West Cannock Colliery (Hednesford Coll.) Locomotives

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The first four of West Cannock’s series of five collieries were collectively known as Hednesford Colliery.

The first four were:  West Cannock No.1 Colliery,  West Cannock No.2 Colliery (First site),  West Cannock No.2 Colliery (Originally No.4),  and West Cannock No.3 Colliery.

Messenger 0-6-0ST  Manning Wardle  166/1865.  Bought from Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Co.  circa 1914.  Loaned to the War Department Cannock Chase Military Railway circa 1915, returned circa 1918 and scrapped in 1922.

05159 Stafford 0-6-0T Hudswell Clark 319-1889 West CannockStafford 0-6-0T Hudswell Clark  319/1889.  Bought from T.W.Wood, Dealer 1915.. Still at Hednesford 1957, since scrapped.

05190 Topham 0-6-0ST Bagnall 2193-1922 West Cannock Topham 0-6-0ST  W. Bagnall 2193/1922.  Acquired new.  Transferred to West Cannock 1955.  Still there 1957.

Update with thanks to Andrew Civil:

Topham was transferred to Foxfield Railway in 1973 and perfomed well there until 1987 where it went to the North Downs Railway and now resides in a thousand bits at the Spa valley Railway.Have tried to bring her home but no go yet.

We have a 4mm model of  ‘Topham’ in the museum, by Peter Stamper.2039

7 responses to “West Cannock Colliery (Hednesford Coll.) Locomotives

  1. Topham was transferred to Foxfield Railway in 1973 and perfomed well there until 1987 where it went to the North Downs Railway and now resides in a thousand bits at the Spa valley Railway.Have tried to bring her home but no go yet.

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  3. Goodday

    I’m new here and just wanted to drop by with a little “hello” message (sorry if I have posted in the wrong section!)

    My name is Courtney, mom to two lovely boys, and a parttime soccer coach!

    I’m here to sniff around and gather some information, so please welcome me :O)

    Have a great day!

  4. Hi
    I remember being taken to clean out the firebox on the STAFFORD
    locomotive before starting my electrical apprenticeship in 1959.
    It was I think near the bridge on Hightown /Stafford Lane.

    • Hi George,
      It’s nice to hear about old times and steam engines. I don’t know if you have read my latest post on Hednesford (on the home page go into the ‘select category’ section and click on ‘Hednesford’). It shows your bridge having been uncovered during roadworks at the Bridge crossroads. I think they have covered it up again now.
      All the best,
      John – cws.

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