Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 63
RPS Newsletters No. 5 & 6, Nov 1973 – Feb 1974.
Work has been progressing steadily in this direction; our recently purchased lathe and shaping machine have now been installed in our small workshop at the top end of the compound. This project is in the capable hands of our Chairman and General Manager Derek Luker, plus the small band of usual hardworking engineering department staff.
Maryport & Carlisle Carriage
All worn and damaged panels have now been replaced, the panels primed and top coated in apple green paint to keep the vehicle watertight and dry. This project has been carried out by Andrew Louch. We must all agree, a job well done! I understand that Andrew hopes to refit the compartments as and when weather and time permits.
MS & LR Carriage, Neilson, Asbestos
All progressing slowly, the work being done mainly by: John Elsley, Albert Haywood and Nigel Hadlow – not to mention Keith Sergeant on the Neilson.From Mercian Dec 1970
Attendance at Chasewater
I am pleased to report that the member participation at Chasewater during the first month of the year has been good, let us hope the numbers continue to grow.
We are planning a ‘Big Tidy up Operation’ within the compound, in preparation for the coming season; we are making a special appeal to all members for help in this drive! We certainly must make the effort to get away from the ‘Scrap Yard’ image which prevails at present. This of course is due to attempting to get the proverbial ‘Quart into a Pint Pot’, plus general lack of thought by members in not creating a tidy atmosphere.
Excellent progress has been made; we now have a lathe, shaper and pillar drill installed and in working order!! This has been the result of the excellent team-work of Derek Luker (Chairman and General Manager), Laurence Hodgkinson (Treasurer) and Brian Hames (Committee Member). This is positive proof of what can be achieved in a few hours each weekend by a team who know what they are doing.
Diesel loco No.20
This locomotive is now fully operational, thanks again to team-work, led by Albert Haywood and including Nigel Canning, A Pearson and S. Foster. A really first-class effort!!
Rolling StockWork is still continuing on the MS&LR and the M & CR carriages. Barry Bull (Secretary) informs me that overtures have been made from the Stockton & Darlington Centenary committee for a loan of these vehicles, together with the Neilson 0-4-0ST locomotive for the Special Stockton & Darlington National Exhibition in 1975. From Mercian Jan 1971 Compiled by Dave Ives and printed and published by Laurence Hodgkinson.