Daily Archives: November 2, 2010

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 56

Bits & Pieces 56, September 1970

Following on from Bits & Pieces No.53 of March 1970

Chasewater Light Railway Company Limited

It will be recalled that in the March issue of ‘Mercian’ mention was made of the proposed formation of the Company to be known as Chasewater Light Railway Company Limited to develop and operate the line running through Chasewater Park, Brownhills, Staffs.

The registration formalities in this connection are now completed and the Company was officially incorporated on the 5th of March, 1970.

The subscription list is open and copies of the Prospectus and Forms of Application for shares can be obtained from the Registered Office of the Company.

Full details will be gladly made available upon application to the Registered Office of the Company, your enquiries will be welcomed and if you have any friends who may be interested and do not know the existence of the Company and would like information please ask them to get in touch or you can send us their names and addresses and we will do the rest.

Why not take this opportunity to acquire a stake in a real live railway?

The line is and will be one of the few standard gauge lines still operating in this country which does not belong to a nationalised industry.

The basic essentials are there and the route takes in part of the former Cannock Chase & Wolverhampton and Midland Railways, both of which formed parts of the historic lines in the area, the former being a pioneer in this field.  With your help and participation there is no reason why it should not be restored to its original glory and become a worthwhile and viable project.

Chas. E. Ives – Director.

Pwllyrhebog Incline

A dog-walking friend told me about this line, which he could see from his house when he was a lad. (From the ‘Rhondda Leader’ 2000)

The rope-worked 1 in 13 Pwllyrhebog Incline on the former Taff Vale Railway branch from Tonypandy to the Clydach Vale Colliery in the Rhondda Valley was three-quarters of a mile in length and was operated by a stationary engine which drove two inter-geared drums, so that a descending train counterbalanced an ascending one. A design feature of these locomotives was a coned boiler which prevented the water level falling below the top of the firebox whilst on the gradient.