Chasewater Railway Museum – May 2019 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum 

May 2019 Newsletter

Another Glenalmond Photograph

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Shelton No.4 of 1912 0-4-0ST OC ‘Glenalmond’

Brand new and posed here for its ‘Official’ photograph at Shelton Steelworks, Stoke-on-Trent.  From the Basil Jeuda Collection  IRS.  Supplied by Godfrey Hucker, Chasewater Raiway Museum.

A recent invitation to Shugborough Hall to view various Staffordshire Museum Services items in store has resulted in several items finding their way to Chasewater, either on loan or as outright gifts.

From a locomotive enthusiast point of view, the star would be the nameplate ‘Glenalmond’.  The locomotive was an 0-4-0ST with 14”x 22” outside cylinders and 3’ 5” wheels.

One of just four locos steam built by and for service at Shelton Iron & Steel Co., Stoke-on-Trent and new in 1912.  The name is taken from the Scottish seat of Lord Faringdon, a Managing Director of the Company.

Lord Faringdon was a one-time Chairman of the Great Central Railway who also named one of their 4-6-0s ’Glenalmond’.

The Shelton ‘Glenalmond’ affectionately known as ‘Gleny’ was built to an Andrew Barclay design with a boiler supplied by Bagnalls Castle Engine Works, Stafford.

The loco lasted in service almost 60 years, being unused from early 1970 and sadly cut up in 1972.

Our thanks go to Chris Copp, Chasewater Railway Museum’s Mentor, for arranging the loan of the nameplate.    (Compiled by Barry Bull)

Photograph courtesy of Pete Stamper.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Latest Loan Item

Chasewater Railway Museum

Latest Loan Item


The latest locomotive nameplate on display in the Chasewater Railway Museum, and on loan from the Industrial Railway Society is from a Kitson-built 0-6-0ST, Holwell No.1, works number 1836, actually built in 1872 although the worksplate it carried read 1879.

New to Holwell Ironworks, Leicestershire, originally the name was painted on the loco’s hump-backed saddle tank, but a rebuild at the works eventually gave her cast brass nameplates.

Transfer to the parent company’s ironstone quarry at Buckminster, Lincolnshire came in 1898 where she worked for many years, finally meeting her demise in 1952.

(Info. compiled by Barry Bull.)

Photo from Peter Stamper (IRS)


Industrial Railway Society

Industrial Railway Society

Details of the Industrial Railway Society, a must for anyone interested in industrial railways.

An old Chasewater Railway Photograph From the Industrial Railway Society’s September 2016 Magazine

An old Chasewater Railway Photograph

From the Industrial Railway Society’s September 2016 Magazine


The IRS’s AGM took place on Saturday 16th April 2016 at Chasewater Railway.

It was enjoyed by IRS members and the members of the Railway who were involved in running special trains for the Society.

20&21This photograph was taken by Cliff Shepherd at the IRS AGM weekend in April 1972.

On the Sunday, visits were made to Chasewater and members travelled in the Maryport and Carlisle carriage of 1875 vintage and the Great Western Brake Van, which now, in 2016, is restored to its former glory.

The locomotives involved topping and tailing were two former Worthington Brewery Planet locomotives, nos. 20 and 21, on what was then a very basic railway.

Holly Bank IRS

Holly Bank No.3 (Hunslet 3783-1953) runs around after the first of the IRS trains at Chasetown Church Street Station on 16-4-2016.

Chasewater Railway Museum – The Eric Tonks Collection

Chasewater Railway Museum

The Eric Tonks Collection

Belonging to the Industrial Railway Society

This was first posted in June, 2009.  Since then, the Industrial Railway Society has renewed the loan on 2 occasions.

The collection has been on display in one of the museum cases for some time, so if anyone would like to see it, pop into the museum, open every Sunday and Bank Holiday and now also on most Saturdays when the Railway is running trains.



Ironstone cropped

Chasewater Railway Museum is delighted to announce that the Industrial Railway Society has loaned the Eric Tonks Collection of nameplates and worksplates to the Museum for at least the next two years.

The collection comprises examples of plates from both standard and narrow gauge locomotiveswhich worked in collieries and ironstone quarries, principally in the East Midlands.

A small number of these items will be on show this coming weekend, Asbestos’ Birthday, and more in another couple of weeks at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.  We hope to have the entire collection on display in the Autumn.

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Chasewater Railway’s Diesel Locos – Bass No.11

Chasewater Railway’s Diesel Locos

Bass No.11

DSCF9083Monday March 31st 2014 saw the latest locomotive to arrive at Chasewater, this being a 107 hp 0-4-0 diesel built by Baguley of Burton-on-Trent, works number 3590 of 1962. The loco was delivered new to the brewery giant ‘Bass’ again, of course, in Burton-on-Trent. The loco cost £8,939 new. Eventually Bass discontinued use of their railway system but No.11, as the loco had become in the fleet at Bass, being relatively new was sold on for further use at Wagon Repairs Ltd., Port Tennant, West Glamorgan, leaving for its new home in March 1968.
In 1998 the loco was sold to Staffordshire Locos and eventually resold again to Mr. Trevor Smith, who kept it in his yard off Engine Lane, Lye.
The loco has been purchased and eventually will see further use at Chasewater.
Some of the above information was taken from the excellent Industrial Railway Society publication ‘Burton Brewery Railways’, author Cliff Shepherd.
Barry Bull – Chasewater Railway Museum