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Tag Archives: Mining Heritage
Model of the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery
In late 2017 the Chasewater Railway Museum was handed a query from Ray Foster with regard to the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Paddy Train, which ran from Hednesford to the colliery in Cannock Wood
We have tried to answer one or two other queries in the time since, the latest ones being about the loco and the size of the nameplate, numberplate and the size of the letters ‘CRC’ on the tanks. Some of the items are in the Museum collection so it was relatively simple to be of help. Now that Ray has completed his ‘0’ gauge model, he has sent us a photograph of the complete train. A first class job!
If anyone is interested in getting the parts for the train Ray can direct them to the sources, just add your details in a comment on the blog post.
Our congratulations to Ray on the completion of his model and our thanks for allowing the use of the photograph.
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Another Local Item
A Single-Line Staff.
A wooden staff with chain attached and three quite worn brass plates:
Holly Bank Colliery
And Essington Wood
Essington Wood was the signal box controlling the Holly Bank Branch. This information came from Frank Allen’s book :
“The Cannock Line – Fourteen Miles of History”
The staff was donated by Barry Bull.
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Acquisition from the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society
This is the latest, and probably the last, book to be published by the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society.
The Cannock Chase Coalfield has been covered by the series of books written by various authors over the past few years. They are all on sale in the Chasewater Railway Museum, which is open on train running days.
Mick Drury, who wrote this book, and others in the series, starting with the Conduit and Littleton Collieries, followed by William Harrison Company Ltd., The Lesser Known Coalmines of the Cannock Chase Coalfield, Cannock Old Coppice Colliery (Hawkins Colliery) and, with the late Jack Sunley and Maurice Davies, Education, Training and Rescue in the Cannock Chase Coalfield.
The Cannock Chase Coalfield was fully covered by this series of books from the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society and this left Mick, who was instrumental in the formation of the Society and, for a time, Chairman, with the completion of this book ‘Boots All My Life’.
All of the books are available in the Chasewater Railway Museum (‘Boots All My Life’ – £14.00) or by using the link below.
The book is priced: £14.00 + p&p.
And is available by contacting Alan Dean on:
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New Year – New Items
Three very nice items in the museum to start the New Year.
They are the cabside numbers from nos. 1, 5 and 8 from local colliery locos.
Number 1 is from the Cannock & Rugeley loco – ‘Marquis’
The name originates from the first Marquis of Anglesey, a title awarded to the Earl of Uxbridge who fought along side Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. Carried by the Lilleshall Company built 0-6-0 saddle tank new to the Cannock and Rugeley Collieries as their first loco in 1867, she or is it he lasted until cut up at the NCB Cannock Central Workshops during May 1964.
No.5 is from Cannock & Rugeley loco ‘Beaudesert’
Beaudesert from the little 0-6-0 saddle tank built by Fox Walker, works number 266 of 1875 supplied new to Cannock and Rugeley Collieries as their number 5. Beaudesert was the ancestral home of the Paget family who became Earls of Uxbridge before being given the title and Estate Marquis of Anglesey. Finally cut up in 1964 the other nameplate of the loco survives and is on display in Kidderminster Railway Museum.
No.8 is from Cannock & Rugeley loco ‘Harrison’
No.8 Harrison 0-6-0 T Built by the Yorkshire Engine Company, 186/1872 as a 2-4-0 T, rebuilt to 0-6-0T 1916. Bought from B.P.Blockley of Bloxwich in 1905. It had originally been Potteries, Shrewsbury and North Wales Railway ‘Hope’ and later No.1 on the East and West Junction Railway. Sold to Stanton Ironworks, Stanton, Notts., 1950. Since scrapped.
Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Books
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
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National Coal Board (NCB) Items
Quite a few NCB-related items, if there had been no coal there would be no Chasewater Railway.
Click on the link below to see the full list
Caption text: Object number, name, description, location in the museum.
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