Category Archives: Museum & Artefacts

Chasewater Railway Museum – A 1991 Flyer for the Railway

Chasewater Railway Museum

A 1991 Flyer for the Railway

This double-sided flyer recently came to light in the museum.  It is now 25 years old and I found it to be interesting – I hope you do as well.

The running line in those days ran from the old Brownhills West Station (now in the middle of the M6 Toll) to the Willow Vale Bridge.  Push-pull obviously.



It will now be tucked away in our Chasewater Light Railway archives.

Chasewater Railway Museum – In the Stores

Chasewater Railway Museum – In the Stores

First posted in Chasewaterstuff’s Blog, 2011

 I thought I might publish a few pictures of some of the station furniture which the museum has tucked away, as do many other museums, in store.This item is a roll-fronted ticket rack from about 1938.This is a wooden chair with a Staffordshire Knot carved in the back, formerly of the North Staffs Railway.Finally for this time, another wooden chair, with a cut-out letter ‘M’ in the back, from the Midland Railway.

While it is good that the museum has these and more items in store, it would be nice to think that sometime in the future (probably distant) the museum could be extended and these items could be restored to their former glory and put on show.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Mining History Books

Chasewater Railway Museum

Mining History Books

Stand cropped

Originally posted on oakparkrunners railway & other snippets.:

Did you or any one in your family work at one of the many Coal mines in the Cannock and Rugeley Coalfield. If so why not purchase one of the Mining History Books published by the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society.

These informative books, with numerous photographs, of which there are 18 books in total, have been written  about mining, by the miners who worked at them. Each Book covers one or more of the local Collieries, and are available from Chasewater Railway Museum. please contact me if you need any further information. These books are about our Mining Heritage.

Chasewater Railway Museum – A Miscellaneous item or two

Chasewater Railway Museum

A Miscellaneous item or two

This first item was found in a grounded carriage at Whatstandwell, Derbyshire.  A frosted pane of glass from carriage toilet window. Midland Railway griffin logo on frosted pane of glass, sadly broken.

219 Mid window

Another unusual item by today’s standards, a BR No. 8 fire extinguisher.  It comes in three parts, a bucket containing special powder with removable lid and scoop to put powder on fire.




It’s amazing what bits and pieces have been collected over the years!!


Chasewater Railway Museum – Spare wheels??

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Spare wheels??

In the ‘Station Tools’ department we have some items which, on first glance, have very little to do with railways, but, rest assured, these spares came from railway station goods departments!


The first one is a common 4-spoke whell-barrow wheel, wood with a steel rim.  Very nice joints though!


The second one goes up to a 6-spoke wheel-barrow wheel, again wood with a steel rim.


The third wheel is not from a wheel-barrow but from a 4-wheeled platform trolley, made from cast iron with rubber tyre.


The final one is a very classy GWR wheel-barrow spare from Wolverhampton, made from cast iron.

Chasewater Railway Museum – National Railway Museum

Chasewater Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

Similar, but not quite the same…

DSCF1988National Railway Museum version


DSCF9294Chasewater Railway version

There’s an awful lot of stuff that they’ve got and we haven’t – but I’ve never seen a ‘Cadbury’ van there!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Some of our tokens

Chasewater Railway Museum

Some of our tokens

There is a steadily increasing collection of tokens in our collection – here are three of them.


The first one is a Midland Railway token from the Harlesden NW Goods Depot, with the name C.Clarke.


Second is a Mount Sorrel Co-op Society coal token to the value of  5/- (5 shillings or 25 pence)


Finally for this time is a token from the Salop Miners Federation, numbered 6 and dated 1919

Chasewater Railway Museum – Cuttings wanted!

Chasewater Railway Museum

Still in need of newspaper cuttings – please.

CWH in paper

This 1999 cutting is one of our last.

Anything you have to do with the Railway or Chasewater district would be much appreciated.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Latest Acquisition

Chasewater Railway Museum

Latest Acquisition


An acquisition from the Great Central Railwayana Auction at Bloxham on Saturday 16th August, 2014 was the worksplate off Baguley 3410 of 1955, the ex Marston, Thompson and Evershed Ltd four coupled 150 hp diesel locomotive which resides at Chasewater.
The plate sold was from the collection of the late Keith Buckle of Solihull, whose fine collection is being disposed of by GCR Auctions.

Below are 2 photographs of the loco

Marstons Crop2010_08310010Before and after repaint

Chasewater Railway Museum – More New Items

Chasewater Railway Museum 

More New Items

Books, bricks, pay tokens, even a chunk of tram rail – all sorts coming into the museum.

A quick explanation of these items: the first book is the TPO one mentioned on the chasewaterstuff blog, the next Volume 2 of a Century of (local) Railways – a bit of luck, we already have Volume 1.

Next, one of 3 black and white photos of Asbestos, taken by Robin Stewart Smith in 1993, then a decorative brick – made in Birmingham ( we prefer colliery-made bricks but don’t turn many away!).  Then a British Transport Commission blue enamelled sign and a Hem Heath lamp token, followed by Littleton Colliery Sidings signal box diagram.  A couple of Midland Railway books next – 1 the MR on postcards and 2 an Illustrated History of Midland Wagons.  A token from the Salop Miners’ Federation (1919) is next followed by another book – ‘The Signal Box’ by the Signalling Study Group, and finally for this time, a length of tram rail, given to us by Frank Jennings, a long-time friend of the railway.  We don’t know where it’s from at the moment!