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Photos from the Archives – These are from David Ives’ Collection – Sans Pareil

Photos from the Archives

These are from David Ives’ Collection

Sans PareilOutside the shed

Sans Pareil is a replica of Timothy Hackworth’s 1829 locomotive which competed against Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ at the famous Rainhill Trials.

This locomotive came to Chasewater in 2001 and 2002 and proved to be very popular with railway enthusiasts and the general public alike.

Passenger train services ran between Brownhills West and Chasewater Heaths, alternating between Sans Pareil and Sentinel.Engine ShedOutside the loco shedLoading up at Brownhills WestLoading up at Brownhills WestChasewater HeathsChasewater Heaths

LakesideAt Lakeside

From the Archive – Midland Railway Advert – 1903

From the Archive

Midland Railway Advert – 1903

Another handbill, this time a national advertisement – stretching the Midlands a little!

8434 Hand Bill

More Archived Material

Chasewater Railway Museum

More Archived Material

Some Chasewater Railway tickets, produced for Gala Days and other special occasions at the Railway, preserved by David Bathurst, including some with the old Neilson logo.

More Interesting Items – This time from another of our senior members

Some More Interesting Items

This time from Nigel Canning

Nigel’s had a bit of a clear out and found some more stuff of interest to the museum – this time in the form of posters and flyers from the 1980s and 1990s, some on card, others on paper.  These will be added to the Chasewater Railway Archives.

Thanks very much Nigel – we can always find homes for more!

Chasewater Railway Museum. Taken from the first ‘Mercian’ Jan/ Feb 1962


Chasewater Reservoir – full up again, January 2013

Chasewater Railway Museum.

Archive No.2

Taken from the first ‘Mercian’ Jan/Feb 1962

Bi-Monthly News-sheet for the Midlands District of the RPA

In my previous post I reported that the Railway Preservation Society was in future to be called the Railway Preservation Association. For some reason, four times on the first page of the first ‘Mercian’ the RPS is referred to – curious.
The idea was to publish the News-sheet by the 23rd of each bi-month. Anyone who takes on the job of Editor of a news-sheet or magazine of this type has my greatest admiration (and sympathy!) as they always seem to struggle for articles after the initial burst of enthusiasm.

Progress report to date during 1961

Good progress has been made at our Hednesford depot, accomplishments to date include track lowering, to allow the stabling under cover of the Webb Coal Tank and our own TPO van, this vehicle has a lot more work to be done on it, but it has now been completed in undercoat livery of the LNWR on one side. This was done by the very able direction of our Assistant Depot Master, and the woodwork renovations being done by our Hon. Treasurer, Frank Harvey. The interior of the TPO is now in good shape due to the efforts of our Chairman, Arthur Chatfield. Incidentally, he could do with some more help in this direction. How about it some of you people who have not yet shown up?

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Work continues on the Maryport & Carlisle coach, this is slow work and is mainly due to lack of materials which are most costly, perhaps any members who could help out in these matters in cash or kind would they kindly contact me? Glass, wood and hardboard are most urgently required.

The Great Eastern brake has now been converted to a temporary workshop, and part is the museum. It now has a genuine relic in the form of an LNWR signal box stove which has proved a most useful asset during this winter period.

John Elsley, the Assistant Depot Master and his usual few stalwarts namely, Bob Wormington, Terry Jones, David Bradbury, John Bradbury and Fred Lewis continue to press on with tracklaying in spite of the recent cold snap, all you people interested in tracklaying, now is your chance to give a hand.

Mention must be made last but by no means least of Maurice Harper and Brian Kinder who are always at hand to help out with any task which might crop up. The tea is always made by these men and it is most appreciated by all the working parties.

A final word of gratitude to our President Charles E. Ives (no relation to David Ives) who so kindly allows the Society free and complete use of the depot. Good luck to you all in 1962.
David A. Ives Hon. Sec.

From the Archive – No.1

Taken from the RPS Newsletter Vol 3  No.2 – Date – Summer, 1961

  West Midlands District

Arriving at Hednesford RPS depot 14-4-1961

Coal Tank Numbered 1054 arriving at the Hednesford Depot, 14th April 1961

Our covered space at the Hednesford depot now houses the London North-Western Webb coal tank, together with the London North-Western TPO van, Maryport & Carlisle and Great Eastern coaches, which are in various stages of restoration.. A considerable amount of really hard work has been carried out during the last three weekends.

Collection of small relics continues to grow, thanks in no small measure being due to two of our junior members, Brian Kinder and Maurice Harper, of  Walsall.  Donations to the TPO fund were received from some 18 members.

Bass Loco GeoNational Brewery Centre – locomotive

Bass No. 9. An 0-4-0 saddle tank industrial locomotive built in 1901 for the vast internal railway system of Bass, Ratcliffe & Gretton. Now preserved with the directors’ coach at the National Brewery Centre – formerly the Bass Museum and latterly the Coors Visitor Centre.  © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The West Midlands District also toured the railway system of the Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton Company at Burton-on-Trent.  The trip was organised as a joint effort by Stafford Railway Circle, and the party travelled in a four-wheeled directors’ saloon of 1889 vintage.  Acquired from the Midland Railway, the vehicle was built by the Railway Carriage & Iron Co. Ltd. at Manchester.

Matches 016A match-stick version of the Directors’ Saloon is on display in the Museum