Chasewater Railway Museum
Hednesford Railways 1
From December 2009
The view in 2009, looking towards Rugeley from Hednesford Station bridge. (See below for latest signal box picture.)As it was in the late 1950s, a very busy railway location, with pits sending coal into the sidings from all directions.
Looking forward and to the left, the line leads to West Cannock Colliery No.5 and to the right, to Cannock & Rugeley Collieries at Cannock Wood and the Valley Pit.
From the rear, coal comes in from West Cannock Collierys Nos. 1, 3 and 4 – situated in the Pye Green Valley.
The picture shows the site of West Cannock No.1 and No.4 Plants circa 1920s, it looks north east towards the top end of Green Heath Road. No.4 Plant is just above the top of the chimney and steam can be seen coming from its winder stack. The brickworks is the furthest building centre/right at the base of the mound. A fourth shaft to the north of the brickworks has been covered by the mound. The picture shows the enormity of the West Cannock Company’s operation in the middle of Pye Green Valley.
From here, the railway ran down to Hednesford Station via a bridge under the road by the ‘Bridge’ public house. It then went through the left-hand arch (looking towards Rugeley) and into the sidings.With the closure of West Cannock Collieries 1-4, lines to the left found little usage. The old station building, imposingly symetrical on the overbridge, castle-like dominated the access to the platforms. One of Bescot’s 0-8-0s, 49373, sorted out the empties to transfer to the collieries.
On the other side of the bridge, the sidings opened out into the marshalling yard.William Stanier designed 2-cylinder 2-6-4T no.2579, built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow in 1936 and withdrawn in June 1962, runs in with a Rugeley Trent Valley to Walsall local passenger. The station was demolished after the passenger service was withdrawn in January 1965 and the sidings were removed following the closure of almost all local collieries in the 1970s. The signal box (formerly No.1), seen behind the water tower remains in operation. No.2 signal box closed on January 14th 1973 and No.3 from 18th December 1977. Passenger services were reinstated from Walsall to Hednesford in 1989, using newly built platforms. The service was later extended to Rugeley and Stafford, although, by 2009, it terminated at Rugeley Trent Valley.This is a cold view of West Cannock No.5, which continued producing coal until 1982. The locomotive in the photo is Bagnall 0-6-0ST ‘Topham’ 2193/1922.
Hednesford No.1 Signal Box in the park. It’s had a touch of paint and is now awaiting further developments (Dec. 2015)
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A new book and Hednesford No.1 Signal Box
This book, featuring Chasewater Railway, will be on sale in the Chasewater Railway shop. These details were sent by a good friend of the Chasewater Railway Museum, Ian Pell, who had some involvement with the book.
Hednesford No.1 Signal Box
Already over the line
In Hednesford Park waiting for the crane to catch up!
In situ – shame it had to be boarded up – for now…
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Hednesford Signal Box News
LATEST NEWS – 12 February 2014
Hednesford No.1 Signal Box in busy days with West Cannock Colliery Sidings behind it. – Pic Chasewater Railway Museum Collection.
SIGNAL BOX – Network Rail have advised that the relocation of the signal box will take place this coming Sunday 16th Feb. (Strong winds permitting)
The lifting operation will take place from approximateley 7am when the box will be lifted from its brick base and over the railway lines onto a trailer located at the rear of the new supermarket development. After securing the signal box to the trailer and derigging the crane both vehicles will then drive along Victoria Street and Rugeley Road to enter the car park adjacent to the tennis courts.
The crane will reverse down to the pavilion followed by the trailer and after setting up the crane the signal box will be lifted over the pavilion into its new location. The offloading should start around midday dependant on progress of the first part of the operation.
The Rugeley Road car park will be closed most of the Sunday until the relocation has been completed and the crane and lorry have left site.
Any further changes will be advised
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