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Chasewater Railway – Don’t forget Volunteers’ Day – This Saturday – 30 March 2019

Don’t forget Volunteers’ Day 

This Saturday – 30 March 2019

For those who would like to help but are not as young as they used to be there is always the Museum, we need more volunteers too – just move occasionally and we won’t stick a label on you!

  • Chasewater Railway Museum
    We are looking for a volunteer to join
    the Museum Team to help maintain and
    manage the records of our obects and
    archives.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Museum itself is open on
    days when trains are scheduled to run.
    The role is very suitable for someone who has
    recently retired, knows his/her way round a
    computer, and is looking for something interesting
    to do with their free time.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Some knowledge of railways and local history
    could be beneficial when dealing with items with
    local connections.
    And tea & biscuits freely available!
    Interested?
    Just speak to one of our Museum Volunteers
    on duty.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Colourful Wagon Plate

Chasewater Railway Museum

Colourful Wagon Plate

A new addition to the museum collection is this large – 14.75″x 9.75″ – wagon plate.

Manufactured by the Birmingham Wagon Company Ltd.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Another Local Item

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another Local Item

A Single-Line Staff. 

A wooden staff with chain attached and three quite worn brass plates:

Holly Bank Colliery

Lewis Tileries

And Essington Wood

Essington Wood was the signal box controlling the Holly Bank Branch.  This information came from Frank Allen’s book :

“The Cannock Line – Fourteen Miles of History”

The staff was donated by Barry Bull.

 

Chasewater Railway Volunteers’ Day

Chasewater Railway

Volunteers’ Day, Saturday 30th March 2019

For those who would like to help but are not as young as they used to be there is always the Museum, we need more volunteers too – just move occasionally and we won’t stick a label on you!

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – Good to be back!

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Good to be back!

It felt good to be open yesterday after being closed for a while. There were more than 150 visitors through the door – more than we could have hoped for given the weather at the start of the day.

Sentinel above and DL7 below.

I have been busy sorting out photographs, some taken around Chasewater and others taken around Hednesford’s old station.

Hednesford old station buildings, looking towards Walsall.

Walsall end of the up platfrom, looking towards Rugeley.

There will be more when I manage to get them sorted and onto the database.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Opening for 2019 this coming Sunday, March 10th

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Opening for 2019 this coming Sunday,

March 10th

It’s been a while coming with a great deal of maintenance going on but on this Sunday, March 10th, a diesel service is scheduled and the Museum will be open.

Chasewater Railway Museum – March 2019 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

March 2019 Newsletter

2 pages!

Chasewater Railway Museum – February 2019 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

February 2019 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum – Short article from 1930 magazine

Chasewater Railway Museum

Short article from 1930 magazine

While perusing an old magazine, our curator cames across this article about a railwayman from Pelsall. We thought that it would be worth another airing.

Walsall.

On February 19 Ganger John Jones, Engineering Department, retired after 51 years’ service.  He commenced as tool-boy in No.3 extra gang.  After 11 years with the gang he was made sub-ganger, and three years later was promoted as ganger, which post he had filled on the Norton Branch, Pelsall, for 37 years.  He had served under 10 inspectors.

Photographer unknown

NORTON JUNCTION

 Situated roughly half way between Pelsall and Brownhills stations and originally known as Ryders Hayes this Norton Junction in South Staffordshire was by far the largest of the many that carry the name on the British rail network. It became so large because of enormous production of coal from the mines at Norton Canes and Cannock Chase. Wagons were brought down to the marshalling yard at the junction on National Coal Board lines, with coal board locomotives, to be marshalled into trains of the right length to make their journeys onward on the national rail network.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Photo of Walsall Wood Station

Chasewater Railway Museum

Photo of Walsall Wood Station

Tha latest photograph that we have come across of Walsall Wood Station.

Not sure of the date but it was before 1964 as the Walsall Wood Colliery was still working, as can be seen by the smoking chimney in the background. This closed in that year.

The line contiued through Clayhanger to Brownhills West and into the Cannock Chase Coalfield – via, these days, Chasewater Railway.