Chasewater Railway Museum Newsletter July 2020 – 2 Pages
Pete Waterman’s Visit, 2004.
Nothing to report as far as the Museum is concerned again this month, so I have raided the archives, courtesy of David Bathurst’s collection.
This gallery contains 196 photos.
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Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue Models A collection of railway models, mostly on show in the museum. More photographs will be added. Click on the link below to see the full list Models 2020 XL…
Not good news for steam enthusiasts!
From June 1972 ‘Mercian’
Industrial News – Barry Bull
Most of what has been happening on the Industrial railway scene in the Midlands over the last few months makes the outlook for steam enthusiasts rather grim.
The winter began with the replacement of steam at Holditch Colliery, near Newcastle-under-Lyme by two displaced diesels from Silverdale Colliery. The two steamers here ‘Cornist’, a Hudswell Clarke six-coupled side tank and ‘Dilhorne No.3’, a Bagnall built Austerity were both in a very run-down condition by the end.Robert Nelson No.4 HE 0-6-0ST 1800-1936 Littleton No.5-0-6-0ST MW 2018-1922 – c1963.
Littleton, West Cannock and Cannock Wood continued using their steam up until the miners’ strike but since then new diesels have arrived in the South Staffs NCB Area and steam work has ceased. During last summer it was possible to see the big Manning Wardle (Littleton No.5) at Littleton in regular use, also the 16 Hunslet, ‘Robert Nelson No.4’ and the Austerity. An interesting survival here is a Midland Railway 10 ton goods brake, built Derby 1900 in use as a store van for oil; this is in a poor condition however. All the three steam are now dumped in the open. The two Austerities and the Bagnall ‘Topham’ at West Cannock are dumped by the screens. The Austerity ‘Wimblebury’ at Cannock Wood was steamed one day a week until the strike, but never since.
In Birmingham, Bromford Tube Works cut up their remaining steam loco last year (1971) and Dunlop’s three went for preservation, including the Chasewater Railway resident ‘Linda’, Bagnall loco 2648/1941, formerly Dunlop No.6.
Nechells Power Station hired a diesel from BR towards the end of the year and steam working here finished last November. However the Peckett 0-4-0ST No.1, delivered here new in 1916, was repaired and transferred to Northampton Power Station. Her sister No.2 and the three big Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn 0-6-0STs are available for sale.
On the brighter side the little Barclay 0-4-0ST continues service at Stourport Power Station with a Peckett spare, and one of the big Bagnalls at British Leyland, Longbridge can be seen in steam almost every day.
With steam going at such a fast rate we have decided to try and arrange visits to some places where steam remains in working order. Below is a list of places we are negotiating to see:
British Celanese, Spondon, Derby.
We have finalised details for a visit here on Saturday, June 24th (1972) when a loco will be specially steamed for us. We expect quite a large turn-out for this visit as visits here are not normally permitted. There will be a 10 pence levy per person for this event.
We also expect to have a visit to Cadley Hill Colliery, near Burton-on-Trent on Saturday, October 28th, again it is hoped, with one loco specially steamed.
Before this visit, we hope to fit one in to the Cannock Area pits but negotiations are still in the early stages for this.
These visits are open to members and non-members alike.
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Caption text – object number, name, description and location in the museum.
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From the ‘Mercian’ June 1972
I thought that it might be interesting to see the state of the rolling stock at that time, so here is the rolling stock report from the magazine.
Asbestos – The renewal of right hand hornblocks is complete and the wheels have been replaced. A trial steaming is scheduled for June 5th and it should be in steam for the Chasewater Festival on July 8th.
Neilson – No work has been carried out for two years. The saddle tank was removed and ten studs drilled out of the sides of the boiler and new ones fitted. These studs secure the water feed clock boxes, stolen before the loco left Glasgow. Fortunately Trevor Cousens was able to obtain replacements for us. Shortage of labour has precluded further work being carried out but we hope to restart soon.
E1 – No change. A boiler survey may be made soon.
Barclay – The firebox was condemned at its last boiler test. As the ‘Barclay’ soon to be delivered is of similar size, it will be used to supply spare parts to keep the newer loco running.
Hudswell Clarke – No work has been carried out for over three years. A hydraulic test was carried out and the results were not promising. The boiler will need re-tubing and a considerable amount of mechanical work will be necessary.Sadly she hasn’t steamed since she’s been at Chasewater.
Petrol No.1 – The petrol tank and associated plumbing were cleaned out recently and the engine run. It will start by hand when warm. Unfortunately the carburettor appears to be icing up when the engine is subjected to load. The carb. Is probably not the original and information as to the whereabouts of a replacement would be welcome.L & Y No.1
Diesel No.1 – Out of service with a smashed axlebox. Once again information as to the whereabouts of a replacement would be welcome.
Diesel No.20 – One of the spare engines is being overhauled ready for fitting. Messrs. Bass Charrington have kindly donated a quantity of their blue paint and both locos will be painted when time permits.
Diesel No.21 – An overhaul was carried out last year, the cylinder heads and fuel pump being renewed, and more recently repairs were carried out to the clutch once again.
Royal (or Special) Saloon – On loan to Derby Corporation for the Midland Railway Project. They have undertaken to restore it
TPO – The small relics collection now looks quite orderly though the outside of the vehicle is in urgent need of attention.
LNWR 50’ Brake – One end has been painted out and will be used this summer to house the sales stand, a model railway and a display of relics.
