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Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 68

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 68

From the ‘Chasewater Express’

January 1976

Editorial

Steve’s Bit

Here we are, into 1976, and once again the Society is crying out.  Crying for cash and for help.  Once again it is up to members to try and help us over the winter patch, which, as in other years, is hit by poor attendance of volunteers.  Our Society is by no means unique in this respect.

I ask you then to do this:  there is enclosed in this mag a loose membership form: persuade a friend to fill it in and send it to us.  If each member gets just one new member, then our workforce should double.  Sounds glib – but is it too much to ask?

Hope you like the new magazine.  This is the ‘cheap’ winter edition, with duplicated insides, but the summer edition – in April – which will be on wide sale to non-members, will be a classier affair altogether.

Your adverts are welcome – send them to me.  I intend to widen our circulation by acting as a ‘Notice Board’ for vendors and collectors of Railwayana.

Steve Organ, Hon.Editor

Steve Organ has now taken over the editorship of the newsletter, though he tells me that he is going to modify the format slightly.  I must thank Steve for relieving me of the job, which has at times been rather difficult to achieve due to business commitments,

We are in the winter now and a difficult time to try and maintain our stock and locomotives at Chasewater due mainly to a lack of covered accommodation.

We are now in our sixteenth year, and can be fairly called a viable society; we do emphasise, however that we must have all the help that anyone can give, to continue to be viable.

Laurence Hodgkinson and I made a very enjoyable trip to Ludgvan, near Penzance, during November, and collected six gas lamps intact from an old GWR clerestory body – this entailed a lot of hard work, particularly for Laurence, who had to cut through all the plumbing.  We returned through fog, gale and rain to offload the lamps at Chasewater around midnight that evening.

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Davey Thomas who owned the coach body for his generosity and hospitality.

May I wish everyone a prosperous and happy New Year – Dave Ives – President.

I hope that at least one of these lamps will be restored and on the exhibition stands this year – Editor.

Recent Happenings at Chasewater

A pump handle trolley (YES, BUSTER KEATON STYLE!) has been restored to working order after many years of use as a timber stand.  Already, since being commissioned around 1st January, it has claimed two victims.  First Rob Duffill, who has a wrenched arm, and now Barry Bull, who the Machine’s handle lifted from the platform and hurled him through the air, to be deposited, muttering oaths and obscenities, into the Chasewater quagmire. (No photographs are available so I may ask them for an action replay!!). Thanks are due to John Elsley for the restoration of this museum piece for our torture-chamber exhibit.

The line has now been relaid and ballasted to the BR Boundary, but much packing is needed.

Negotiations twixt BR and the Council continue – developments hoped for very soon.

The compound is now fully lit by 240 volt lighting equipment – thank you Brian Hames.

Invicta arriving July 1975 – D.Bathurst’s collection

Invicta, the 0-4-0ST Barclay, ex Chatham Docks, has passed its hydraulic test – steaming soon.

Staging has been erected alongside the MSLR coach for public viewing.

Harold Wilson, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister has made a donation to Society funds (true!)

Original Stones lighting equipment for the ‘Paddy Train’ LNWR bogie brake compo is on order – thank you J.C.James

The TPO has been re-roofed and glazed.

Chairman’s Message

Once again we are well into the closed season, a time when the Railway has to be made ready for the next season of passenger operation.  This is a vital time for the Society, for if we are to operate trains we must make good the wear and tear of last year and make improvements where necessary, and whenever possible, and to do these things, we need YOU!  You are the Society’s greatest asset – without you we do not exist!

Working members are about 5% of the Society’s membership – a good percentage when compared to other Societies – i.e. SVR’s 4%.  Unfortunately for us, our membership as a whole is much less than the SVR, so I would urge you to take up the Editor’s scheme – with the enclosed form get just one new member, more if you can, and really help the Society in this way – if you can’t help on site, is this too much to ask?

We will start the season with two steam locomotives and soon there will be three, next year probably another will be added – these are as well as diesels – never before has the Society been in a position of such strength, but this alone is not enough.  We need track to run on, serviceable vehicles, coaches, to carry fare-paying passengers and station staff.

Come and help us then.  Make 1976 a year to remember.  If you cannot come to Chasewater but can offer us some other service, or have constructive proposals to make, please write to us via the editor.  Best wishes for the New Year – Albert Haywood, Chairman.

