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Chasewater Railway Museum Catalogue – London and North Eastern Railway Archives

London and North Eastern Railway Archives

The paperwork items in the museum collection from another of the Big Four Railway companies, the LNER.

Click on the link below to see the full list

LNER Archives – XL Files

Caption text: Object number, name, description, location in the museum.

Click on a picture to see a larger image, the click on the side arrow to move on.

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – Another New Acquisition

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another new Acquisition

The Museum grapevine has been working well recently.  Anthony Coulls of the National Railway Museum called Mark Sealey about a worksplate off a Cannock Chase Colliery locomotive, Alfred Paget on EBay.  Mark passed the message on to Barry Bull, who signed up to EBay and eventually won the plate.

Following advice from Rob Cadman we came to the conclusion that the size of the Beyer Peacock worksplate on EBay and purporting to be off Alfred Paget didn’t quite measure up. A fraction smaller than details in the Buckle and Love worksplate book gave the game away that likely a copy of the original with if correct the usual shrinkage to be expected.  We are grateful to Rob Cadman for his research and pointing this out. However with this in mind I enlisted Rob to help with a low bid, and can report success at £104 . It is certainly possible maybe even probable that the plate was copied from an original in the NCB Chasetown workshops in the 1950s at the time when the seller’s father was employed there.

Rob has collected the worksplate from Roy Fairbanks who lives at Shire Oak.  His father Freddie Fairbanks was a loco fitter at Cannock Chase and as the pits closed he went to the Chasetown workshops. He died in 1984 and son has had it since, seems he expected it to realise £30 or so. Now Rob has it he’s coming round to the idea that it may be original. He’s now swayed to thinking it is.

It has now been decided that the Beyer Peacock 1861 worksplate is indeed an original off CCC Co loco Alfred Paget.  A good few days all round.

Footnote

The original ‘Alfred Paget’, an 0-4-2ST No.204/1861, was acquired new, scrapped by NCB at Chasetown circa 1952.  ‘Paget’ was the family name of the Marquis of Anglesey, one of the major land-owners in the district, and Chasewater Railway has kept the name – now on a Neilson engine.

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – New Acquisition

Chasewater Railway Museum

New Acquisition

Our curator, Barry Bull, nowadays becoming known as the Museum ‘Geek’, since he’s had his new phone and time to play with it, has found a couple of items for the collection on Ebay, the first one is the badge shown above.

Referring to the excellent book by the late Ronald Redman on the Railway Foundry it confirms the badge to be a world war 2 issue and not as described on Ebay from the previous conflict

The service badge would have been issued at the time that Hudswell Clark were heavily involved with aircraft production of several types including  the Fairey Swordfish

An association had been formed with a Yorkshire  company, Blackburn Aircraft in 1938 when war loomed and eventually over a 1000 men and woman were engaged at Hudswell Clark in the  war effort building sub assemblies.  Locomotive work continued including the production of 50 austerity 0 6 0 saddle tanks for the War Department plus others of various types for industrial use. Employees were issued with a bright metal button hole badge just a fraction less than an inch in diameter featuring a simple front view of a locomotive with the initials H C on each side also &Co Ltd  with the employees works number stamped underneath.  The example acquired for the Chasewater Railway museum is number 905.

 

Chasewater Railway Museum – 2011

Chasewater Railway Museum – 2011

A collection of photographs, mainly in the Museum, taken in 2011

Industrial Railway Society Day at Chasewater Railway. 16-04-2011

 

Industrial Railway Society Day at Chasewater Railway. 16-04-2011

A look back at a proud moment for the Museum in 2011, nine years ago

Industrial Railway Society Day at Chasewater Railway.

 The Chasewater Railway was honoured to host the Annual General Meeting of the Industrial Railway Society on Saturday 16th April 2011.

The day started with the unveiling of the Eric Tonks Collection of locomotive nameplates and worksplates, this was, of course held in the Museum.Following this, and many photographs, a number of rides down the line with ‘Asbestos’ and ‘Linda’ taking turns in hauling the train.  I think that ‘Colin McAndrew’ was in steam later.Pic by oakparkrunner

The Marston’s Baguley diesel shunter and the Class 08 were also put through their paces.

There was a buffet lunch on the first floor of the Heritage Centre which was well appreciated – well done Linda and Mavis and anyone else involved.

The Annual General Meeting was held after lunch, followed by more railway activity.Pic by oakparkrunner

Our visitors’ book bears testimony as to how well Chasewater Railway’s efforts were appreciated.  Well done everyone.

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Chasewater Railway Museum and Heritage Centre – March 2011

Chasewater Railway Museum

and Heritage Centre – March 2011

A few photos from the Museum taken in March 2011, plus a couple in the Heritage Centre.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Inside the Museum Coach

Chasewater Railway Museum

Inside the Museum Coach

(A while back!)

This was before my time at the railway, it always looks so clean and tidy!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Newer Items now on Display.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Newer Items now on Display.

 

This small Dinky model train, now in Cabinet 2 was given to the Museum by Mrs. Ros Frewer from Tamworth.  It looks right at home with its larger, 0 and 00 scale, exhibits.

These two wagon owner’s plates, are now in place on the pillar on the left wall (P2) as you enter the Museum.  The ‘Stafford Coal & Iron’ plate was purchased by Barry Bull, the other ‘Littleton Colliery’ plate, donated by Keith Sargeant.

Chasewater Railway Museum – From loan to own

Chasewater Railway Museum

From loan to own

After a fair few years with the Museum on loan, our friend, known as ‘Meccano Joe’ has very kindly given these 3 large and some smaller items from his large collection to Chasewater Railway Museum.

They have always created great interest from kids young and not-so-young, and evoked many memories, as I’m sure they will for years to come.

These items, along with many more, were on show some years ago at Christmas in the Heritage Centre, where Santa used to reside.  (Picture below).

Many, many thanks Joe.

The models can be seen on this photo, with the never-to-be-forgotten talking robot, wired for sound, who talked to the children with no apparent human aid!  He got some amazing looks!

Chasewater Railway Museum – January 2020 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum 

January 2020 Newsletter

A busy December for the collection, 2 pages to read!

Contact: j.tisdale45@yahoo.com

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year