Chasewater Railway Museum
Coming Soon – Sunday, Fathers’ Day,
June 16th 2019:
We are also, of course, open on Saturday 15th
We are also, of course, open on Saturday 15th
For those who would like to help but are not as young as they used to be there is always the Museum, we need more volunteers too – just move occasionally and we won’t stick a label on you!
The Chasewater Railway Museum is proud to have two Books of Remembrance and two Rolls of Honour to commemorate some of the Railwaymen who lost their lives in the Service of their Country.
The Books of Remembrance are from the London & North Western Railway, and the Midland Railway.
The Rolls of Honour are from the Barry Railway and the North Staffordshire Railway.
The photo has nothing to do with the article, but it’s old!
The first newsletter of the RPS was published in July 1959 and followed the information given in the previous leaflet.
It invited members “to send letters, articles and news items for inclusion in future issues”.
Other items raised were “Why don’t we take over a Branch Line?” The short answer was – not enough members.
“What type of Branch Line are we interested in?”
“The type of branch line we are interested in would have adequate storage space for relics and must be within easy access of large centres of population. The exact criteria will be the subject of investigation by your committee, but we must bear in mind that the bulk of traffic would come from visitors on summer weekends and Bank Holidays who would not necessarily be railway enthusiasts. We should be able to offer such people other attractions in the way of fine scenery and a terminus that is a natural tourist attraction with good facilities for meals, sight-seeing, etc”.
“Where will this Branch Line be?”
The early RPS members studied a proposal for taking over a line in South Devon but after consideration turned it down for two reasons
“1) Too small membership to make it possible.
2) Too far from the large centres of population where the greatest support would come from.”
The thinking behind ‘Districts’ was explained.
“We think it desirable that wherever possible members should be able to visit a place where active work is going on during summer weekends or even just for an hour or two in the evening. Also by concentrating our collection of relics in one place, we would deprive many members of the opportunity of seeing the relics of their local railways.
“Working from this basis, we have evolved the idea of an organisation built up of districts, each playing their own part within a national plan for preserving a collection of relics. The first district has been formed, covering the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and this is called the West Midland District. A meeting of local members has been called to discuss plans for a London and Home Counties District. The suggested area is the counties of Bucks, Essex, Herts, Kent, London, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. Other suggested areas for similar schemes are East Midlands, N.W England, Scotland, South Wales, Tyne/Tees and Yorkshire.”
Other items were – How do we form a District, Increasing our Membership, and the names and addresses of the officers of the RPS.
These posts are taken from old publications, newssheets and magazines produced by the Railway Preservation Society (West Midlands Division). Chasewater Light Railway Society and Chasewater Light Railway and Museum.
From the March/April 1962 ‘Mercian’
Bi-monthly news sheet of the Midlands Area of the R.P.S.
From the Hon. Secretary’s notes and reports.
These notes were from the early days when the depot was at Hednesford.
G.E. – Great Eastern, T.P.O. – Travelling Post office
News has been rather scarce this time. I have only had articles from the Hon. Treasurer and T. C. Jones, it is difficult to keep making up copy and I do hope that members will co-operate and send in articles. Otherwise the ‘Mercian’ will soon cease to function. Please send in articles, no matter how small, copy must be sent in by the 8th May.
(Some things don’t change!)
A new siding has now been completed, the G.E.Brake is now stabled on this siding, this has allowed room for the T.P.O. and the Coal Tank to be moved further under the covered space, giving greater protection from the weather. The whole scheme of the new siding was planned by the Assistant Depot Manager, John Elsley, the installation was very ably carried out by him and his small, but willing band of helpers. New glass has now been fitted in the windows of the G. E. Brake, the toilet of the T.P.O is now in the process of being repainted, whilst the interior of this vehicle has been thoroughly cleaned.
We hope that the T.P.O. will be finished this Summer (on one side at least) this could easily be achieved if we had a few more willing expert hands. Our woodwork expert Frank Harvey has had a considerable amount of new panelling to do, he is being ably assisted by Fred Lewis. A considerable amount of painting has yet to be done on the T.P.O. so any member who is handy with a paint brush will be very welcome indeed. The Maryport & Carlisle coach still has to be completely reglazed and we earnestly appeal to members for offers of glass
David A. Ives, Hon. Sec.
Working Parties at R.P.S. Depot, Hednesford
The Society holds working parties every Sunday, these commence at 2.30pm. There are however, a number of members who would like to attend working parties, but cannot attend those held on Sundays. During the Summer we are hoping to recommence working parties on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings. Would you please specify on the form below the days you wish to attend, and return form to the Secretary, alternatively contact by post card.
Events News: Made In Staffordshire Gala – May 26th/27th/28th
Made in Staffordshire Gala
Our Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire gala May 26th/27th/28th. 10am-5pm each day.
Details of our locos appearing during the gala.over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend “Made in Staffordshire”
Steam loco guest is Kerr Stuart & Co. 0-4-0 “Willy” the Well-tank visiting us in its centennial year having been built in Staffordshire in 1918 and Diesel guest is last but one built Bagnall 0-4-0DH built Stafford 1961, number 3207 “Leys”. Thanks to the respective owners for allowing them to visit us.
Home fleet locos representing Staffordshire are Bagnall “Dunlop No.6” and Bagnall “Kent No.2” plus Diesel E E Baguley “Bass no.5” with Bagnall “Myfanwy” availble to view nearing the completion of her restoration.
Museum, Heritage Centre, Tea Room, Model Railway, Gift shops, Bric-A-Brac and more.
Rover Ticket prices for this event are £8.95 Adult, £7.95 Concession, £4.50 Child 3-15yrs and Non-working members with valid card, 0-2yrs free. A fantastic value family ticket is £24.95 for 2 adults and up to 2 children. No passes or vouchers valid during the gala and for everyone’s safety strictly no track/shed/signal box access without permission.
For weather & travel updates why not tune into our friends at Cannock Chase Radio FM on 89.6 & 94 FM.
More info: http://www.chasewaterrailway.co.uk/
This latest acquisition is a very welcome addition to the Museum’s collection of local Cannock Chase items.
Nameplate: Foggo, 1946, from a standard gauge 0-4-2ST built at the Chasetown workshops of the Cannock Chase Colliery Co.Ltd. in 1946, using parts supplied by Beyer Peacock, together with spare parts accumulated over the years from similar locomotives already at work at the colliery. The name derives from Mr. Foggo, the General Manager of the company at the time and the nameplate incorporates the year of build. It became National Coal Board property on 1st January, 1947. Transferred to Coppice Colliery in early 1954 and to Brereton Colliery later the year. Scrapped by W.H.Arnott Young in January 1961. Cast Brass, 21½”x 8¾”, the front repainted.