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Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue – BCN Birmingham Canal Navigations

Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue

BCN Birmingham Canal Navigations

The few items of Birmingham Canal Navigation origin in the museum collection.

Click on the link below to see the full list

BCN 2020 – XL Files

Caption text: Object number, name, description, location in the museum.

Click on a picture to see a larger image, the click on the side arrow to move on.

Chasewater Railway Museum – One from the Canal

Chasewater Railway Museum 

One from the Canal


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 – 2 new photographs

Chasewater Railway Museum

2 new photographs

Brereton Sidinngs Signal Box

Brereton Sidinngs Signal Box

The first photo is another photo of Brereton Sidings signal box.

Edward Dorricott paid £2.50 for the photo and gave it straight to Barry Bull.

Edward Dorricott is the author of te recently published book on Duttons Signal Works, Worcester, in which Chasewater Railway Museum gets more than one mention.


This second photo has a couple of question marks hanging over it, which I hope we may get answers to.

‘Captain Midnight’ is a former naval officer named Glover, but we are not sure of his rank – possibly Lieutenant Commander or Commander.

Thank you Pete Styche for the following information:  GLOVER Gerald (Lt. Commander R. N. Rtd.) Passed away 12th October 2014 aged 76 years.

He was an occasional benefactor of the Railway, whenever he paid a visit there was always a donation in the box and maybe some good magazines donated.

The next question is who is his friend?

And finally, where was the photo taken?


Chasewater Railway Museum – A Kellingley Pay Check

Chasewater Railway Museum

A Kellingley Pay Check


Kellingley Colliery

Kellingley Colliery was the last deep coal mine in Britain. It is situated at Beal in North Yorkshire, about 1.5 miles east of Knottingley in West Yorkshire, on the A645 and 3.6 miles east of Ferrybridge power station.

Miners at a North Yorkshire colliery have finished their final shifts as the closure of the pit brings an end to centuries of deep coal mining in Britain.

Owner UK Coal said it would oversee the rundown of the Kellingley mine before the site was redeveloped.

Unions said it was a “very sad day” for the country as well as the industry.
Had it not been for the coal industry, there would have been very few canals or railways built, for example, Chasewater Railway would not have been built, as it runs over the trackbed put down for the Cannock Chase Colliery Company and used by other collieries in the locality.

Chasewater Railway Museum – two more signs

Chasewater Railway Museum

two more signs

The Curator has been let out again – two nice cast iron signs to be displayed.

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A Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Trespassers notice.

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And this very nice Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company noticewarning cyclists to keep off the tow-path.  (With the date being 1901, I don’t suppose that our well-known local cyclist would have been affected!!).