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Chasewater Railway Museum – Newsletter, September 2017

Chasewater Railway Museum

Newsletter, September 2017

Chasewater Railway Museum – News

Chasewater Railway Museum


A new television show for a national network is currently in production and important historical moments within the Midlands area are being researched. It is hoped to garner some interest in this region and find participants with fascinating stories, or mysteries from their ancestral pasts’.
There will be simple personal stories, as well as narratives that touch upon Britain as a whole but undoubtedly, some will address historical moments particular to their home region.
We want to tap into important historical events particular to the Midlands – both well known, as well as those that seem to have been forgotten. This is where you come in: we are asking organisations like yours to help get the word out by circulating our appeal (see attachment), either using social media, email, displaying a print out on notice boards or simply, by good old fashioned word of mouth.

Chasewater Railway Museum – August 2017 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

August 2017 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum – July 2017 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum 

July 2017 Newsletter



Chasewater Railway Museum – for train and beer fans

Coming soon to Chasewater Railway 

for train and beer fans!

Next event – July 9th Burton Breweries Locomotives Day 2017


Chasewater Railway Museum June 2017 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum

June 2017 Newsletter

The visitor numbers for May were a little lower than in recent years at 1,584.

We’ve received some very nice items during May, not least from former local residents Sue and Diana Windsor. Sue sent the following email:

Daphne and Sue Windsor in the museum.

‘My grandfather Albert Edward Rose was a train driver in the collieries and I have some photos of trains at Fair Lady Pit Heath Hayes, Conduit Pit, photos of my grandad and other work colleagues on the engines. There are a few old newspaper cuttings about the history of the local collieries. There is also a letter from the then Prime Minister, Mr Attlee sent to the coal workers dated Jan 1951 asking them to work harder due to the threat of a coal shortage and finally a postcard in memory of the men who lost their lives in the Grove Pit disaster of 1930.

The museum was delighted to accept the offer.


Click on a photo for a larger version and use the side arrow to move to another pic.


The following item is a very well put together scrapbook of photos and postcards donated by Mrs D.Lawton in memory of Mr.K.Lawton, who had a footplate ride when very ill and Mr.M.J.Layland.

These two items were given to the museum by one of the very early members of the Railway, Laurence Hodgkinson, now, of course, at Amerton Railway.  The first item is an LNWR ticket rack and the second, a poster board heading from Hednesford.

Our Curator, Barry Bull, donated a fine LNWR pay check from Camden.

David Bathurst donated his collection of Chasewater Railway mugs to add to our ever-increasing catalogue of railway –related items.







The original ‘Alfred Paget’ – Newspaper cutting from Sue & Diana Windsor

The original ‘Alfred Paget’

Newspaper cutting from Sue & Diana Windsor

The original ‘Alfred Paget’  0-4-2ST No.204/1861, acquired new by the Cannock Chase Colliery Company, scrapped by NCB at Chasetown circa 1952.  ‘Paget’ was the family name of the Marquis of Anglesey, one of the major land-owners in the district, and Chasewater Railway has kept the name – now on a Neilson engine.

‘Alfred Paget’ – the Neilson version.- 2937-1882 0-4-0ST, 



Pictures of three locos from Sue & Diana Windsor’s collection

Pictures of three locos from

Sue & Diana Windsor’s collection

We believe that Albert Rose would probably have driven these locos at some time during his career at Coppice Colliery and Conduit Colliery.

Kitson No.2  (5358-1921) at Coppice Colliery (Fair Lady) Heath Hayes, after the name ‘Thomas’ was removed on Nationalisation in 1947.

The same Kitson loco with the name still in place.

Conduit No.1, Manning Wardle 244-1867

Aynho, 1722-1908, another Manning Wardle engine working at Conduit Colliery


Two of the newspaper cuttings from Sue and Diana Windsor’s donation.

Two of the newspaper cuttings from Sue and Diana Windsor’s donation.

An unusual view of the Coppice Colliery (Fair Lady) at Heath Hayes.  Certainly one that I hadn’t seen before.

Coppice Colliery, Heath Hayes (Fair Lady)

The Transport Scene at Chasewater in the early days.

This photo shows Neilson loco ‘Alfred Paget’ and Hawthorn Leslie ‘Asbestos’ with The MSL coach.

More photos for our collection

More photos for our collection

Diana and Sue Windsor in the museum.

The museum had a visit from Diana and Sue Windor on May 19th.  They used to live locally and Diana’s father was a loco driver at the Coppice Colliery, Heath Hayes, (Fair Lady) and the Conduit Colliery at Norton Canes..  Diana, Sue’s mum, celebrated her 90th birthday on May 18th.  Her father, Albert Edward Rose, was born in 1902.  The ladies gave us a selection of photographs, the first of which are shown here.  We also have other items, including newspaper cuttings, which will be shown over the next few days.