Category Archives: Locomotives

An old Chasewater Railway Photograph From the Industrial Railway Society’s September 2016 Magazine

An old Chasewater Railway Photograph

From the Industrial Railway Society’s September 2016 Magazine

 

The IRS’s AGM took place on Saturday 16th April 2016 at Chasewater Railway.

It was enjoyed by IRS members and the members of the Railway who were involved in running special trains for the Society.

20&21This photograph was taken by Cliff Shepherd at the IRS AGM weekend in April 1972.

On the Sunday, visits were made to Chasewater and members travelled in the Maryport and Carlisle carriage of 1875 vintage and the Great Western Brake Van, which now, in 2016, is restored to its former glory.

The locomotives involved topping and tailing were two former Worthington Brewery Planet locomotives, nos. 20 and 21, on what was then a very basic railway.

Holly Bank IRS

Holly Bank No.3 (Hunslet 3783-1953) runs around after the first of the IRS trains at Chasetown Church Street Station on 16-4-2016.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Rosyth No.1 steam loco Here for a while

Chasewater Railway Museum – Another Visiting Loco – J94 No.68009

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another Visiting Loco – J94 No.68009

Including video

68009

68009

Information – Great Central Railway

Although locomotives of this type are generally known by their LNER classification, J94, the design originated with the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds in 1937. The J94 locomotives gained their claim to fame when, in 1942, they were chosen as the basis for a standard shunting locomotive for war service.
68009 was built in 1953 as Hunslet works No. 3825 for the National Coal Board and sent to the Kent coalfield. Although the locomotive ran for many years on the Great Central Railway in early British Railways livery, it was never a BR locomotive and therefore the number it carries belongs to a locomotive long since scrapped. However, it was discovered that the boiler was first fitted to the real 68009 and so it was felt appropriate to finish the loco in this livery. 68009 operated at the Snowdown Colliery near Deal in Kent.

 

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Another visiting loco pics & video clip – Wemyss No.15

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another visiting loco pics & video clip

2008 – Wemyss No.15

Wemyss No.15 at CWHWemyss No.15 at Chasetown (Church Street)

 

Wemyss No.15

2183/1943

Hunslet Austerity, a powerful 0-6-0 saddle tank built to a wartime austerity design that latterly saw service as No. 15 on the industrial Wemyss Private Railway in Fife, Scotland

No. 15 is a Hunslet-designed Austerity 0-6-0ST, one of 13 subcontracted to Andrew Barclay. One of only three of the Andrew Barclay-built examples to survive.

This loco came to Chasewater for the February Gala 2008.
The Wemyss Private Railway was a network of lines, sometimes known as the Wemyss Estate Railway. The lines were a group of mineral and other railways in Fife, Scotland, mainly on the land of the Wemyss family. They were built to connect coal pits to harbours and the railway network, for the use of tenants of the Estate. The Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway was built at the expense of the Wemyss Estate and carried passengers; it was later sold to the North British Railway.

When numerous collieries needed a railway connection the Wemyss Estate built a connecting line to Methil Harbour and improved the harbour itself. The local network became known as The Wemyss Private Railway and the Estate’s interest was transferred to the Wemyss Coal Company. These terms have been used interchangeably by authors.

The collieries were nationalised in 1947 and the sidings connections at the pits followed; the main line railways of Great Britain were nationalised in 1948, but the central section, now known as the Wemyss Private Railway remained in private hands. However the mineral activity in East Fife declined and in 1970 the Wemyss Private Railway closed down.

Wemyss No.15 Lined Phil TrotterWhen the loco visited Chasewater Railway, sadly she wasn’t lined out, but in this photo by Phil Trotter, she can be seen in all her glory!

Chasewater Railway Museum – ‘Burton Brewery Locomotive Day’

Chasewater Railway Museum

Just a thought about the tremendously successful Chasewater Railway ‘Burton Brewery Locomotive Day’.  It was great to see some museum items ‘on active service’.

2014_07220062 The Hem Heath plate and the Worthington nameplates were attached to their vehicles for the first time in some years.

Hem Heath Plate

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Worthington Plate

These plates usually reside in the museum – it was great to see them put to their proper use!

A gallery of more vehicles on display:

 

 

Chasewater Railway’s Diesel Locos – Bass No.11

Chasewater Railway’s Diesel Locos

Bass No.11

DSCF9083Monday March 31st 2014 saw the latest locomotive to arrive at Chasewater, this being a 107 hp 0-4-0 diesel built by Baguley of Burton-on-Trent, works number 3590 of 1962. The loco was delivered new to the brewery giant ‘Bass’ again, of course, in Burton-on-Trent. The loco cost £8,939 new. Eventually Bass discontinued use of their railway system but No.11, as the loco had become in the fleet at Bass, being relatively new was sold on for further use at Wagon Repairs Ltd., Port Tennant, West Glamorgan, leaving for its new home in March 1968.
In 1998 the loco was sold to Staffordshire Locos and eventually resold again to Mr. Trevor Smith, who kept it in his yard off Engine Lane, Lye.
The loco has been purchased and eventually will see further use at Chasewater.
Some of the above information was taken from the excellent Industrial Railway Society publication ‘Burton Brewery Railways’, author Cliff Shepherd.
Barry Bull – Chasewater Railway Museum