Chasewater Railway Museum
Newsletter, February and March 2018
Did you or one of your family work at one of the many Collieries in the Cannock & Rugeley area. If so why not get one of the mining books published by the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society. There are 18 books in the series, each one covering one or more of the local Collieries. A very informative collection, written by the miners, who worked at them. These are available from Chasewater Railway Museum. Perhaps an ideal Christmas present. Contact me if you need more information.
Godfrey Hucker – 07751 448523
Click on the link below to see the full list
Caption text: Object number, name, description, location in the museum.
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This leaflet has just come to light in our Archives section, I thought it is worthy of reproduction. Such a lot has changed!
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Thirty years on what’s left is a school, a housing estate and an Information Board – plus lots of memories.
From time to time various people advise us of the latest offerings on ebay, mostly these are of little interest and on occasions of dubious authenticity, for example, the Hawthorn Leslie worksplate 2780 of 1909. Very odd this one as our loco ‘Asbestos’, resident at Chasewater since 1968, came with worksplates affixed, which are still retained on the loco.
However, we were alerted recently to an enamel wagon plate – ‘When empty return to Littleton Collieries Sidings Penkridge. LM&S Rly’. This would have been a nice addition to our collection of local artefacts, but, despite the best efforts of Rob Cadman, acting on our behalf, we were unlucky with a bidder being found at £150 but prepared to go much higher.
Following this disappointment we then heard of a member who spotted a rather nice Midland Railway, Walsall Wood to Walsall third class return ticket available on ebay. Tickets to or from Walsall Wood and Brownhills (Midland) are pretty scarce and this example realised £102, which I suspect rather surprised our man who had expressed interest in it on our behalf.
Our thanks go to Rob Cadman, Simon Swain and Kevin Pettifor for trying their best for the museum.
Walsall Wood opened 1st July 1884 and closed 31st March 1930, along with Brownhills (Midland), the latter having been renamed Brownhills Watling Street 2nd June 1924. So two items which we would have liked ‘got away’ – but we have photos.
An opportunity presented itself recently to acquire by way of private purchase half a dozen items of local colliery railway interest. Not since the 1960s and early 1970s, when in that period a good relationship existed between the Railway Preservation Society and local National Coal Board management and which resulted in several donations of interest has the chance to obtain in bulk such star items for the museum collection. Finally a possibly unique cast iron sign headed The Littleton Collieries Ltd. The last of the six items, the 3 nameplates and 2 worksplates have been posted recently.
In the Museum
The notice before the paint-brush got close!
The notice in situ – left of centre. We think located near to the Penkridge end of the Littleton Colliery to Penkridge line.
Three items given to the Museum by Barry Lycett, commemorating 40 years of the miners’ “Get Together”.
Also, two tokens in the form of key rings (the Museum was given two so that both sides could be shown in the display cabinet, see above), these items were given to all who attended the ‘Get Together’.
As can be seen in the acknowledgments, Chasewater Railway made a donation to the raffle/auction prizes, I believe in the form of two family tickets for the Railway
Commemorating the 40th Annual miners’ “Get Together”, started at West Cannock No.5 Colliery in 1974