166 – ChasewaterRailwayMuseum Bits & Pieces
From A New Year’s Message from the Chairman
Without doubt, 1993 was a most interesting year for everyone associated with the CLR.
Obviously, the work on the ‘extension’ represents the most tangible of our successes in 1993, culminating in the decision of the Railway Inspector, Mr. Colin Law, to pass this further stretch of line in time for the Transport Rally in October. Immediately, our running line increased by over 50% in length, enabling us to market the CLR as a real railway with a real product on offer. With eminent guests from Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council in attendance, after a very short, informal, ‘Opening Ceremony’, the Lichfield DC Vice Chairman Councillor Mrs. E.J.Bayliss waved off the 12 noon departure. This, as with most trains that day, was virtually full, with passengers having some little difficulty in finding seats of their choice.Photo: DMB
Councillor Mrs. Bayliss subsequently wrote a most charming letter to me, and I think it is appropriate to reproduce her letter in full –
“13th October 1993
Dear Mr. Bathurst,
Thank you very much for a lovely day at the Chasewater Light Railway and Museum Company’s Annual Transport and Machinery Rally and for the privilege of officially opening the new stretch of railway line. My husband and I found the Rally in Chasewater Park most enjoyable and interesting and we wish you well for the future.
The District Council looks forward to working with you further in the future when the whole of Chasewater comes within the boundaries of this Authority.
Vice Chairman of Council.”
I hardly need to comment on how important it is for the CLR to enter into a good dialogue with both the elected members and officers of Lichfield DC, whose respect for the CLR will, for certain, be influenced by the professionalism with which we maintain our operations.