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Chasewater Railway Museum – From the Archives Folder

Chasewater Railway Museum 

From the Archives Folder

In the museum there are a lot of boxes containing archive paperwork, but these boxes have already been cleaned, dried and sorted by David Bathurst before I enter them on our database.  This folder is different – and so are the contents.  The boxes are sorted into companies but the folder isn’t!  When I first saw it, I thought that it was a folder of luggage labels – straight forward – but as I turned the pages I could see that not only were they not all luggage labels but they were also from different companies,  this made life more difficult as it was not straightforward but also a lot more interesting, with some companies I had never heard of and all sorts of information – I just had to read them all to see what they were all about!

Luggage Labels

Luggage Labels

I thought that they were all luggage labels like these!

Then the next one came along, an 1874 quote for rates to carry manure!!  I have stared at the word long and hard and can’t think of anything else it could be.


Then came the Great Western Horse Department!


Now,  an advice note from the Barrow Steam Navigation Company, dated 1899, for transport from Belfast to Skipton.


And finally for this time, an 1876  enquiry from the Bristol & Exeter Railway Company about the cost of transport from Staffordshire.  Asking how the 9/7 is made up.  That’s the old money version, in new money it’s 48p!


Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 62 – From RPS Newsletter No.3, July – October 1973

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 62

From RPS Newsletter No.3, July – October 1973

 DMU on causeway001

Due to the grand summer weather our train running operations have proved very successful, this of course has also been enhanced by having the DMU trailer unit now in regular service, our train crews have carried out the job of keeping the wheels rolling most efficiently.  Members wishing to participate in train duties should report to Steve Allsopp for instruction.

Neilson 0-4-0 Locomotive

1977 Lighter

This locomotive has now passed its boiler test successfully and is now in the process of being re-assembled.  I understand that the main bearings are being re-metalled.  The whole project is in the capable hands of our General Manager, Derek Luker, with Keith Sergeant acting as chief assistant.  We are heavily indebted to these two members for sticking to the job.

MSLR Carriage


Restoration of this vehicle still continues, also a long slog by John Elsley. John would appreciate a little more help with this vehicle.  Anyone who is reasonably skilled in woodwork should report to John Elsley.

 The platform building had been slowed down due to the train operations, and the Railway held a very successful Railway Exhibition at the Forum Theatre in Cannock. Very many thanks to all the people who set up the stands, acted as stewards, and in particular, to Rob Duffill and his team of ladies who manned the refreshment bar.

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces No.61 – RPS Newsletter No.2 – May 1973

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces No.61

 DMU Transport 3

RPS Newsletter No.2 – May 1973

 Since the last newsletter (March) we have been pleased to see a few members turn up at Chasewater as a result of the appeal for more support.  We would like to see a few more however.  There is an interesting variety of jobs, i.e. trackwork, platform building, locomotive and carriage restoration, installation of signals and signalling equipment. (Sounds familiar!!)

There was a successful Easter Weekend Steaming in spite of awful weather, and a thank you to the members who stayed overnight to light up, and those who operated the service in such vile weather.

DMU Trailer Unit

DMU Transport 7

This vehicle has now arrived at Walsall from March, Cambs. And is now awaiting collection and transportation by low-loader from Walsall to Chasewater.  This should prove a spectacular operation (albeit a costly one). We deserve to get maximum publicity from this enterprise.  As most members will realise, this carriage has been purchased to give maximum seating capacity for the summer season’s running, also to replace our vintage Maryport & Carlisle coach now in service.  The M & C now needs some restoration work, new panelling and a complete repaint.

Stop Press – 3rd May!!

This vehicle is now safely in the compound at Chasewater, after a hectic day by a small party of members and being filmed going through the streets of Walsall by ‘ATV Today’

DMU Transport 17

North-Eastern Box Van

 NER 8 Ton Box Van

Due to the efforts of our Hon. Sec. Barry Bull, the Society has acquired the last wooden bodied Box Van used by Messrs. Cadbury of Bournville.  Messrs. Cadbury have very kindly donated the vehicle to the Society, arrangements have now been made for collection of this vehicle on May 5th.  Our grateful thanks to both Messrs. Cadbury for donating this vehicle and to Barry for negotiating the deal.