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Chasewater Railway Museum – March 2016 Newsletter

Chasewater Railway Museum 

March 2016 Newsletter

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Chasewater Railway Museum – Accreditation 2016

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Accreditation 2016

Accreditation 2016

The Chasewater Railway Museum has maintained its status, first achieved in 2011, as a fully Accredited Museum, as awarded by Arts Council England.

The award of Full Accreditation is valid for approximately three years, at which point the museum will be invited to provide a return to demonstrate continuing compliance with the Accreditation Standard.

Thanks and congratulations to all who have helped maintain this standard during the past few years, and the museum looks forward to this support continuing in the future.

Our thanks also to our visitors – our efforts would be rather pointless without you.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Help needed.

Chasewater Railway Museum

Help needed.


Recently donated to the museum by Alan Sherry was a collection of cine-films and colour slides. We have had one of the films copied onto DVD by Final Cut Video Editing and Photos, based in Burntwood. This film was taken in the mid-1960s depicts trains, boats and planes in and around the Isle of Man.
We could do with a cheap or preferably free 8mm projector (any make) in order to check the films before spending further money on copying what may turn out to be film of the family holiday variety.

If you can help, please contact Barry on:  07748130215

Chasewater Railway Museum – Another visiting Loco – Port Talbot 0-6-0ST No. 26 (GWR 813)

Chasewater Railway Museum 

Another visiting Loco

Port Talbot 0-6-0ST No. 26 (GWR 813)


Photo – Elja Trum

This locomotive is a six-coupled 0-6-0ST Saddle Tank No.813 under the Great Western Railway numbering system but was built for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks in 1901. The Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company was formed in 1894 to work the docks of the town. The Railway opened several branches especially those to the Llynfi & Garw valleys. This attracted a heavy coal traffic, which was dealt with at Duffryn Yard.
In 1901 the PTR ordered a number of small 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotives (six in all) from Hudswell Clark of Leeds & was given the works No. 555/01 & on delivery it became PTR No.26. In this guise it was put to work in Duffryn Yard & served in this capacity until 1908 when the PTR was absorbed into the GWR system. However, no changes were made to the loco at this time until the grouping which brought changes to No.26 in that it was first Westernised & given the GWR number 813.
The GWR decided later however that the older absorbed locos should be sold off out of service & No.813 fund itself on that list in 1934. It was sold to a Backworth Colliery, Northumberland where it was again renumbered as No.12 & remained there for the next 33 years. The No.12 did not stay for long though, as when the colliery was absorbed in to the National Coal Board when it was formed in 1947 it became NCB No.11
In 1950 it was fitted with a new boiler & firebox. However the original GWR boiler fittings were retained. As steam working was nearly at an end hastened by the closing of collieries, older locos were withdrawn in the late 1950’s & early 60’s with 813 lasting until the summer of 1967.
The loco was duly discovered by Mr. Paddy Goss & attempts to preserve it were ultimately successful for he was able, after a great struggle to raise funds as is ever the case in the preservation scene, to purchase the loco. The loco arrived at the Severn Valley Railway in November 1967 with sufficient finance available to pay for the removal charges. Since then much loving care & a great deal of money has been spent keeping 813 in its present condition.



Chasewater Railway Museum – More Colliery & Railway Checks

Chasewater Railway Museum

More Colliery & Railway Checks


The Earl of Dudley’s Railway check has been moved in the museum, and six more checks have been added to the display.

Chasewater Railway Museum – Our small brick collection.

Chasewater Railway Museum

Our small brick collection.

CW 26

The Chasewater Railway runs on all that is left of a comprehensive railway system serving the local collieries.

In Chasewater Railway Museum we have a small collection of bricks from local brickyards.

The railway existed to carry coal from the local pits to the canals or to main line sidings. A number of these local pits had their own brickworks, and bricks from these yards are those which we like to collect, although we do have some bricks from further afield.

The final photographs for this batch are 2 from the Cannock Chase Colliery Co. Ltd.  This Company produced bricks in 3 patterns,  CCCC  CCC Co and CCC  As you can see, we have 2 of them but if anyone has need of a home for a CCC brick we would be very grateful. (Or any other local bricks, please)  The museum is open each Sunday.




Chasewater Railway Museum – A photo of a Tackeroo Military Railway loco & Brocton Camp Power Station, plus the loco’s history.

Chasewater Railway Museum

A photo of a Tackeroo Military Railway loco & Brocton Camp Power Station, plus the loco’s history.

Brocton Camp Railway Traffic Office Dave Bevington

The photo was sent to me by Dave Bevington, with the following information:
‘I have come across a Great War photo at Brocton of the power station and Brocton railway traffic office (a small shed). In the foreground is a small loco Grassholme which is mentioned on your blog
I got it from NZ so it must have been a photo card owned by a Kiwi based there.’


