Chasewater Railway Museum – More Colliery & Railway Checks

Chasewater Railway Museum

More Colliery & Railway Checks

 

The Earl of Dudley’s Railway check has been moved in the museum, and six more checks have been added to the display.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Hunslet Worksplate

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Hunslet Worksplate

3789-1953

Two locomotive worksplates comprising of a cast iron Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd, 7292 of 1953 and Hunslet 3789 of 1953 have come to Chasewater Railway Museum, along with the three nameplates.

The Hunslet was delivered to Chasetown numbered 3 and was a replacement for the aged fleet of Victorian locos, she later saw service at Cannock Wood and Granville where she met her end after a life of just 16 years.

H 3789-1953

Chasewater Railway Museum – RSH Worksplate

Chasewater Railway Museum

RSH Worksplate

7292-1953

Two locomotive worksplates comprising of a cast iron Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd, 7292 of 1953 and Hunslet 3789 of 1953 have come to Chasewater Railway Museum, along with the three nameplates already described.

Both locomotives were of the Austerity type, the RSH coming to Littleton Colliery from its previous owner the War Department, in May 1947, originally WD 71483 she became number 6 at Littleton being cut up there in Oct. 1970.

RSH 7292-1953

Chasewater Railway Museum – 2 new mining checks

Chasewater Railway Museum 

2 new mining checks

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The top one is from the Victoria Colliery of the NCB, and the second, a time check from Chislet Colliery – of a more unusual shape.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Museum Archive – An addition to our coal mining memorabilia

Chasewater Railway Museum

Museum Archive

Additions to our coal mining memorabilia
As you are no doubt aware, without the coal industry there would be no Chasewater Railway, as the original line was built for transporting coal, although passenger services were introduced from Brownhills to Aldridge via Walsall Wood. We are always glad to receive artefacts from the mining industry to display in the Museum.
Baths Invitation

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The latest of such items to come our way are an invitation to the opening of the Pithead Baths at Wyrley No. 3 Colliery, Great Wyrley, on August 14th, 1954, and The Bather’s Handbook.
These items came to the Museum from a former employee of the Colliery, his first job after National Service with the RAF.

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Bather’s Handbook and invitation to opening of pithead baths formerly belonged to Mr. Frank Tisdale.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Cannock Wood Paddy Train Starting Board

Chasewater Railway Museum –

Cannock Wood Paddy Train Starting Board

It’s a bit faded but well worth keeping – another item in the Chasewater Railway Museum.  From the platform at Cannock Wood.

Paddy train leavingIt says ‘The Paddy Leaves This Station at 4.30’

NCB 9The platform it departed  from.

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The original 3-coach Paddy – later it changed to 1 large coach.

Rails around Walsall - John Boyton -3

Getting off at the corner of Rugeley Road and Rawnsley Road, Bates’ Bridge is to the left of the photo.

Chasewater Railway Museum – a few old signs

Chasewater Railway Museum

A few warning signs from our collectioN

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

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Next is an LNWR cast iron notice

 

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

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A Midland Railway cast iron sign

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

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

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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.

 

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