Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 67
RPS Newsletters No. 14, 15 & 16 May – Oct 1975.
I am pleased to report a fair influx of new members these last couple of months, several of these members have already proved their worth and capabilities. I only wish that a few of our absent, long-standing members could pay a visit to the site now and again, I am sure that they would enjoy the odd weekend.
A very good effort has been done by our track laying gang, the bed has been levelled, sleepers and rail relaid almost to the underbridge. A splendid effort by the usual stalwarts!!
Maryport & Carlisle Carriage
Work is progressing slowly but surely towards the final repaint of this vehicle, this carriage is being shown at the Stockton & Darlington 150th Railway Anniversary Exhibition at Shildon, Co. Durham. It is going to be a race against time to finish it by the end of July!! A few more skilled painting volunteers would be very welcome. Messrs. Pomlett Sen & Jnr, I am pleased to report have answered the call, but further help would be very much appreciated.
Horizontal Single Cylinder Engine, Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology
This engine has been collected by the RPS and is now undergoing restoration on Chasewater site. Staffordshire Industrial Archaeological Society have promised help in this work. During this excursion the Midland Railway horsedrawn box van was loaned to Shugborough Museum. (It’s still there – Jan 2011).(Back home for a couple of years now – 2020)
The horse-drawn box van can just about be seen to our left of the building
Spring Bank Holiday – Sunday and Monday
Thanks must be expressed to all members running the trains over this period, the effort was quite fruitful. Thanks to Andrew Louch, Albert Haywood and helpers who prepared the site and erected the Birkenhead Railway Bookstall, this bookstall has great potential.
The bookstall is top left in the picture – above ‘BROW’ of Brownhills West
Thanks again to Mr. J.C.James for purchasing same. A large number of visitors also went round the compound. Many thanks to the stewards who held the fort in the TPO and LNWR brake.
LNWR, TPO & 60ft Brake
Urgent maintenance work is required on the roof of the TPO during the dry summer months. Volunteers please!! Rob Duffill has also made a start on the painting and restoration of the second half of the LNWR brake, he would appreciate help in this venture, also painting of the exterior of both vehicles.
Dave Ives. President & Editor.
We are still in the midst of this marvellous weather, what a glorious summer indeed. We have had a long run of steaming and train running these last two months, but takings, alack, have been sadly down on last year, also lack of members to run the trains, the task of running the trains has fallen yet again on the same old crew. May I appeal for members to get over to Chasewater and give a turn, we shall be running until October.
This month of course sees the 150th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, I expect and hope most members will attend. As most members are aware, we are exhibiting the Maryport & Carlisle carriage, also we are manning a sales stand. Barry Bull, our Hon. Sec. is in charge and would appreciate a little help, he will be on duty all week from 25th August to the 31st – a long stint. We shall appreciate a little help in this direction. We also look forward to a good attendance at the AGM in September, see separate notice from the Hon. Sec.
Andrew Louch has truly done a first class job getting this vehicle ready for the Anniversary. I am sure it is really credit due to him and his few helpers! All members will be sorry to learn that Andrew’s mother has broken her ankle, with an unfortunate accident at their home. All members, along with me, will I’m sure wish her well during what will be a drawn out recovery.
Work continues to progress on this engine. I understand that we should see her moving, possibly in service, before the season ends.
Pump Action Mechanical Trolley
Keith Sargeant has spotted and bought a trolley for the Society. We are however having a members’ whip round to offset the cost for Keith. The total amount being £30 + transport. £19 has been donated to date. Please don’t forget to add the odd £1 next time you renew your subscription. The trolley will be a valuable acquisition.
Dave Ives – President & Editor
Several events have now come and gone since the publication of the last Newsletter. The 150th Anniversary at Shildon was probably amongst the most memorable. The Cavalcade at the end of the week was to me the most memorable and unforgettable experience. A lot has already been said and reported on this subject, but I still have my personal experience, one that I would not have missed!! Our very sincere thanks to our Hon. Sec., his friend Ken, Adrian Pearson, Iain Patterson, Andrew and Richard Louch and Bob Ives, Mike Wood and Gerald Wildish for manning the RPS Stand at Shildon through a long and somewhat arduous week. I understand that a clear profit in the region of £350 was made. A truly excellent effort on the part of the above mentioned members.
My wife and I also had an invitation to attend the Official Opening of York Railway Museum by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. This again was quite an impressive ceremony, and of course yet again, a chance to meet several old friends and colleagues. I understand that a visit to York Railway Museum is being planned by one or two Chasewater members; it is certainly well worth a visit.
The meeting was quite well attended this year, the highlight event being after the meeting and members were able to participate in trips behind the Neilson down the line. I am sure that all members were thrilled to make this trip and sincere thanks to loco staff and operating staff for the wonderful effort put into getting this loco back in working order.
Maryport & Carlisle Carriage Exhibited at Shildon
We are all justifiably proud of the fact that this carriage was duly exhibited at Shildon. We must again thank Andrew Louch and his helpers for making this possible. We had the misfortune to have two door handles stolen by a ‘souvenir hunter’; these were replica handles but will cost the Society something like £10 to replace. We must all agree that this was a despicable act!!
Progress at Chasewater
The running season has now come to a close. Passenger receipts this year were a little down on last year, but this is to be expected with the expensive, inflationary times we live in.
Albert Haywood very successfully negotiated with the Council (Walsall) for the RPS to run and maintain the 7½” gauge railway in the park. This has been operated and run by our members during the closing weeks of the season. This should prove a very worth-while project, the Society receiving 50% of passenger receipts. Our very grateful thanks to Albert and his operating staff, Ted West and Colin Finch.
(I haven’t managed to get a photo of this yet – can anyone help, please?)
This arduous but necessary work continues, thanks to our general Manager Derek Luker and his gang of stalwarts.
The slotted signal at our original Brownhills West Station
Steve Organ (that’s the first time that I’ve seen that name mentioned!) has made good progress with the station platform, he intends to extend it to its full length during the winter season, weather permitting. The Cannock Wood Colliery signal has been installed, a start signal, this is all good progress, thanks to Steve and his helpers.
Cannock Forum Theatre RPS Exhibition
This exhibition was held again fro the third occasion and was a great success, financially and publicity wise. Our sincere thanks to Andrew Louch, the organiser, Barry Bull, our energetic Hon. Sec. and all other members who helped with this successful event, in particular to the non-stop catering team led by Rob Duffill. I understand that a profit of £125 was made.
Nigel and Helena Hadlow
Our very sincere congratulations to Nigel and his wife on their marriage in September. Nigel is one of our stalwart members, having served the Society for some 15 years. I am sure that all members will join in wishing them a long and happy marriage.
Eric Haswell. It is with sadness and regret that I write these lines. Eric died suddenly whilst on a visit to our old friend Teddy Boston at Cadeby Rectory on Tuesday 14th October. I am sure that all members will sadly miss that tall figure at the exhibition, with that wonderful talent for locomotive drawing. Thus passes another Gentleman.
After something like 30 years outside, the Maryport & Carlisle could do with another Andrew Louch!!