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Chasewater Railway Museum – Another New Acquisition

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Another New Acquisition

A recent invitation to Shugborough Hall to view various Staffordshire Museum Services items in store has resulted in several items finding their way to Chasewater, either on loan or as outright gifts.

From a locomotive enthusiast point of view, the star would be the nameplate ‘Glenalmond’.  The locomotive was an 0-4-0ST with 14”x 22” outside cylinders and 3’ 5” wheels.

One of just four locos steam built by and for service at Shelton Iron & Steel Co., Stoke-on-Trent and new in 1912.  The name is taken from the Scottish seat of Lord Faringdon, a Managing Director of the Company.

Lord Faringdon was a one-time Chairman of the Great Central Railway who also named one of their 4-6-0s ’Glenalmond’.

The Shelton ‘Glenalmond’ affectionately known as ‘Gleny’ was built to an Andrew Barclay design with a boiler supplied by Bagnalls Castle Engine Works, Stafford.

The loco lasted in service almost 60 years, being unused from early 1970 and sadly cut up in 1972.

Our thanks go to Chris Copp, Chasewater Railway Museum’s Mentor, for arranging the loan of the nameplate.    (Compiled by Barry Bull)

Photograph courtesy of Pete Stamper.

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Chasewater Railway Museum – A New Acquisition

Chasewater Railway Museum 

A New Acquisition

Refurbished outdoor-type bench given to the railway by Mr.George Clark in memory of his wife, Christine.  There are no makers’ marks on the bench, but it may have been on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line at some point. This bench will replace the one which has been on the platform for some years and will now be refurbished by the same man who refurbished the bench in the museum, courtesy of Godfrey and Marion’s Bench Fund. When completed, this bench will be found a home inside at one of the stations.

A very nice inscription on the plaque

‘Look for me in rainbows’

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Tickets for Royal visits to New Street Station, Birmingham.

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Tickets for Royal visits to New Street Station, Birmingham.

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A couple of tickets of interest in the museum collection are depicted here, these being donated to the collection many years ago.  With the assistance of the Transport Ticket Society we are now able to tell some of the story behind these two special tickets.  The tickets are two identically printed cards, the earlier of which (serial no. 18) is made out to Mrs. Smith for an event on july 14th 1938.  That is endorsed ‘Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’.  No.70 has the endorsement ‘King George VI   Queen Elizabeth’.

Each is accomanied by an identically worded typewritten note – ‘This permit will only be honoured at the Worcester Street entrance to the Queen’s Drive, New Street Station, L.M.S. Railway.  The holder or holders must be in their places in the reserved enclosure in the centre of the Queen’s Drive by 4.0 p.m.’

During their seven-hour Royal Visit on March 1 1939 the King and Queen officially opened the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, visited the Austin Aircraft Works at Longbridge and Cadbury’s at Bournville.  They were accompanied by the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, who was at the time the M.P. for Birmingham Edgbaston.

 

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Chasewater Railway Museum – New Items

Chasewater Railway Museum

New Items

Three new items of mining memorabilia spotted on e bay by Kevin Pettifor – who gave Barry Bull a call and purchased them. Thanks again Kev.

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This first one is a lapel badge of the Mines Rescue Service, National Coal Board.

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The second one was awarded to Arnold Arrowsmith for five years service with the NCB Mines Rescue Service, West Midlands Division, Sneyd, 1955.

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The third one was awarded to Arnold Arrowsmith for ten years service with the NCB Mines Rescue Service, West Midlands Division, Sneyd.  This one is hall-marked silver.

ChasewaterRailway Museum – Harry Hartill’s Country

ChasewaterRailway Museum 

Harry Hartill’s Country

About a month ago I mentioned that we had borrowed this book for a short time and would lke a copy for the museum.  Thanks to the generosity of Les and Dawn Waggett in Michigan, USA, we now have one!  To explain why they had the book in the first place, Les started out in life in Chasetown, and has obviously keeps his memories alive.

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Here is photo of the book in front one of our ‘Colliery Cabinets’ Our thanks again to Les and Dawn Waggett.

Chasewater Railway Museum – One from the Canal

Chasewater Railway Museum 

One from the Canal

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This Birmingham Canal Navigations weigh plate, approximately 14″ in length, from a narrowboat has been in the museum for some years now, having been purchased by our curator, but we didn’t know much about it until we had a canal enthusiast visit the museum, who made a search and found the following details for us:

‘As regards the BCN plate 478 this boat was gauged at Smethwick on 2nd November 1922 it was a 71’1” long open wooden boat (I.e. it did not have a cabin) and was owned by Stewarts and Lloyds Ltd at Coombs Wood Tube Works at Halesowen and was their No.3.’

Our thanks to our visitor, canal enthusiast –   Martin O’Keeffe

Chasewater Railway Museum – Busy Day!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Busy Day!

Considering that no trains were running yesterday (22-1-2017) we had quite a few items come into the museum, including this Rugley Powere Station nameplate from a Class 58 diesel locomotive.  This is with us on loan for 12 months.

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Other items included a Hornby ‘0’gauge clockwork model train set, 3 books on Walsall and another LNWR coal invoice, the coal coming from the Coppice Colliery, Norton Canes in 1892.

Chasewater Railway Museum – January 2017 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

January 2017 Newsletter

A very busy time for the railway and the museum as far as visitors go, but not that much behind-the-scenes museum work during December.

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Chasewater Railway Museum – December Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

December Newsletter

The latest news from the museum – not as many visitors as normal months due to the perparations for Santa’s visit, when the Heritage Centre is closed.

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A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone

Chasewater Railway Museum – November 2016 Newsletter.

Chasewater Railway Museum

November 2016 Newsletter.

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Archive material donated by John Hawkins

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