Category Archives: Museum & Artefacts

Chasewater Railway Museum – More about the armchairs.

Chasewater Railway Museum 

More about the armchairs.

Our curator, Barry Bull, has compiled further information about the armchairs, recent arrivals at Chaasewater.

After information received from Lawrence Hodgkinson a little more light can be shown on the two Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway armchairs recently arrived at Chasewater.

The chairs were originally acquired following a tip-off by Ian Smith, signalman and one-time Secretary of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.  The armchairs, with others, were in the MSL Rly Directors’ saloon carriage and retained in this 1890 Gorton Works-built vehicle throughout its working life.

In its later years the saloon ended up as the District Engineer, Edinburgh Inspection Carriage No. SC 970113E.  Preservation was mooted but following accident damage in 1968, severe enough to result in its withdrawal and scrapping, some of the internal furniture at least  was saved, including the  two armchairs now at Chasewater, after many years in storage with Mike Lewis – to whom our thanks.

During Great Central days some modernising touches were given to the Directors’ saloon No 1033, which had been built by Parker at Gorton in 1890.  These included a big roller map of the system in 1913, to be seen on the left of this photograph of the larger of the two main compartments.  Photo:  George Dow collection

So far as coaching stock is concerned the palm for active service must surely go to Watkin’s saloon No 1033 which finished up as the inspection car of the District Engineer, Edinburgh, No SC 970113E.  Apart from its Gresley bogies and a modernised galley its original condition was unaltered when it was withdrawn for scrapping, because of severe damage in an accident, in the early part of 1968, at the ripe old age of 78.  Photo: George Dow Collection

Chasewater Railway Museum – New Arrivals

Chasewater Railway Museum – New Arrivals

The new arrivals are two armchairs from a Directors’ Saloon on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.  They cannot be called new acquisitions as they were first acquired by the RPS and were at Hednesford for a time.  The chairs were sold off when it is believed that the coach was damaged in an accident in the 1960s.  Through Iain Smith, railway signalman and former secretary of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, the RPS acquired the chairs which, after their Hednesford visit, were stored for safekeeping by member Mike Lewis.

They were delivered to Chasewater Railway Museum by Laurence Hodgkinson in May 2019, and, although needing some restoration work, have been kept in very good condition by Mike Lewis.

Our thanks go to Mike and Laurence for their efforts on our behalf.

Detail from the back of the chair – MS&L

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

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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.