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 67

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 67

RPS Newsletters No. 14, 15 & 16  May – Oct 1975.

From No.14

I am pleased to report a fair influx of new members these last couple of months, several of these members have already proved their worth and capabilities.  I only wish that a few of our absent, long-standing members could pay a visit to the site now and again, I am sure that they would enjoy the odd weekend.

Trackwork

A very good effort has been done by our track laying gang, the bed has been levelled, sleepers and rail relaid almost to the underbridge.  A splendid effort by the usual stalwarts!!

Maryport & Carlisle Carriage

Work is progressing slowly but surely towards the final repaint of this vehicle, this carriage is being shown at the Stockton & Darlington 150th Railway Anniversary Exhibition at Shildon, Co. Durham.  It is going to be a race against time to finish it by the end of July!!  A few more skilled painting volunteers would be very welcome.  Messrs. Pomlett Sen & Jnr, I am pleased to report have answered the call, but further help would be very much appreciated.

Horizontal Single Cylinder Engine, Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology

This engine has been collected by the RPS and is now undergoing restoration on Chasewater site.  Staffordshire Industrial Archaeological Society have promised help in this work.  During this excursion the Midland Railway horsedrawn box van was loaned to Shugborough Museum.  (It’s still there – Jan 2011).(Back home for a couple of years now – 2020)

The horse-drawn box van can just about be seen to our left of the building

Spring Bank Holiday – Sunday and Monday

Thanks must be expressed to all members running the trains over this period, the effort was quite fruitful.  Thanks to Andrew Louch, Albert Haywood and helpers who prepared the site and erected the Birkenhead Railway Bookstall, this bookstall has great potential.

The bookstall is top left in the picture – above ‘BROW’ of Brownhills West

Thanks again to Mr. J.C.James for purchasing same.  A large number of visitors also went round the compound.  Many thanks to the stewards who held the fort in the TPO and LNWR brake.

LNWR, TPO & 60ft Brake

Urgent maintenance work is required on the roof of the TPO during the dry summer months.  Volunteers please!!  Rob Duffill has also made a start on the painting and restoration of the second half of the LNWR brake, he would appreciate help in this venture, also painting of the exterior of both vehicles.

Dave Ives.  President & Editor.

 

From No.15

We are still in the midst of this marvellous weather, what a glorious summer indeed.  We have had a long run of steaming and train running these last two months, but takings, alack, have been sadly down on last year, also lack of members to run the trains, the task of running the trains has fallen yet again on the same old crew.  May I appeal for members to get over to Chasewater and give a turn, we shall be running until October.

This month of course sees the 150th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, I expect and hope most members will attend.  As most members are aware, we are exhibiting the Maryport & Carlisle carriage, also we are manning a sales stand.  Barry Bull, our Hon. Sec. is in charge and would appreciate a little help, he will be on duty all week from 25th August to the 31st – a long stint.  We shall appreciate a little help in this direction.  We also look forward to a good attendance at the AGM in September, see separate notice from the Hon. Sec.

Maryport & Carlisle CarriageM & C  on show at Shildon

Andrew Louch has truly done a first class job getting this vehicle ready for the Anniversary.  I am sure it is really credit due to him and his few helpers!  All members will be sorry to learn that Andrew’s mother has broken her ankle, with an unfortunate accident at their home.  All members, along with me, will I’m sure wish her well during what will be a drawn out recovery.

Neilson Locomotive

Work continues to progress on this engine.  I understand that we should see her moving, possibly in service, before the season ends.

Pump Action Mechanical Trolley

Keith Sargeant has spotted and bought a trolley for the Society.  We are however having a members’ whip round to offset the cost for Keith.  The total amount being £30 + transport.  £19 has been donated to date.  Please don’t forget to add the odd £1 next time you renew your subscription.  The trolley will be a valuable acquisition.

Dave Ives – President & Editor

From No.16

Several events have now come and gone since the publication of the last Newsletter.  The 150th Anniversary at Shildon was probably amongst the most memorable.  The Cavalcade at the end of the week was to me the most memorable and unforgettable experience.  A lot has already been said and reported on this subject, but I still have my personal experience, one that I would not have missed!!  Our very sincere thanks to our Hon. Sec., his friend Ken, Adrian Pearson, Iain Patterson, Andrew and Richard Louch and Bob Ives, Mike Wood and Gerald Wildish for manning the RPS Stand at Shildon through a long and somewhat arduous week.  I understand that a clear profit in the region of £350 was made.  A truly excellent effort on the part of the above mentioned members.

