Chasewater Railway Museum
From the 1968 magazine 1.3
The Chasewater Report
At last we have permission to start the compound, I hope work will commence within the next month as so much depends on getting this site ready for steaming of locomotives this summer. I think it is most important that we make an effort to attract the general public.
New arrivals this summer (all being well) will be a bolster wagon from Holly Bank and the Midland Railway crane from the Hednesford depot.
We hope during May, the Neilson from Glasgow and a Hawthorn Leslie from Manchester will have arrived, and there is also a likelihood of two salt wagons from Sandbach, Cheshire; and providing suitable transport can be found at a reasonable cost, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln coach and the South Eastern and Chatham Railway brake from the Derwent valley should also be here by the late summer. (There was an appeal for £400 for the transport costs later in the magazine.)
Track clearing is still making steady progress, although there have been one or two setbacks, e.g. the extensive re-packing of the point at the south end of the passing loop, due to the continual burning of the bank; the work has now been successful. The latest bit of vandalism as you no doubt have read was the removal of three lengths of track from the north end of the line by people of low moral character (I would have expressed it somewhat differently! Starts with a ‘b’ and ends with an ‘s’!), resulting in the derailment of the tool van and the flat wagon. This has now been completely relaid.
During the next two months a total of 1053 feet of track has to be lifted and relaid on the compound site, as you will no doubt gather this will require a great deal of hard work by the Chasewater working party to meet the deadline, and we would appreciate very much the appearance of members whom we have not seen so far.
Due to the rapid expansion of the relics at both Hednesford and Chasewater, I think the need arises in the centralisation of work at these two depots. There is a strong case for forming various departments i.e. loco footplate crews, signalling department fitters and permanent way staff. If anyone has any ideas on the above departments, please let Frank Harvey or myself know.
This article was written as an appreciation of the work done at Chasewater and Hixon towards getting the Chasewater site and loco ready for steaming later this year (1968).
But it also asked for more work to be done at Hednesford, as the state of the Travelling Post Office and the Royal Saloon was giving rise to some concern. Mr. Siberry was asking for a weekend in May to concentrate on painting these two items.