172 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News Autumn 1994 – Part 1
Permanent Way News
The second and final batch of track has now arrived from Four Ashes and is being put to good use by the Permanent Way Gang. The works train has had to spend every Sunday ‘out of section’ at the end of the causeway just to make enough room for passenger trains, as with the amount of rolling stock now on site there is insufficient siding space at Brownhills West. The track gang have put this situation to good use, and at the present rate of progress track will be in front of the platform at Norton Lakeside well before the end of this year.
In order to quantify the progress already made, and to assist with the planning of the future extension of the line, David Bathurst has produced the chart below showing distances between various points on the railway.
All distances were measured by pushing a pedometer along the head of the rail, and sleeper ends were marked with yellow paint at 100 metre intervals. The ‘Zero Point’ was chosen as the gate post at the end of the loco shed yard, as after the motorway is built it is likely to be the closest surviving landmark to Brownhills West station. When the time comes, new measurements can be made into the replacement station from the same spot.
The chart shows that we are currently running passenger trains over a distance of about a mile to the present running line limit almost half-way across the causeway. When we ultimately reach Anglesey Wharf the total distance (estimated over the final section) will be around 2¾ miles, assuming that nothing is lost or added by the repositioning of Brownhills West Station (nice dream, but that’s all!).