Coming soon to Chasewater Railway
for train and beer fans!
Next event – July 9th Burton Breweries Locomotives Day 2017
The latest news from the museum – not as many visitors as normal months due to the perparations for Santa’s visit, when the Heritage Centre is closed.
Come to Chasewater Railway this Christmas and join in the festivities with our ever popular Santa specials throughout December. With a steam train ride, a visit to Santa in his grotto, age appropriate wrapped gifts, light refreshments for adults and kids all included in the price of the ticket! If you are still feeling peckish our cafe The Sidings Tea Room will be open each day to providing hot and cold drinks, food and treats.
Santa’s grotto is located in our Heritage Centre so there is plenty to see and do!
Tickets are selling extremely fast with some of our trains already fully booked!!! Be quick and book now with our online booking system, follow the link to our Santa special page and click on book tickets
You MUST pre book for our Santa specials as selling tickets on the day is not always possible.
There are no trains running and the Museum will not be open on November 20th or 27th due to preparations in the Heritage Centre…….
A most important addition to the Museum’s archives is this programme of the evening’s event, held in the Heritage Centre on Friday evening, 23-9-2016
The award was presented to the Railway by Her Majesty’s Lord-Llieutenent for Staffordshire, Mr. Ian Dudson CBE Cst.
After the presentation there followed a train ride to Chasewater Heaths for the presentation of a replica crystal and scroll to the staff from the station.
On return to Brownhills West, an excellent buffet was on offer, which was enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to the catering staff.
Following a tour of the buildings, including the Museum, the Lord-Lieutenant departed.
At the conclusion of the evening, Mark Sealey, Chairman of the Railway, presented all working volunteers with a commemorative QAVS badge.
This time it’s a Railwayana Fair and Bus Rally, held at the time, in the early eighties, when Chasewater railway was not running trains.
A few enthusiasts kept going at Chasewater trying to raise funds for the time when the railway re-started operations.
On May 13th 2016 the Chasewater Railway Museum went ‘out on the road’ to the Museums at Night event, hosted by the Museum of Cannock Chase.
There were several other grooups there, including the Tamworth Aviation Group, Air Britain, Wedding Cars, and a group of Green Bus enthusiasts plus a display of vehicles outside. Also in the Museum was the ongoing exhibition ‘Transport of Delight’ by Chris Holloway – well worth a visit, running till June 19th.
The event was very well organised by the Museum of Cannock Chase, it just needed a little more public support. Perhaps the timing was not the best – 5.00pm till 8.00pm on a Friday evening, in retrospect, doesn’t seem ideal.
It was the Chasewater Railway Museum’s first event of the year and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Museum will be open on Sunday and Monday, and Thursday 31st March.
If you are going to visit Chasewater Railway for the Gala this weekend, don’t forget to pop into the museum and pay us a visit. We are to be found in the Heritage Centre.
Photo – Elja Trum
This locomotive is a six-coupled 0-6-0ST Saddle Tank No.813 under the Great Western Railway numbering system but was built for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks in 1901. The Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company was formed in 1894 to work the docks of the town. The Railway opened several branches especially those to the Llynfi & Garw valleys. This attracted a heavy coal traffic, which was dealt with at Duffryn Yard.
In 1901 the PTR ordered a number of small 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotives (six in all) from Hudswell Clark of Leeds & was given the works No. 555/01 & on delivery it became PTR No.26. In this guise it was put to work in Duffryn Yard & served in this capacity until 1908 when the PTR was absorbed into the GWR system. However, no changes were made to the loco at this time until the grouping which brought changes to No.26 in that it was first Westernised & given the GWR number 813.
The GWR decided later however that the older absorbed locos should be sold off out of service & No.813 fund itself on that list in 1934. It was sold to a Backworth Colliery, Northumberland where it was again renumbered as No.12 & remained there for the next 33 years. The No.12 did not stay for long though, as when the colliery was absorbed in to the National Coal Board when it was formed in 1947 it became NCB No.11
In 1950 it was fitted with a new boiler & firebox. However the original GWR boiler fittings were retained. As steam working was nearly at an end hastened by the closing of collieries, older locos were withdrawn in the late 1950’s & early 60’s with 813 lasting until the summer of 1967.
The loco was duly discovered by Mr. Paddy Goss & attempts to preserve it were ultimately successful for he was able, after a great struggle to raise funds as is ever the case in the preservation scene, to purchase the loco. The loco arrived at the Severn Valley Railway in November 1967 with sufficient finance available to pay for the removal charges. Since then much loving care & a great deal of money has been spent keeping 813 in its present condition.