage).

 

As if that wasn't enough - you may also get to see the 12":1ft real thing!

 

For the first time (and probably not repeated again for a long time) you'll be able to see Hunslet 4-6-0T, Baldwin 4-6-0T, Hudson 0-6-0WT, Kerr Stuart Joffre 0-6-0T, Brigadelok 0-8-0T all in action to a back drop of a sea of First World War living history groups/displays, Cavalry, Vehicles, Field Gun, Motor Rail 20hp (Wizz-Bang) Bent-frame locos, 40hp Tin Turtles and more original/authentic WW1 rolling stock than anywhere else. 

 

Many more details available on the event website - www.ww1-event.org

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#3 Benjamin Brady

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 23:14

Evening All 

 

  A very good event , we shall be attending with a WW1 Diorama ( Some where in Europe ) so do please come along , you shall not be disappointed .

 

  Thanks 


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Posted 06 July 2018 - 23:26

Looks like a 'once in a very long time' event!

Dava

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 11:29

Very much looking forward to what will be a very long journey and long weekend. Just hoping the weather eases back a bit though!



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Posted 07 July 2018 - 20:18

Looks like a 'once in a very long time' event!

Dava

Evening 

 

  Think you are correct , when you look at what they have there ,big and small alike .

 

  And the weather still looks to be good .



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:18

Phil and I should be along to film some bits and pieces tomorrow; if you see us please do come and say hello - we may even get you in some shots!



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 13:21

Hello

 

   "Somewhere in Europe " loaded , in Caravan !!!!!! , our usual transport not very well ,  a bit of a puzzle ,

 

    Only local so can set of in the morning , only a teaching Diorama so not much to set up .



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:02

I visited the show on Saturday, and can honestly say it was one of the best events I have EVER seen!!

 

Firstly the Apedale Valley Railway is a brilliant place, what a little gem! The fact that the lines run all over the place really gives it the perfect light railway feel. The amount of locos and rolling stock on show was incredible, and it was wonderful to see so many WW1 era locos in one place (the Baldwin being my favourite). Then there were all the displays, camps, reenactors, vehicles, horses.....truly marvellous! There was always something going on, a loco passing here, another on shunting there, a simplex running back and forth between trenches and camp. And there was such a good, relaxed atmosphere that you just don't get with so many big history/railway events!

 

One of my absolute favourite aspects of it though, having spent years going to English Heritage/National Trust/Large reenactments, was the fact it didn't feel constrained by health & safety! People were wondering everywhere, over tracks, standing right next to locomotives, and they just let us use our common sense. If something was coming, it would whistle/hooter and people would get out of the way, no fuss no bother. If they needed to move something they would say and people would move.....relaxed, calm, friendly. The cavalry display had lancers galloping with lances down literally a few feet from the spectators! English Heritage officials would have a heart attack if they saw that, but the feeling of a cavalryman on horseback thunder that close past you is breathtaking!

 

I often feel at big events that the crowd are seen as a nuisance by the organisers, but this was superb! The staff/volunteers and people taking part were friendly and helpful. Well done to everyone who organised and contributed to it!!

 

- Alex

 

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Edit: My entire photo album from the day is here


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:06

 it didn't feel constrained by health & safety! People were wondering everywhere, over tracks, standing right next to locomotives, and they just let us use our common sense. If something was coming, it would whistle/hooter and people would get out of the way, no fuss no bother. If they needed to move something they would say and people would move.....relaxed, calm, friendly. The cavalry display had lancers galloping with lances down literally a few feet from the spectators! 

 

It certainly wasn't down to any disregard for health and safety - there were extensive risk assessments carried out in advance of the event ensuring that participants were aware of risks, impacts and how to mitigate real risks. As you say there was scope for freedom but I could see that, at all times, there was observation of any potential problems and people accordingly helped ensure real risk was minimised. A credit to them.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:10

It certainly wasn't down to any disregard for health and safety - there were extensive risk assessments carried out in advance of the event ensuring that participants were aware of risks, impacts and how to mitigate real risks. As you say there was scope for freedom but I could see that, at all times, there was observation of any potential problems and people accordingly helped ensure real risk was minimised. A credit to them.

 

Absolutely! I wish all shows could be done with such care and attention while maintaining a free and safe feeling. :)

 

- Alex



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Posted Yesterday, 15:26

Truly a magnificent show and a great day out. Thanks to all the organisers and to all those who took part.

Jim. & Steve


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Posted Yesterday, 16:27

There were certainly good medical services: St John Ambulance, backed up by a full field surgical unit staffed by re-enactors, kitted out to WW1 standards for all injuries including amputations. Fortunately these were not required although a few people were a bit wobbly with the heat.

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