Category Archives: Museum & Artefacts

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!

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


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 Museum – One from the scrapbook

Chasewater Railway Museum

One from the scrapbook

While Jo was doing her usual Tuesday stint on the museum scrapbook,  a book, which was an anonymous donation over the weekend, came to light.DSCF9036

DSCF9009When Barry saw it, he recognised the book and the name of the author – Ken Judkins – a member of Chasewater Railway a long time ago.  He had also seen a photo in the paper of the launch of the book in 1989, which Jo had put into the scrapbook.Ken Judkins

A nice coincidence!

Chasewater Railway Museum – New Acquisitions

Chasewater Railway Museum

New Acquisitions

Booklet 1

Our curator, Barry Bull, has been collecting again – this time a series of booklets published by the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.

The booklets contain the substance of a series of educational lectures prepared for students under the auspices of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.

There are thirteen booklets in all and comprise the complete set.  As there are three signal boxes at Chasewater Railway, these booklets will hopefully contain useful information.Booklet 13

Also collected, three ‘Dapol’ O Gauge model wagons.


A 5-plank wagon of the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.

An 8-plank wagon of the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.

and a 7-plank wagon of the South Wales & Cannock Chase Co.

We have also got a photo of a wagon from this company as new.

S.Wales & CC

05371 S.Wales & C.Chase coal wagon

Chasewater Railway Museum Donation

Link to the latest post on Chasewaterstuff’s Railway & Canal Blog

Chasewater Railway Museum – One for the Archive

One for the Archive

Dec 2013 Magazine Inc. Chasewater

The latest magazine of the Industrial Railway Society, the December 2013 edition of Industrial Railway Record 215, has been purchased by the Museum for our archive. It contains a report on their Annual General Meeting , held at Chasewater Railway, and a lengthy article about the railways of Chasewater, amongst many other interesting items.

Copies are available from Barry Bull in the Chasewater Railway Museum.

Chasewater article title page


Chasewater Railway Museum Collection – Horseshoe shaped wagon plate

Among the latest additions to the Chasewater Railway Museum Collection:


Horseshoe-shaped wagon plate

The latest wagon plate to be put on display in ChasewaterRailwayMuseum is an example of one of the horseshoe-shaped variety of the Thomas Burnett & Co. Ltd., Doncaster.  The horseshoe shape was chosen by Burnett’s to reflect the importance of their base in Doncaster to the British horse racing scene. 

 Burnett’s were a well respected firm of wagon repairers with several repair depots.

 In 1951 the Company merged into Wagon Repairs Ltd. and the name ‘Burnett’ vanished.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Another New Item

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another New Item


A Signal Box diagram from Rushall, near Walsall, acquired by the curator at a local auction sale.

It is framed, approximately 28″x 16″.

It is dated 1978, which would have been about the time automatic barriers were installed.

The line the box served was the Walsall to Lichfield line (LNWR – LMS) – formerly Dudley to Wychnor of the  South Staffordshire Railway

Chasewater Railway Museum – A couple of New Items

Chasewater Railway Museum

A couple of New Items

Chasewater Miniature Railway

When going through some old Chasewater Railway magazines I came across a reference to a miniature railway at Chasewater (I believe that it ran by the Innovation Centre).  A number of members had heard of it or seen it but no-one had a photo of it.  I asked Peter Bryant of Miniature Railway World, and he in turn, asked Dave Holroyde, miniature railway historian, and the following is his reply:

“The line ran from c1971 -76. I don’t have any photos of it.

 Motive power was D7023 4w-4PM Cromar White 1971 New, sold 6/79 (The Hymek you mention in text below). This then went to Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park before being sold to Ireland in the mid 1980s, and it hasn’t been seen since!

 There was also an 0-4-0T (details unknown) and BEDFORD SCHOOL 4-4-0 J & W Gower 1934, now with privately owned in Hertfordshire. This arrived c1971 and was sold by 4/75.”

It was operated for a while by members of the Chasewater Railway, starting in summer 1975 and ,as far as I am aware, continuing in 1976.
The basic information I have states:
“The Chasewater Miniature Railway is a 7 and a quarter inch gauge railway.  Rolling stock consists of three carriages, each carrying four passengers.  The locomotive is petrol driven with a scaled down ‘Hymek’ outline body”
The line was wholly owned by Walsall Metro-Borough Council.

On 23rd June the museum was given part of a collection of items from the late David Ives, one of the founder members of the Railway Preservation Society, and for some years an officer of the Chasewater Railway.  This is the second part that we have received from his son Robert and on sorting through these items our Curator, Barry Bull, came across a newspaper cutting from a local paper dated 1974.

It’s been a while coming but at last we have some idea of what it was like – and the problems they faced!!

Min Railway

Another item found was a post card, believed to be of the old Hednesford Railway Station with an LNWR bus waiting outside.

H-Ford bus Post card