Maryport & Carlisle – Restoration is nearly complete. The roof was covered with galvanised sheets last summer, but the completion has been held up by the weather. It saw considerable use last year carrying passengers on Open Days.Off to Stockton & Darlington for their 150th Anniversary in 1975.
GER Brake – Now in use again as the Mess (!) Van. It is in urgent need of re-roofing. The outside was painted dark brown last year.
MSL – No further work has been carried out. The bearing brasses are missing.
MR Brake – No change.
LNWR Brake Third – No change. The LNWR Coaching Stock Fund is attempting to raise cash for the restoration of this coach.
GWR Brake – The interior has been repainted and the roof covered with galvanised sheets.
MR Crane – A new wire rope has been fitted and the woodwork painted. Although it is 90 years old it still sees considerable use.
LYR Van – Now in use as a workshop and tool store.
MR Van – In use as a stores, mainly diesel. It has been painted externally.
CCWR Brake – Repainted externally last summer. Used as PW tool van.
NSR Coal Wagon – No change.
The remaining four vehicles, two flat wagons and two 12 ton coal wagons are used on the works trains.
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Caption text: Object number, name, description, location in the museum.
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Taken from the ‘Mercian’ September 1970
The Secretary’s Report for the past year, when the Hednesford Depot was closed.
Railway Preservation Society
Secretary’s Report 1969 – 1970
Arthur Chatfield Hon. Sec.
I seem to recall that in my last report I said that 1970 would be another story. I did not anticipate that there would be so many chapters to write nor that we should pass a considerable number of milestones en route.
I find myself repeating all the old clichés as I sit and write this report, and I am keenly aware that it has not been easy to maintain an aloof position on certain aspects of the Society’s shortcomings this past twelve months. I am certain that members regard me as somewhat pedantic, the slavedriver with a big whip, or whatever other picture has been conjured up when you have read some of my scathing comments made in the magazine, but let me hasten to assure you that those members who have come along as a result have, I think, been mildly surprised – if I may say so without appearing too conceited – to find that the bark is far worse than the bite.
The Society has to succeed and I strive hard for this aim, I hope that all members will do this in every way possible. It is not always easy to do physical work on the site as I well know, but please do give a little more support each year apart from a financial one.
This year, how have we fared? Taking everything into consideration we have done exceptionally well although we have not blown the trumpet too loudly. We are being noticed and this is apparent by the ever increasing letters which are arriving from various organisations asking if official visits can be arranged. Progress has been maintained and possibly the most important milestone has been the closing down of our Hednesford Depot. Hednesford holds for me a number of happy memories of our early days. However, it is no good being sentimental, we have to progress and I am glad that we are now able to concentrate all our energy at Chasewater.
Progress – our efforts – what have we been doing this past twelve months? I think this can be summarised as follows:
Last winter the track was completely relaid from the compound towards the level crossing on a new elevated bed of red shale. The compound was also re-shaled, the last road (No.1) having just been completed.
Heavy repairs were commenced on the Barclay followed by Asbestos. The Barclay was unfortunately pronounced unfit for further service, but Asbestos came through with flying colours and has since been in steam on several occasions. Work is now in hand on the Neilson and it is hoped that she will be steamable for next summer.
Some of the carriages and wagons have received a lick of paint and this is helping to keep deterioration at bay. Petrol No.1 was completely repainted and exhibited at Messrs Dormans Ltd’s Centenary celebrations in Stafford.
General repairs etc. have also been carried out to various items of stock and work has commenced on the interior of the LNWR bogie van.
The closing of the Hednesford Depot in May meant that the stock had to be dealt with quickly. Fortunately the Coal Board came to our rescue and allowed us to store the items temporarily on a siding at their Cannock Wood Colliery yard. Since then through the kindness of the Board all the four-wheelers and the Maryport & Carlisle coach have been transferred to our Chasewater site together with the loco ‘Cannock Wood’.
The two bogie coaches are to be transferred at the Society’s expense and should be at Chasewater by the time you receive this report. The Coal Board have also offered to move the GER six-wheeler for us so this will leave only the Royal Saloon.
The future of the Saloon is at present being negotiated with the Midland Railway Project Group, and subject to stringent safeguards it is to be placed on loan to them for a period of five token years. However, if negotiations come to nought, the Saloon will have to be transferred to Chasewater.
So much for the physical side of things.
Administratively thinks were a little haywire, but the troubles have been slowly sorted out and the system seems to be operating a lot better. Possibly the major step has been the registration of the Light Railway Company, and this is commended to all those who wish to become a shareholder. Mercian has not been all it was hoped to be, mostly due to a lack of correspondence but again this is an internal matter which may be solved by whoever sits in the editorial chair.
Well, there we are, I think that just about sums it all up for another year. Quite a lot of notable achievements, plenty of scope for more and certainly no room for complacency.
My sincere thanks to everyone on the administrative side for their help and encouragement, particularly to our Chairman, Publicity Officer for producing the mag, and the Treasurer for their forbearance.
A very sincere thank you to the working party stalwarts and in particular Mike Lewis and Derek Luker – spare their blushes – for without their continued support I would have nothing to write about at this time.
We have a regular bunch of great guys who put every ounce of energy they can muster into the Society and I am hopeful that the number will be doubled and that great play will be made of this by whoever has to produce this report at the same time next year.
For myself it has been a worthwhile job, and I hope that the satisfaction it has given me personally to be in on all the progress made this tear has in many ways rubbed off on all of you.All photographs in this post came from the ‘Mercian’ September 1970