Sunday 2nd August

We had a good weekend and we seem to be training our people to bring biscuits!  We’ve had  a good few packets recently – mind you, we need them to keep up with Albert!!

The Heritage Centre is still tidy after Jason’s efforts of the previous week, but why on earth was the Land Rover parked just inside the door??

We had a good discussion involving ourselves and visitors about where the line connecting Walsall Wood Colliery to Norton Junction at Pelsall crossed the canal.  We found the crossing eventually after we had got home and searched old maps, Google earth and old books.

While searching for that crossing, another question arose – where did the Midland Railway cross the canal again?  It first crossed behind the Swan pub in Pelsall Road, Brownhills, but we couldn’t remember where it re-crossed, somewhere around Walsall Wood.  The answer was on the same map.

The map I found it on was the Old Ordnance Survey Map, the only reference I have is Sheet 62.  If anyone local to the railway should be interested, call in to the museum where we have a copy.

While we’re on the subject of the Midland Railway, the only picture I’ve got of a coal train on the line is the one printed here:Ron Astbury's GrandadThis photo shows the Grandfather of a friend of mine fishing on the Wyrley & Essington canal, and is looking away from Brownhills towards Pelsall.  In the background you can see a train crossing the canal bridge, the crossing previously referred to.  If anyone should have photos of  ‘our’ line in action, I would be very grateful for a copy.

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