Manning Wardle Class L 0-6-0ST 1513-1901

New 6-9-1901 to the firm of contractors, Walter Scott & Middleton.
The contractors had work around 1901-2 for the Derwent Valley Water Board on a line Banford to Ashopton, Derbyshire, also for the Midland Railway on widening the New Mills to Chinley section, also in Derbyshire. Another job was at Pallion, in the Sunderland area.
It seems probable that the loco took its name from Grassholme in County Durham.
The contractors known to have worked on the Cannock Chase Military Railway and Brocton Camp were the firm of Baldry, Yerburgh and Hutchinson, but there is no 1513 in the list, although their loco No.4 is listed as No.1531 !
Grassholme was at Brocton during the period 1915 – 1919.
For more information about the railway, go to:




cannock-chase-great-war-trail Map

More about the loco

The original owners sold the loco to Thomas Summerson & Sons Ltd., Albert Hill Foundry, Darlington and it was seen at Crewe Works in June 1919 as war surplus before sale to Vivian & Sons, and then to one of Vivian’s Collieries – Mynyyd Newydd, Swansea.
The Colliery was sold in 1926 and the loco remained with the new owners. The Industrial Railway Society West Glamorgan book gives the loco as ‘disposal unknown’ after March 1932. The pit closed in November 1932. It re-opened in 1935, finally closing in 1955.
Thanks to Barry Bull, Pete Stamper and the IRS for the information and to Dave Bevington for the photograph.

Cannock Chase (Tackeroo) Railway in brief

This railway was constructed during 1915 to serve the Brocton and Rugeley Military camps located on Cannock Chase.  One line was constructed during the spring of 1915 from the LNWR Cannock to Rugeley line near West Cannock No.5 Colliery across the Chase to the Rugeley Camp.  Between January and April a second railway was made from the LNWR Trent Valley line at Milford to the Brocton Camp, and by mid 1915 the lines had been joined.  In addition to army and prisoner of war camps this railway system served Central Stores Depots at Brocton Camp.  The locomotive shed was also located at Brocton Camp. After the war the camps and railway were dismantled and locomotives disposed of.

Chasewater Railway Museum – You’ve had the model locos, now for some wagons! In local liveries!

Chasewater Railway Museum 

You’ve had the model locos, now for some wagons!  In local liveries!

883 CCCC

These wagons are kit-built 00 gauge models, hand-painted in Cannock Chase District locality liveries.  Propriety models are available in some local liveries.



Chasewater Railway Museum – Another visiting loco pics & video clip – Wemyss No.15

Chasewater Railway Museum

Another visiting loco pics & video clip

2008 – Wemyss No.15

Wemyss No.15 at CWHWemyss No.15 at Chasetown (Church Street)


Wemyss No.15


Hunslet Austerity, a powerful 0-6-0 saddle tank built to a wartime austerity design that latterly saw service as No. 15 on the industrial Wemyss Private Railway in Fife, Scotland

No. 15 is a Hunslet-designed Austerity 0-6-0ST, one of 13 subcontracted to Andrew Barclay. One of only three of the Andrew Barclay-built examples to survive.

This loco came to Chasewater for the February Gala 2008.
The Wemyss Private Railway was a network of lines, sometimes known as the Wemyss Estate Railway. The lines were a group of mineral and other railways in Fife, Scotland, mainly on the land of the Wemyss family. They were built to connect coal pits to harbours and the railway network, for the use of tenants of the Estate. The Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway was built at the expense of the Wemyss Estate and carried passengers; it was later sold to the North British Railway.

When numerous collieries needed a railway connection the Wemyss Estate built a connecting line to Methil Harbour and improved the harbour itself. The local network became known as The Wemyss Private Railway and the Estate’s interest was transferred to the Wemyss Coal Company. These terms have been used interchangeably by authors.

The collieries were nationalised in 1947 and the sidings connections at the pits followed; the main line railways of Great Britain were nationalised in 1948, but the central section, now known as the Wemyss Private Railway remained in private hands. However the mineral activity in East Fife declined and in 1970 the Wemyss Private Railway closed down.

Wemyss No.15 Lined Phil TrotterWhen the loco visited Chasewater Railway, sadly she wasn’t lined out, but in this photo by Phil Trotter, she can be seen in all her glory!

Chasewater Railway Museum – Photos of a visiting loco, 2004 – Beattie Well Tank 30587

Chasewater Railway Museum

Photos of a visiting loco,2004

Beattie Well Tank 30587

Photo - M.Denholm

Photo – M.Denholm

Looking through some more old photos, I came across some taken of locomotives visiting Chasewater Railway, so I thought that I would post a few over the next few weeks, starting with the Beattie Well Tank 30587.

Chasewater Railway was proud to feature this locomotive at our Spring Gala, 2004.

Built between 1872 1nd 1876, this loco was one of a class of 85 produced to a design by James Hamilton Beattie, the mechanical engineer of the London and South Western Railway from 1st July 1850, who was succeeded in the same position from 23rd November 1871 by his son William George Beattie.

Based on the three locomotives of the ‘Nile’ class built in 1859, but with many improvements, they were designed in consultation with Charles Beyer, of Beyer Peacock Co. and manufactured at their works at Gorton, Manchester – becoming known as Standard Well Tank engines.

The National Railway Museum selected 30587 for preservation after being finally withdrawn from service in December 1962, after 88 years of service. The engine was ultimately transferred, on loan, to the Dart Valley Railway at Buckfastleigh numbered 3298 on 22nd April 1978 and remained there as a static exhibit until 2nd December 2001 when it was taken to the Flour Mill Workshops in the Forest of Dean for restoration to full working order, before returning’home’ to Bodmin numbered 30587 on 12th November 2002.

30585-30587Two of the then three remaining Beattie 2-4-0 Well-tank engines, used on the Wenford Bridge line until 1962, on an RCTS railtour shunting at Hampton Court station in December 1962. The engines were 30585 and 30587 – G.D.King.

30587 CWH At the causeway Bridge, Lakeside Chasewater Beattie Well Tank pic-back-cover pic-beattie-well-tank-1