In late 2017 the Chasewater Railway Museum was handed a query from Ray Foster with regard to the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Paddy Train, which ran from Hednesford to the colliery in Cannock Wood
We have tried to answer one or two other queries in the time since, the latest ones being about the loco and the size of the nameplate, numberplate and the size of the letters ‘CRC’ on the tanks. Some of the items are in the Museum collection so it was relatively simple to be of help. Now that Ray has completed his ‘0’ gauge model, he has sent us a photograph of the complete train. A first class job!
If anyone is interested in getting the parts for the train Ray can direct them to the sources, just add your details in a comment on the blog post.
Our congratulations to Ray on the completion of his model and our thanks for allowing the use of the photograph.
The start of 2017 has seen several items added to the museum collection, amongst them being a Hornby ‘0’ gauge train set, kindly donated by Barry and Linda Brown from Burntwood.
The set comprises a small green 0-4-0 tender loco of the Hornby M1 series number 3435 together with two four-wheel Pullman coaches named Marjorie and Aurelia.
Also included in the boxed set was a quantity of track.
Barry had the set as a child in about 1949. Confirmation of this date, if Barry had not been able to tell us, can be gleaned from the Hornby Companion Series ‘The Hornby Gauge 0 System’ which on perusal indicates tha the loco, although dating back to pre-war, only carried particular detail to Barry’s in the period 1948 to 1951. The loco and coaches are already on display within our burgeoning collection of ‘0’ gauge tinplate, with the track placed in store.
Some of the museum’s model locos – maybe Christmas presents of some years ago !
An 0-6-2 tank No.69567, 3-rail Hornby Dublo
A 4-6-2 Hornby Dublo loco, 3-rail electric. No.6231 ‘Duchess of Athol’
A 4-wheel clockwork loco, green tinplate – LNER
A Hornby ‘0’ gauge loco, 0-4-0 tank, Southern, No.126
Clockwork 0-4-0 tank in GWR livery, made by Bing in Germany.
An ‘0’ gauge Hornby clockwork 4-4-4 tank loco in LNER livery, including the crest on the cabside.
Finally, a clockwork Hornby ‘0’gauge passenger train set, including an LNER loco No.460, 2 carriages and a number of lengths of track – not forgetting the all-important key. This train set is on loan to the museum.
A recent donation of various items of ‘0’ gauge rolling stock, track and accessories has added a further dimension to the Chasewater Railway Museum collection of tin-plate model trains.
Of particular note are a Hornby No.2 tank locomotive of 4-4-4 wheel arrangement in LNER livery with crest on the side of the cab. This clockwork model dates from 1926. Also of Hornby manufacture are four No.1 passenger coaches of simple appearance, these in LNER brown with clerestory roofs (or should that be rooves? – spellchecker says they are both right!), these little four-wheelers date back to the late 1920s.
Two further LNER vehicles, and in nice condition, are two bogie wagons, a No.2 timber wagon made during the period 1924-1926 and a No.2 lumber wagon from the same period.