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Chasewater Railway Museum – Some very local Midland Railway mineral invoices

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Some Midland Railway mineral invoices

Some of these passed through the site of the Chasewater Railway’s Brownhills West Station, and others started at Walsall Wood.

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The Midland Railway Walsall Wood Extension Railway

In 1880 the Midland Railway gained permission to build their long-awaited foothold into the Cannock Chase coalfield.  The Walsall Wood Extension Railway would enable them to link their line from Aldridge with the Cannock Chase & Wolverhampton Railway near Chasewater.

The line opened in 1882 to bring coal out of the pits, but two years later, was also opened to passenger traffic as far as the Brownhills Midland Railway Station, between the Chester Road and the A5.  The passenger service was not a great success and was closed in 1930.

The Midland Railway continued as a mineral only line until September 1960 when, following the demise of the coalfield, it was closed.

The Brownhills West Station and the first half-mile or so of the track of the Chasewater Railway is on the former Midland Railway line.



Chasewater Railway Museum – Train staff from Walsall Wood


Train Staff from Walsall Wood

2009_08300002This is the staff which was used on the single track from Walsall Wood Colliery to Norton Junction on the LNWR at Pelsall.  Until the staff was given to the Museum, I must confess that I didn’t know that there was such a line.Walsall Wood to NortonThere it is – just below the word ‘Clayhanger’

The staff was donated to the Museum by Mr. Trevor Astbury and his son Tom.

For anyone who knew Brownhills some 50-odd years ago, there was a seed shop in the High Street called Cockram’s.  Mr. and Mrs. Cockram worked in the shop with an assistant by the name of Sid Pritchard.  (Anyone who does remember the shop must surely remember the warm, sweet smell of the seed in the sacks, and if you were a child, the feeling of running your hands through the seed – that shop will never be forgotten by anyone whoever paid a visit.)

Back to Sid – he had a brother who worked at Walsall Wood Colliery and when it closed, somehow or other, he kept the staff.  Sid was later given the staff, and later still, passed it on to his next door neighbour.  This was Trevor.  Trevor’s brother lives in Hednesford and is a good friend of mine, and he knows that I am a volunteer in the museum.  Ron, my friend, mentioned this to his brother and eventually he donated the staff to the Chasewater Railway Museum.  It is one of the few remaining items of railway equipment used on the local mineral lines.

The staff is marked on all four sides.  ‘Walsall Wood Colliery’  ‘Canal Bridge’ ‘Train Staff’ and ‘Norton Junction’.





A few new items in the museum, bought, donated and loaned!

Chasewater Railway Museum

A few new items in the museum, bought, donated and loaned!

DSCF9203First up, a fairly local wagom owner’s plate, from Florence Coal & Iron Co.Ltd. of Trentham. This is a recent purchase.


Next, two local  bricks to add to our collection – one from Walsall Wood Colliery and one from the Cannock Chase Colliery Co. I think I am right in saying that the Cannock Chase bricks came in three markings – CCC, CCCC and our latest – CCCCo. We have  a four Cs one and now a three Cs and Co – now we would like a three Cs one, so if anyone has one in the shed or somewhere, we can find a good home for it!

DSCF9229These two bricks were generously donated to us by our friends, the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group

Whistle croppedThis loco whistle is on loan from a member who is thinkning of buying an engine.  The engine he is thinking of hasn’t got a whistle at the moment so this will be a start!  It will also give our curator something to polish other than windows!!

It will be in the museum until needed to be fitted on the loco.