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.

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!

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

Chasewater Railway Museum – a bit tidier!

Chasewater Railway Museum – a bit tidier!

 

Godfrey has been very busy tidying up the signal box nameboards.

They used to lie flat and were very attractive for small feet to walk on!

No more, Godfrey made some brackets so now they stand at an angle, and also they can be seen so much better.

Pop in and have a look.

Chasewater Railway Museum 1966 Mar-April Vol.5 No.2 Bits & Pieces 34

Chasewater Railway Museum 1966 Mar-April Vol.5 No.2 Bits & Pieces 34

Taken from the Officers’ Reports Mercian Mar-April 1966 Vol. 5 No.2

An early booking office

 

The Editorial started with an apology for the slightly poor printing in parts of the previous issue, and thanks to the members who responded to the call for more articles – still more needed!

The Editorial continued:

A certain cross-section of the Society are seething about the ex-NSR Battery loco which has been restored and which will be displayed in the Staffs County Council Museum at Shugborough Hall.

The Society wrote to British Rail more than three years ago to ascertain when this loco would be taken out of traffic.  A reply from the Company stated that our interest had been noted and that when withdrawn the Midland Area (RPS) would have a chance of purchasing the loco although no price was given at the time.

It would now appear that there has been some internal skulduggery in the Stoke Offices of British Rail and the Society has been completely passed over without so much as a letter informing them of the new plans for the loco.  It seems a pity that when British Rail change their Area Managers they also change their minds about genuine requests for the earmarking of relics.  One hopes that this practise will not spread, otherwise preservation societies will not know where they are when earmarking future items for which they have the ready money. (I must find out what happened to this loco! Now in National Railway Museum).

How many of you caught the picture of our few stalwarts working at Chasewater which appeared in the ‘Express & Star’ on February 7th???  I hope it conveyed to those who saw it that we have a crying need for more hands on the site.  We have just over a month to complete relaying up to the point where the building will stand.  We are fortunate in having some useful pieces of equipment to help us speed up the work but most of all we need a few – no, a hell of a lot more – hands to use it.  There are now Saturday and Sunday afternoon working parties, can you make one of them at least three times per month???Not the pic from the paper but you must get the point!

Laurence Hodgkinson Collection.

 

To explain the next paragraph for those of tender years!

Barbara Castle.

As Minister of Transport (23 December 1965–6 April 1968), she presided over the closure of approximately 2050 miles of railways as she enacted her part of the Beeching Cuts – a betrayal of pre-election commitments by the Labour party to halt the proposals. Nevertheless, she refused closure of several lines, one example being the Looe Valley Line in Cornwall, and introduced the first Government subsidies for socially necessary but unprofitable railways in the Transport Act 1968.

Sandplace Halt

A request stop on the Looe Valley Railway Line.

© Copyright Tony Atkin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

It had to come – a woman in charge of the nations transport.  Already the winds of change are blowing through Transport House and many rumours have flooded the railway press concerning the fate of the present restored transport relics and more particularly those awaiting restoration.  It has been announced that the smaller relics section at York is due to be closed and it would seem that if this goes through it will act as the thin end of the wedge for Clapham itself.

Privately preserved relics are reasonably assured of safety but what of those still within the control of British Rail?  We have been told that two locos which have already been scheduled are now off the list, what others will follow?  The ARPS must unite now, to stop any acts of vandalism being carried out on these treasures of our transport heritage.  A small voice will be no good in the wilderness of Transport House, there must be a noise like the trumpets at Jericho!

Will it come too late??!!

One appreciates the difficulties involved but a concerted effort by all enthusiasts irrespective of society or railway bias, must come now.

I am sure that the ARPS will be to the forefront when the time arrives for a showdown with the lady who has a finger on the button which could destroy for ever the tangible reminders of our transport history.

More from the pleading treasurer!

In response to my appeal one or two members have donated something towards the removal costs of the two Peckett 0-4-0STs and I am very grateful indeed.  A lot more would be welcome, also donations towards the cost of the Stroudley E1, on which we still owe the NCB £100.

From the Chasewater Secretary

Thanks to my pointed appeal for guarantors I am pleased to say that the response has been overwhelming, and we have the requisite number.  My thanks to all those who made such generous offers – it brings us one step nearer to our ambitions.