Chasewater Railway Museum Sept-Oct 1966 Bits & Pieces 37

Chasewater Railway Museum Sept-Oct 1966 Bits & Pieces 37

Taken from the ‘Mercian’ Sept-Oct 1966, Vol. 5 No.5

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Midland Coach in 1958 near to the Manchester Ship Canal

Officers’ Reports

From the Editorial

The editorial this month will be short for there are other matters which take priority.  The AGM is one and you will find that one page is devoted to the AGM notice.

It is essential that as many as possible attend so please make a very special effort to be present at the meeting.  The next twelve months and the policy to be carried out will be debated at the meeting – your observations are of paramount importance to the society, be sure that your voice is heard at the meeting.

It seemed to matter back then…..

The society have negotiated the purchase of an ex Midland Railway 4-wheeled coach in an excellent state of preservation.  The cost of £40 is being borne by the funds.  However there are the removal expenses to be found and for this purpose I would like to appeal to you on behalf of your officials for help in this direction.  Any donations should be sent to Frank Harvey, it is anticipated that about £25 will be required at least.

From the Hon. Treasurer

 

Financially the society continues to hold its own although we cannot afford to let up on any money making schemes.  The Tote is certainly our best source of income at present (prizes ranging from £4 to £35.75) but we need to improve it by selling more tickets.  Do not hesitate to contact our Chairman if you require a supply of tickets.

Subscription renewals are being painfully maintained, and there is room for improvement here.  Prompt renewals help us to budget for the next year, for we then have a good idea as to how much we have to find from other sources.  I appeal to all of you to renew promptly and of course to introduce as many new members as possible.

Around the Clubs and Societies

London Railway Preservation Society:  The latest arrival at Luton Depot is Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST number 1865 built in 1925.  The loco is owned by D. Alexander and is on loan.  She came from Southall Gas Works.

Vintage Carriage Trust:  The Vintage Carriage Trust is shortly to add another coach to the collection assembled at Keighley.  It is an 1888 GNR six-wheeled brake third.

Scottish Railway Preservation Society:  The society has just acquired what is believed to be the last ex Highland Railway Co. goods vehicle.  It is a 10 ton brake van and it is at present at Newtownmore awaiting removal to the society’s museum.

Festiniog:  Further sections of the line are due to be re-opened shortly.  Another new coach is also nearing completion; this is the fourth to come from Boston Lodge Works.  A toilet is being included in the design for the first time.

The popularity of the line continues apace with over one million passengers being carried as at April of this year.

Did you know that we once had a Trolley Bus?

First Printed in the Mercian March-April 1966 Vol.5 No.2

 

The Odd Man Out at Hednesford –  J. Hughes.

March 1964 saw the arrival of the odd vehicle in the form of Wolverhampton Corporation Trolley-bus 616.

This vehicle was a gift to the RPS by the Corporation of Wolverhampton to whom it was always known as ‘Groaner’ because of the double differential rear axle – it was the only one so fitted.  At Hednesford it is known as ‘The Trolley’.  No.616 was delivered to the Wolverhampton Corporation Transport Department on March 9th 1949 as one of 99 new Sunbeam and Guy trolley buses of similar design.  This order was destined to be the last one placed for new trolley buses, and when all the new vehicles were on the road all but a dozen or so of the pre-war fleet were withdrawn for scrap.

No. 616 continued in service without any serious accident or major body alterations for the next fourteen years, indeed the only body alteration was the substitution of winking indicators in place of trafficators and the removal of the shields from the trolley buses on the roof.

In 1961 the blow was struck when Wolverhampton Town Council decided to ‘write off’ the entire trolley bus system and replace it with diesel powered buses.  At this time there were 153 trolley buses operating on twelve routes.  These included the entire 1949 batch plus some war-time vehicles which had been fitted with new bodies, some were being done when the controversial plan was announced.

Needless to say the local papers were full of letters ‘for and against’ the trolley bus system, and it was at this stage that the enthusiasts got together to try and arrange some kind of preservation scheme.

The one who got away!

Not everyone who is a member of Chasewater Railway knows that when we were based in Hednesford, we had a trolley bus.  One member who definitely did know took the following photographs in the 1960s. 

The first one is of his brother sitting in the cab of the trolley bus, and the second is a group of young ladies posing in front of ‘Cannock Wood’ the lady in the centre is our man’s late wife, also a member.  What I would like to know is how did they get away?  Considering the fact that they were visiting the railway, it was to be some 40 years before we got any useful work out of him!  To be fair, he has been worked fairly hard since we did get hold of him – getting the full set – TTI, Guard, Second Man, Diesel Driver and Station Master, not to mention Santa.

He’s certainly proved his worth in the museum

but we are getting a bit worried about where he wants to go next!!!

Regards to  Godfrey Hucker!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Taken from the Mercian July – August 1966 Vol.5 No.4

Taken from the Mercian July – August 1966 Vol.5 No.4

 

From the Secretary’s Report.

Members will be pleased to hear that we have moved the Barclay saddletank to the Hixon yard of our friend Jake Bacon.  (I’ve not read anything about this loco in the magazines until now.  It’s now known as Colin McAndrew!  There’s a photo of it at Hixon.)

Barclay Loco Colin McAndrew at Hixon – Rob Duffill’s Collection.

Renovation work is in progress until such time as she can be moved to the safety of the Chasewater building.  It is hoped that the two Pecketts will join her in the very near future, and I would like to express thanks to all those who have responded to the call for cash to cover the removal expenses.

