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Chasewater Railway Museum – A locally built loco.

Chasewater Railway Museum

A locally built loco.

A photograph from our collection of one of the locomotives which worked in the area and was actually built here!

05040 No.7 Birch 2-4-0T Bt Rawnsley 1888 C & R

No.7 Birch 2-4-0T Built at Rawnsley in 1888 but not put to work till 1890. Worked at Brereton 1949/50. Scrapped at Brereton circa 1956.

This next picture shows the loco well past its best – very sad.

05044 No.7 Birch 2-4-0T Bt Rawnsley 1888 C & R  Past its best

Chasewater Railway Museum – an interesting letter.

Chasewater Railway Museum – an interesting letter.


The Chasewater Railway Museum has been given a letter dated 1957 from the Cannock & Rugeley Collieries in reply to Mr. H.C.Casserley’s request for permission to visit the Colliery for photographing the locos, etc.
Mr. Casserley was a very highly regarded railway photographer who had many books published.

The letter was kindly donated to the Museum by Mr. Debens.

B15 Birch C & R 6-5-1946 H.C.Casserley
This was not to be his first visit to the Colliery as we have in our collection a photo taken by Mr. Casserley of the CRC loco ‘Birch’ dated 1946!

The coal industry was nationalised in 1947.