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Wickham Trolleys.

Some recent additions at Chasewater Railway, are 3 Wickham Trolleys on display in the Heritage Centre at Brownhills West Station. The Wickham Trolley was a Railway Engineering personnel carrier used on track inspection duties.

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Also at Chasewater is the Wickham No 6878, which was used by the ministry of supply at Longmoor Camp, and also used in the film The Great St Trinians Train Robbery.

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Sister Dora Nameplate.

Another item kindly donated to the museum collection, is the nameplate                            SISTER DORA

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This was removed from a Midland Metro Tram No 5, after being withdrawn from service.

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Although not a Railway item as such, it has a local connection, as it was named after a Walsall Legend Dorothy Patterson. Dorothy or Sister Dora, as she was known worked in the cottage Hospital in Bradford Street in the mid 1800’s. A group of railway workers carried the coffin at her funeral.

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The nameplate which was acquired by Councillor Richard Worrall, and Graham Wilkes, was presented to the Museum on Sunday August 11th 2019.

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Walk into History.

On Saturday August 10th 2019, local historian Gerald Reece ( now living in Devon ), celebrated his 80th birthday with a walk around Brownhills.

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Along with his family and close friends, Gerald set off on the walk he called, Brownhills a walk into history, at 10.00 from the Brownhills West Station of Chasewater Railway.

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After braving the atrocious weather conditions, the party returned to Chasewater, and a social get together and natter was held in the Railway Museum.

During his visit Gerald kindly donated to the museum, 2 old maps of Chasewater from the early 1800’s.

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Despite the weather a good day was had by all, and Chasewater Railway Museum was pleased to help Gerald celebrate his Octogenarianism.

Photographs by David Evans & Oakparkrunner.

 

Photographs from Steve Organ’s Collection.

Photographs from Steve Organ’s Collection.

We have received a number of photographs from Steve’s collection and are sorting out those which will be added to our collection.  There are also photos on other subjects which we may well post over time.

Click on a pic for a larger version and use the side arrows to move on.

 

 

Odds & Ends – Brownhills Choir LP

Odds & Ends 

Brownhills Choir LP

This LP came from one of the bric-a-brac outlets, not really our museum object but of interest to Brownhills people, of which I am one!

I think the picture is from 1906

Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society

(1977)

The musical tradition of Brownhills goes back many years and the present Choir, under its conductor Mr. Deryck Langford, unites a wide variety of musical interests and talents.  Until 1949 local music makers had the opportunity to sing in the Brownhills Choral Society or the Brownhills Co-operative Male Voice Choir.  On January 19th, 1949, it was agreed to the amalgamation of the choirs.  The Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society was thus born, under the auspices of the then Education Department of the Walsall and District Co-operative Society.

Conductor: Deryck Langford, Accompanist: Linda Ewins Smith, Organist: Trevor Barratt.

 

Under the leadership of its first conductor, Mr. George Fullelove, the Choir developed an extensive repertoire which included oratorio and light musical compositions.  Their autumn concert of ‘Brass and Voices’ in Walsall Town Hall has become a well-established annual event.

The Choir regularly presents concerts in aid of local charities and continues to enter Music Festivals throughout the country, including the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 1974/5/6 &7.  They had the honour of being invited to sing in International concerts during their last two visits.

Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue – Carriage Prints

Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue

Carriage Prints

Carriage Prints – XL Files

Caption text: Object number, name, description, creator, location.

997Picture Travel in 1875 C. Hamilton Ellis W4

997 Picture Travel in 1875 C. Hamilton Ellis W4

998Picture Travel in 1840 C. Hamilton Ellis W4

998 Picture Travel in 1840 C. Hamilton Ellis W4

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Chasewater Railway Museum – June Newsletter

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June page 2

 

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Accreditation 2016

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Accreditation 2016

Accreditation 2016

The Chasewater Railway Museum has maintained its status, first achieved in 2011, as a fully Accredited Museum, as awarded by Arts Council England.

The award of Full Accreditation is valid for approximately three years, at which point the museum will be invited to provide a return to demonstrate continuing compliance with the Accreditation Standard.

Thanks and congratulations to all who have helped maintain this standard during the past few years, and the museum looks forward to this support continuing in the future.

Our thanks also to our visitors – our efforts would be rather pointless without you.

Museum Christmas Raffle 2015 Results

This is the list of winners in the 2015 Chasewater Railway Museum Christmas Raffle

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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Talk and Hawkins Book

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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

HQ: 27 Melbourne Rd, Heath Hayes, Cannock, Staffs. WS12 2SH

Dear Member

The next members meeting with speaker will be held on Wednesday May 21st at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Rd, Hednesford, Staffs. WS12 1TD.

We start at 3.00pm prompt and the speaker will be DAVID MOORE who will speak on ‘South Staffs Water’

Please make every effort to attend as numbers were low at the last event the Panama Canal talk

Bring a friend or partner its free with no obligations

BREAKING NEWS

Hot from the printers the “Hawkins Colliery” book is now available for purchase it costs £10.00/copy + P&P and they are available from the address above.

The book will also be available from the Chasewater Railway Museum

This IS the final book in the series and the society would like to thank everyone who has helped with…

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