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Chasewater Railway Museum Bits and Pieces 2

Chasewater Railway Museum

Bits and Pieces 2

These posts are taken from old publications, newssheets and magazines produced by the Railway Preservation Society (West Midlands Division). Chasewater Light Railway Society and Chasewater Light Railway and Museum.

Another couple of bits and pieces from the Railway Forum – Winter 1965.  The first is a display of name and number plates, loaned by one of the members, and laid out in the Royal Saloon – which left Hednesford  in  1970 for the British Railways carriage works at Derby for restoration and then on to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley.

Midlands RPS Open Day display

An interesting display of locomotive nameplates and numbers was arranged in the Royal Saloon for inspection by visitors at the Midlands R.P.S. Open Day.

New locomotives preserved in Midlands

Members of the Midlands area, R.P.S. expect to take delivery of another locomotive later this year which has been acquired through the generosity of one of their members, Dr. P.G. Plummer, who has offered to purchase it for them.

The locomotive is a Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0ST built for the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Company in 1895 (Works No. 431).  It was transferred to its present location, Desborough Warren Quarry, Northamptonshire, in March 1951 and was due for withdrawal in July.  It is believed to be the oldest Hudswell-Clarke locomotive still in working order and once carried the number 15.  Now it has no number or name, although known as “Sheepbridge No.25”.

Painted in apple green it should be a valuable addition to stock already acquired, and will be of considerable use at the Chasewater branch line which has been leased by this group.

Two other locomotives have also been donated by the Whitecross Co. of Warrington.  They are Peckett 0-4-0STs of 1900 and 1904 vintage.  They were withdrawn from service by the Company in 1961, being replaced by two Fowler diesel locomotives.  They carried names up to withdrawal, the older being “Baden Powell” and the younger “Lancet” the nameplates of the latter being transferred to the Diesel No.1, and those of the former being acquired by local enthusiasts.  Only “Lancet” will be able to run again.  It is hoped to exhibit “Baden Powell” statically.

The second is about new locomotives coming to Chasewater.  Sadly the Hudswell Clarke, although we still have the loco, has never steamed here. The two Pecketts fared even worse.  The ‘Lance’ (not Lancet) 1038/1906 was scrapped in March 1972, and another Peckett – 1823/1931 was also scrapped at the same time.  The Loco ‘Baden Powell’ was in too bad a condition to be moved.  The other loco was an 0-4-0F a fireless Andrew Barclay locomotive 1562/1917 – scrapped in March 1973.
The articles were writtten in 1965, the photos taken in 1969.

Chasewater Railway Museum Newsletter, April 2018

Chasewater Railway Museum

Newsletter, April 2018

Chasewater Railway Museum – Newsletter, February and March 2018

Chasewater Railway Museum

Newsletter, February and March 2018


Chasewater Railway Museum – A newly published book – Royal Arsenal Railways

Chasewater Railway Museum

A newly published book

Royal Arsenal Railways

Main cover photo from the Chasewater Railway Museum collection.

Royal Arsenal Book

The Royal Arsenal Railways

The Rise and Fall of a Military Railway Network


Mark Smithers

The main cover illustration of the recently published book from ‘Pen and Sword’ on the Royal Arsenal Railways depicts the 1917-built Peckett 0-4-0ST locomotive works number 1491, named ‘Vanguard’.  At first thought this might seem an odd choice to show, but it must, of course, be realised that photographs at this important military establishment during its period of operation are not easy to source.

The reason, however, for going back to the original thought of it being an odd choice is that ‘Vanguard’ with its crew stands in front of coaches of the Brereton ‘Paddy Train’ having been disposed of a mere three years after arrival at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.  Following its sale to Brereton Collieries, ‘Vanguard’ soldiered on and indeed hauled the final train of coal from the pit on 1st July 1960.  Moving via Cannock Wood Colliery to Hamstead Colliery, ‘Vanguard’ finally went to the scrapyard during November 1962.

Page 145 in the book shows the same photograph as on the cover, credited to the Chasewater Railway Museum, the caption suggests that the view is towards the end of the life of ‘Vanguard’, however, it is more likely that the photo dates from the 1930s.

The Author, Mark Smithers, has produced a fine work, well-illustrated, on the railways of an establishment that contributed a great deal during both World Wars until finally run down and closed in 1967.

‘Pen and Sword’ website:  http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Barry Bull

3 Photos – New to us

Chasewater Railway Museum

3 Photos – New to us

3 photographs came into the museum over the weekend, I think from the bric-a-brac on Brownhills West Station.

Hanbury in the snow

The first one is the Peckett loco ‘Hanbury’  of the West Cannock No. 5 Colliery,  No.587 of 1894, looking cool!

Wimblebury Rawnsley Road

Next is the Hunslet, ‘Wimblebury’ pictured on the Rawnsley Road on the way to Cannock Wood.  No.3839 of 1956.  Note the ‘frog-eye’ Austin Healey Sprite coming through on the inside!

Wimblebury smoke

Finally, another study of ‘Wimblebury’ – hope nobody’s got their washing out!

Chasewater Bits & Pieces – Also included in other reports 1968 Vol.1 No.3. 42.2 The complete Stocklist

Chasewater Bits & Pieces

Also included in other reports 1968 Vol.1 No.3. 42.2

The complete Stocklist

Peckett Lance from WarringtonPeckett – 1823/1931

Stocklist 1968 1Stocklist 1968 2Peckett - Ian Smith SheffieldPeckett – Lance No. 1038/19096