My wife and I also had an invitation to attend the Official Opening of York Railway Museum by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh.  This again was quite an impressive ceremony, and of course yet again, a chance to meet several old friends and colleagues.  I understand that a visit to York Railway Museum is being planned by one or two Chasewater members; it is certainly well worth a visit.

AGM

The meeting was quite well attended this year, the highlight event being after the meeting and members were able to participate in trips behind the Neilson down the line.  I am sure that all members were thrilled to make this trip and sincere thanks to loco staff and operating staff for the wonderful effort put into getting this loco back in working order.

Maryport & Carlisle Carriage Exhibited at Shildon

We are all justifiably proud of the fact that this carriage was duly exhibited at Shildon.  We must again thank Andrew Louch and his helpers for making this possible.  We had the misfortune to have two door handles stolen by a ‘souvenir hunter’; these were replica handles but will cost the Society something like £10 to replace.  We must all agree that this was a despicable act!!

Progress at Chasewater

The running season has now come to a close.  Passenger receipts this year were a little down on last year, but this is to be expected with the expensive, inflationary times we live in.

Miniature Railway

Albert Haywood very successfully negotiated with the Council (Walsall) for the RPS to run and maintain the 7½” gauge railway in the park.  This has been operated and run by our members during the closing weeks of the season.  This should prove a very worth-while project, the Society receiving 50% of passenger receipts.  Our very grateful thanks to Albert and his operating staff, Ted West and Colin Finch.

(I haven’t managed to get a photo of this yet – can anyone help, please?)

Trackwork

This arduous but necessary work continues, thanks to our general Manager Derek Luker and his gang of stalwarts.

Platform

The slotted signal at our original Brownhills West Station

Steve Organ (that’s the first time that I’ve seen that name mentioned!) has made good progress with the station platform, he intends to extend it to its full length during the winter season, weather permitting.  The Cannock Wood Colliery signal has been installed, a start signal, this is all good progress, thanks to Steve and his helpers.

Cannock Forum Theatre RPS Exhibition

This exhibition was held again fro the third occasion and was a great success, financially and publicity wise.  Our sincere thanks to Andrew Louch, the organiser, Barry Bull, our energetic Hon. Sec. and all other members who helped with this successful event, in particular to the non-stop catering team led by Rob Duffill.  I understand that a profit of £125 was made.

Nigel and Helena Hadlow

Our very sincere congratulations to Nigel and his wife on their marriage in September.  Nigel is one of our stalwart members, having served the Society for some 15 years.  I am sure that all members will join in wishing them a long and happy marriage.

Obituary

Eric Haswell.  It is with sadness and regret that I write these lines.  Eric died suddenly whilst on a visit to our old friend Teddy Boston at Cadeby Rectory on Tuesday 14th October.  I am sure that all members will sadly miss that tall figure at the exhibition, with that wonderful talent for locomotive drawing.  Thus passes another Gentleman.

Dave Ives – President and Editor.

After something like 30 years outside, the Maryport & Carlisle could do with another Andrew Louch!!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Derrick Humpheson, Craftsman

Chasewater Railway Museum

Derrick Humpheson, Craftsman

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As can be seen from this series of photographs, Derrick is a very good man to have on your side if you need something restoring from rotten to as good as new.
These 2 Tyer’s Electric Train Tablet Cases were in an awful state when Derrick started work on them, but when he had finished they looked brand new.
They will be put to work in signal boxes on Chasewater Railway
Tyer’s Instruments

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An instrument was placed at each end of the single-track section that they were to control. They were connected together electrically in such a way that operation of one would depend on operations carried out using the other.
There were various incarnations of instruments developed by Tyer & Co.

 

Trolley CropIn 1981, Derrick was in charge of the restoration of our Pump Trolley while at the West Bromwich College of Commerce &Technology.

DerrickThere have been times, however, when perhaps Derrick wanted more involvement with the running of the Railway! Maybe getting ideas above his station!!