Tag Archives: Midland Railway Objects

Chasewater Railway Museum – our latest item

Chasewater Railway Museum

Our latest item


Thanks to Rob Cadman, who spotted the item on ebay, we were able to obtain, at a reasonable price, a small wagon repair plate somewhat unusually produced in a lead material, and CRC (Cannock & Rugeley Colliery) in origin, when they replaced an ex Midland Railway wagon – number 74545  6-1943.  Size, approximately 6″x 4″ .  Very likely this was a 12 ton coal wagon but this is not yet verified.

Many of these old Midland Railway wagons were withdrawn in the 1920s and 30s and replaced by the LMS.


Chasewater Railway Museum – Midland Railway Notices

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Midland Railway Notices

DSCF2444This Midland Railway ‘Stop’ sign was from Derby No.4 Loco Shed and bought at Derby some years ago.  It is made from wood and has cast iron lettering.

In the days before World War II and the large-scale development of synthetic materials, the railways used a huge number of cast iron signs and notices. Each company either had its own foundries or employed local contractors, and it was a relatively simple job to make a wooden pattern and pin to it a variety of lettering which could be bought from various companies.

DSCF2447These two cast iron signs have been with the museum for many years, and apart from their Midland Railway origin, we do not know where they came from.


Railway workshops and engine sheds yielded a plethora of notices giving directions, machinery instructions, general restrictions, safety warnings and even the amount of time allowed for using the lavatories.

Chasewater Railway Museum – A Miscellaneous item or two

Chasewater Railway Museum

A Miscellaneous item or two

This first item was found in a grounded carriage at Whatstandwell, Derbyshire.  A frosted pane of glass from carriage toilet window. Midland Railway griffin logo on frosted pane of glass, sadly broken.

219 Mid window

Another unusual item by today’s standards, a BR No. 8 fire extinguisher.  It comes in three parts, a bucket containing special powder with removable lid and scoop to put powder on fire.




It’s amazing what bits and pieces have been collected over the years!!


Chasewater Railway Museum – Armistice Day

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Armistice Day

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.






We salute all men and women who lost their lives in the Service of their Country.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Some of our tokens

Chasewater Railway Museum

Some of our tokens

There is a steadily increasing collection of tokens in our collection – here are three of them.


The first one is a Midland Railway token from the Harlesden NW Goods Depot, with the name C.Clarke.


Second is a Mount Sorrel Co-op Society coal token to the value of  5/- (5 shillings or 25 pence)


Finally for this time is a token from the Salop Miners Federation, numbered 6 and dated 1919

Chasewater Railway Museum – a few old signs

Chasewater Railway Museum

A few warning signs from our collectioN


The first one is made from wood with cast iron lettering.  We do not know which railway it came from.


Next is an LNWR cast iron notice



Now a London & South Western Railway Notice – cast iron.


A Midland Railway cast iron sign


Ex NCB line between Cannock Wood and Chase Terrace. Location: Ironstone Road, up from the ‘Rag’, seen in the photo below.

To the Rag

Two photos of a sign, before restoration and nearing completion.



This was found in the mid 1960s in the Wyrley Branch of the Wyrley & Essington Canal which is now under Vernon Way, in the New Invention, Essington area. The railway crossing of the A4124 Lichfield Road from Holly Bank Colliery to the canal basin at Short heath was about 150 yards away on the other side of the M6. It seems logical to assume that this was where the sign was originally placed.



Finally, one of the Railway’s own signs, from the early days at Chasewater.


Chasewater Railway Museum Early Posts – One new and a few old Museum Pieces

Next weekend – open on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September for the Industrial Gala – Come and see the visiting loco, Hunslet 3890-1964, the last standard gauge steam loco built for the UK Until Tornado, and 3 other locos in steam

Chasewater Railway Museum Early Posts

 The following was first published on 16th November 2011

One new and a few old Museum Pieces

The Cannock Station signal box nameboard was delivered to the museum on Tuesday Nov. 14th by Stan, a good friend of the Curator and the museum.  Its final resting place has yet to be decided but it is on show in the museum.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the photographing of the museum collection continued in the stores, and I thought I might publish a few pictures of some of the station furniture which the museum has tucked away, as do many other museums, in store.This item is a roll-fronted ticket rack from about 1938.This is a wooden chair with a Staffordshire Knot carved in the back, formerly of the North Staffs Railway.Finally for this time, another wooden chair, with a cut-out letter ‘M’ in the back, from the Midland Railway.

While it is good that the museum has these and more items in store, it would be nice to think that sometime in the future (probably distant) the museum could be extended and these items could be restored to their former glory and put on show.

Handbills – Sports other than Football!

Handbills – Sports other than Football!

8435A Midland Railway trip to Doncaster, 1912


Anyone for tennis – LNWR off to Leamington


The Southern Railway off to Glorious Goodwood


The LMS going to the dogs!  Three times a week!


County Cricket via LMS


Over the sticks! Racing at Bromford Bridge by the LMS

From the Archive – Midland Railway Advert – 1903

From the Archive

Midland Railway Advert – 1903

Another handbill, this time a national advertisement – stretching the Midlands a little!

8434 Hand Bill

From the Archives – Handbills

From the Archives


 The latest addition to be entered on the museum database is a collection of handbills, a number of them from local stations.8451 To Sutton Park

The one pictured here is obviously of interest to Chasewater Railway members, being a return trip to Sutton Park, leaving from, amongst other places, Brownhills (Midland) station and Walsall Wood.  This was the Midland line which extended into the Cannock Chase coalfield, passing through our present Brownhills West station.  How about the price? – 5p return to Sutton Park in today’s money!05291 Midland Station, Brownhills

The Brownhills (Midland) station was situated between the A452 Chester Road and the A5.  We have others of local interest which I shall post here in the future, but I haven’t as yet come across any more from Brownhills – but I shall keep on looking!!