Tag Archives: Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Books

 Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Books

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Did you or one of your family work at one of the many Collieries in the Cannock & Rugeley area. If so why not get one of the mining books published by the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society. There are 18 books in the series, each one covering one or more of the local Collieries. A very informative collection, written by the miners, who worked at them. These are available from Chasewater Railway Museum. Perhaps an ideal Christmas present. Contact me if you need more information.

Godfrey Hucker – 07751 448523

Chasewater Railway Museum – Littleton Colliery Leaflet – Only 30 Years Ago

Littleton Colliery Leaflet 

Only 30 Years Ago

This leaflet has just come to light in our Archives section, I thought it is worthy of reproduction.  Such a lot has changed!

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Thirty years on what’s left is a school, a housing estate and an Information Board – plus lots of memories.

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – Harry Hartill’s Country

Chasewater Railway Museum

Harry Hartill’s Country

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The Museum has been lucky enough to borrow, for a short time, a copy of this book by Harry Hartill.  This book has a passage of particular interest to us as it describes in some detail who drove the local engines of the Cannock Chase Colliery Company and where they travelled to around the local coalfields.  It is written in a sort of ‘chatty’ style which is very easy to read.

The Chasewater Railway Museum would dearly like a copy of this book for our own collection, so if anyone should have a copy which they would like to donate to the Museum, please get in touch.  email j.tisdale45@yahoo.com or phone 07786 323311.

Chasewater Railway Museum wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas

Chasewater Railway Museum wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Coming Soon!

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Chasewater Railway Museum 

Coming Soon!

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Come to Chasewater Railway this Christmas and join in the festivities with our ever popular Santa specials throughout December. With a steam train ride, a visit to Santa in his grotto, age appropriate wrapped gifts, light refreshments for adults and kids all included in the price of the ticket! If you are still feeling peckish our cafe The Sidings Tea Room will be open each day to providing hot and cold drinks, food and treats.

Santa’s grotto is located in our Heritage Centre so there is plenty to see and do!

Tickets are selling extremely fast with some of our trains already fully booked!!! Be quick and book now with our online booking system, follow the link to our Santa special page and click on book tickets

http://www.chasewaterrailway.co.uk/events/santa-specials/

You MUST pre book for our Santa specials as selling tickets on the day is not always possible.

There are no trains running and the Museum will not be open on November 20th or 27th due to preparations in the Heritage Centre…….

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Chasewater Railway Museum – June Newsletter

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Meccano Loans

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Meccano Loans

This particular exhibit was with us a few years ago and has now re-appeared on the Memories of Burntwood Facebook Group page.

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Eugene Damon – Peter Styche, Hi Ya – yes you are correct it is a Chinese South Seeking Chariot. They used to use them about 2000 years ago to keep their bearings when crossing the deserts, When it is on the move it can turn left or right up or down or do a full circle but the pointer will stay on the target that was selected This model in the photo was made in 2010 by a member of Chasewater Light Railway, Do any of you know how it works?  If not, why not pay a visit to the museum at the railway were it will be on display for a short while and the staff will give you a little demo on how it works, as it would take a little too long and to complex about the gearing to explain on here.

More Meccano in the Museum

The top three have been with us for a while – everything works on the crane, the wheels go round on the locomotive, but sadly the ship won’t float!!

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – ‘Museums at Night’ event – at the Museum of Cannock Chase

Chasewater Railway Museum

‘Museums at Night’ event

At the Museum of Cannock Chase

Next Friday. 13th May 2016, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

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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.

Chasewater Railway Museum – A photo of a Tackeroo Military Railway loco & Brocton Camp Power Station, plus the loco’s history.

Chasewater Railway Museum

A photo of a Tackeroo Military Railway loco & Brocton Camp Power Station, plus the loco’s history.

Brocton Camp Railway Traffic Office Dave Bevington

The photo was sent to me by Dave Bevington, with the following information:
‘I have come across a Great War photo at Brocton of the power station and Brocton railway traffic office (a small shed). In the foreground is a small loco Grassholme which is mentioned on your blog
I got it from NZ so it must have been a photo card owned by a Kiwi based there.’

Grassholme

Grassholme
Manning Wardle Class L 0-6-0ST 1513-1901

New 6-9-1901 to the firm of contractors, Walter Scott & Middleton.
The contractors had work around 1901-2 for the Derwent Valley Water Board on a line Banford to Ashopton, Derbyshire, also for the Midland Railway on widening the New Mills to Chinley section, also in Derbyshire. Another job was at Pallion, in the Sunderland area.
It seems probable that the loco took its name from Grassholme in County Durham.
The contractors known to have worked on the Cannock Chase Military Railway and Brocton Camp were the firm of Baldry, Yerburgh and Hutchinson, but there is no 1513 in the list, although their loco No.4 is listed as No.1531 !
Grassholme was at Brocton during the period 1915 – 1919.
For more information about the railway, go to:

http://www.rmweb.co.uk

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More about the loco

The original owners sold the loco to Thomas Summerson & Sons Ltd., Albert Hill Foundry, Darlington and it was seen at Crewe Works in June 1919 as war surplus before sale to Vivian & Sons, and then to one of Vivian’s Collieries – Mynyyd Newydd, Swansea.
The Colliery was sold in 1926 and the loco remained with the new owners. The Industrial Railway Society West Glamorgan book gives the loco as ‘disposal unknown’ after March 1932. The pit closed in November 1932. It re-opened in 1935, finally closing in 1955.
Thanks to Barry Bull, Pete Stamper and the IRS for the information and to Dave Bevington for the photograph.

Cannock Chase (Tackeroo) Railway in brief

This railway was constructed during 1915 to serve the Brocton and Rugeley Military camps located on Cannock Chase.  One line was constructed during the spring of 1915 from the LNWR Cannock to Rugeley line near West Cannock No.5 Colliery across the Chase to the Rugeley Camp.  Between January and April a second railway was made from the LNWR Trent Valley line at Milford to the Brocton Camp, and by mid 1915 the lines had been joined.  In addition to army and prisoner of war camps this railway system served Central Stores Depots at Brocton Camp.  The locomotive shed was also located at Brocton Camp. After the war the camps and railway were dismantled and locomotives disposed of.