Progress at Chasewater has been maintained steadily by the faithful few and the line is now in up to the site of the building.  The other track here has been left for the time being to enable the contractors to work in the confines of the trackbed.  A start has been made at the causeway end of the line in re0laying a length taken out by the demolition people and then work will centre on track tidying, moving a considerable amount of shale and spoil to strengthen the embankment near the small overbridge and other remedial works.  We shall still need plenty of help so please come.

From the Treasurer’s Report

Finance is reasonable at the moment but Chasewater is a big drain on resources and we must try to stem the flow as much as possible without jeopardising the project. (Given the state of Chasewater water level at the moment, the wording seems very prophetic!)

 

Late Round Up – Hon. Editor

I must apologise most profusely for the lateness of this edition due to personal circumstances beyond my control.   The next edition will reach you on time, and will contain news of the AGM.  I hope you will bear with me this time as I do like to have the mag. out on time.  (Considering the fact that this was the fourth magazine of the year members nowadays would certainly bear with him!)

Chasewater Railway Museum – 1966 May-June Vol.5 No.3 Bits & Pieces 35

Chasewater Railway Museum

1966 May-June Vol.5 No.3 Bits & Pieces 35

From the ‘Mercian’ May – June 1966 Vo.5 No.3

From the Editorial

 

The past few weeks have seen a number of developments both at Hednesford and at Chasewater.  Much effort by Melvyn Balance, Brian Hames, Frank Craddock and Ken Martin has transformed a large number of our collection of iron and brass into gleaming exhibits for open days, and I thank the lads for this useful contribution. 

Further items to arrive have been some LNWR destination clocks and finger boards from Walsall Station, some roof vents and other parts for the GER Brake from our good friend Mr. Plyer and his colleagues of the GE Society, and a load of wooden rail keys for Chasewater from the Severn Valley Society for which we sent our grateful thanks.  Other work at Hednesford has involved a general tidying up of the site for Open Day at Easter which attracted a fair number of visitors, among them two or three new members.  Particular thanks to our attractive salesgirls, Penny, Pat, Pauline, Dorothy and Jean for their help in raising just over £20 for the funds.

The work on tracklaying at Chasewater has progressed slowly but surely and has now reached the point where it becomes double track up to the museum building.  Work has been speeded up considerably no doubt because of the acquisition of our first loco – albeit a diesel – which is working up at Chasewater and is proving a boon in moving the NSR wagon and heavily laden platelayers’ trucks.

The loco has cost £50 – all subscribed for by about a dozen members – to save the general funds, and it is being recorded here for all to see that we are deeply grateful for this fine gesture.  This is only the start; we have more offers to consider.  The next one is a small saddle-tank in full working order at about £75.  How about a few advance donations??  Offers to me in the first instance, please.  More details will be given when these are to hand.  Continuing the money matters section, we have three steam locos to move from Warrington to Chasewater at an approximate cost of £250.  The Treasurer has already received a few donations as a result of the appeal made in the January edition.  However this is far from enough and we MUST move the locos within two months or we shall have to forfeit them completely.  Please, PLEASE help us to raise the ‘lolly’ before the end of May.  Contact either the Treasurer or myself as soon as possible, donations (or interest-free loans) desperately wanted.

The weekly Tote has now been launched and is going very well thanks to the faithful few who are selling tickets each week.  To date over £20 has been raised for the funds; this could be trebled if we can sell more tickets.  I do appeal to all members within range of the Depot to call and collect books of tickets for sale among their workmates and other contacts, please contact Albert Holden at your earliest convenience for tickets and full details of the Tote.

A.A.Chatfield – Hon. Editor

The Tote was run successfully for a number of years, bringing in much needed funds for the Society.

Hon. Treasurer’s Report

Planet Diesel Loco.  Members will be interested to hear that we have now acquired a Planet four wheel diesel locomotive. It was built by F. C. Hibberd around 1930, the exact date and history of the loco is, as yet, unknown.  It is powered by a Paxman 50 hp 3 cyl. Engine, and is capable of pulling several wagons.Laurence Hodgkinson

The loco has been delivered to Chasewater where it is in regular use on P. Way trains.  Members are now at work on repainting and repairing the body where necessary.  This has to be done on weekday evenings as the loco is on duty every weekend.  Any members willing to assist should contact me so that definite working times can be arranged.

It is important to complete restoration work as soon as possible as the loco is on show to the general public to a greater extent than any other item of rolling stock at the present time.

We would like to express our thanks to members Roger Hateley of Lichfield who has done all the negotiating for this valuable item of equipment.

Chasewater Railway Museum – From loan to own

Chasewater Railway Museum

From loan to own

After a fair few years with the Museum on loan, our friend, known as ‘Meccano Joe’ has very kindly given these 3 large and some smaller items from his large collection to Chasewater Railway Museum.

They have always created great interest from kids young and not-so-young, and evoked many memories, as I’m sure they will for years to come.

These items, along with many more, were on show some years ago at Christmas in the Heritage Centre, where Santa used to reside.  (Picture below).

Many, many thanks Joe.

The models can be seen on this photo, with the never-to-be-forgotten talking robot, wired for sound, who talked to the children with no apparent human aid!  He got some amazing looks!

Chasewater Railway Museum – January 2020 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum 

January 2020 Newsletter

A busy December for the collection, 2 pages to read!

Contact: j.tisdale45@yahoo.com

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone And a Happy New Year

 

From all the Chasewater Railway Museum Staff, thank you for your support over the past year – hopefully we shall see you again next year.

Photographs by kind permission of Godfrey Hucker