Chasewater Railway Museum
Things that got away!
From time to time various people advise us of the latest offerings on ebay, mostly these are of little interest and on occasions of dubious authenticity, for example, the Hawthorn Leslie worksplate 2780 of 1909. Very odd this one as our loco ‘Asbestos’, resident at Chasewater since 1968, came with worksplates affixed, which are still retained on the loco.
However, we were alerted recently to an enamel wagon plate – ‘When empty return to Littleton Collieries Sidings Penkridge. LM&S Rly’. This would have been a nice addition to our collection of local artefacts, but, despite the best efforts of Rob Cadman, acting on our behalf, we were unlucky with a bidder being found at £150 but prepared to go much higher.
Following this disappointment we then heard of a member who spotted a rather nice Midland Railway, Walsall Wood to Walsall third class return ticket available on ebay. Tickets to or from Walsall Wood and Brownhills (Midland) are pretty scarce and this example realised £102, which I suspect rather surprised our man who had expressed interest in it on our behalf.
Our thanks go to Rob Cadman, Simon Swain and Kevin Pettifor for trying their best for the museum.
Walsall Wood opened 1st July 1884 and closed 31st March 1930, along with Brownhills (Midland), the latter having been renamed Brownhills Watling Street 2nd June 1924. So two items which we would have liked ‘got away’ – but we have photos.