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Chasewater Railway Museum – Photo info please?

Chasewater Railway Museum

Photo info please?

This is a photo in our collection but we don’t know anything about it except what it says underneath.  Does anyone have any idea where on the Chase this 2 ft. gauge railway was?  Or the identity of Colonel Wilson?

When the ground was being prepared for the Chasewater Heaths Station, rails of different gauges were uncovered, but we don’t know any more than that.

Latest information, from Phillip Halfpenny: It’s a Manning Wardle,  No. 1371/1897.  At Great Wyrley Colliery, rebuilt in 1911, scrapped in 1944.  Thanks to Phillip.

Cannock Chase c1902 Col Wilson

Chasewater Railway Museum – an interesting letter.

Chasewater Railway Museum – an interesting letter.


The Chasewater Railway Museum has been given a letter dated 1957 from the Cannock & Rugeley Collieries in reply to Mr. H.C.Casserley’s request for permission to visit the Colliery for photographing the locos, etc.
Mr. Casserley was a very highly regarded railway photographer who had many books published.

The letter was kindly donated to the Museum by Mr. Debens.

B15 Birch C & R 6-5-1946 H.C.Casserley
This was not to be his first visit to the Colliery as we have in our collection a photo taken by Mr. Casserley of the CRC loco ‘Birch’ dated 1946!

The coal industry was nationalised in 1947.