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Railways remember the FALLEN

The UK’s railway heritage sector marked the centenary of the Armistice in a variety of ways. World War One began on July 28, 1914 – the calamitous conflict ended four years, three months and 14 days later on November 11, 1918.

Railways played a pivotal role of course – supplying men, munitions and machinery. It was therefore appropriate that our heritage lines paid their respects to all who served their country, 100 years on.


The Apedale Valley Light Railway in Newcastle-under-Lyme extended its running season by an additional weekend to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

On November 10 and 11, three locomotives dating from the time of the First World War were in operation at the Potteries line – the Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT (No. 238 of 1916), Joffre 0-6-0T (No. 3014 of 1917) and Hunslet 4-6-0T No. 303 (No. 1215 of 1916) – along with the Great War-era internal combustion locos in the collection. These locomotives were in use on the passenger train and also hauling trains of appropriate wagons on both the main line and the Field Railway. The reproduction trench was also open for visits.

Phil Robinson, chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, which operates the line said:

“Remembrance Sunday was a particularly poignant occasion. We observed the two-minute silence, which ended with a chorus of whistles. The Last Post was also played.”

The friendly 2ft gauge line is home to a rich collection of authentic First World War rolling stock and held its Tracks to the Trenches event in July, sponsored by Heritage Railway and its sister title, The Railway Magazine.


Four hundred employees of the Cambrian Railways Company left to fight in the Great War, with 54 not returning. The firm’s operating territory

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