Chasewater Railway Museum
August Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019
Pirates & Princesses
Don’t forget to pop into the Museum while you are here!!
Aldridge Library situated in Rookery Lane Aldridge, is currently displaying an exhibition of Railway Memorabilia courtesy of Chasewater Railway Museum. The display is housed in two glass cabinets.
To compliment the cabinet display is a screen presentation of the aspects of Chasewater Railway.
The display which was organised by Susan Satterthwaite (a volunteer at Chasewater Railway) will run until the end of May. The Library is open from Tuesdays until Saturdays, (closed Mondays & Sundays).
The artifacts displayed are just a selection of the many on display in the free to enter, Chasewater Railway Museum, which is situated at Brownhills West Station, and is open on train running days.
Why not visit and relive the past.
While perusing an old magazine, our curator cames across this article about a railwayman from Pelsall. We thought that it would be worth another airing.
On February 19 Ganger John Jones, Engineering Department, retired after 51 years’ service. He commenced as tool-boy in No.3 extra gang. After 11 years with the gang he was made sub-ganger, and three years later was promoted as ganger, which post he had filled on the Norton Branch, Pelsall, for 37 years. He had served under 10 inspectors.
Situated roughly half way between Pelsall and Brownhills stations and originally known as Ryders Hayes this Norton Junction in South Staffordshire was by far the largest of the many that carry the name on the British rail network. It became so large because of enormous production of coal from the mines at Norton Canes and Cannock Chase. Wagons were brought down to the marshalling yard at the junction on National Coal Board lines, with coal board locomotives, to be marshalled into trains of the right length to make their journeys onward on the national rail network.
Tha latest photograph that we have come across of Walsall Wood Station.
Not sure of the date but it was before 1964 as the Walsall Wood Colliery was still working, as can be seen by the smoking chimney in the background. This closed in that year.
The line contiued through Clayhanger to Brownhills West and into the Cannock Chase Coalfield – via, these days, Chasewater Railway.