196 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News – Winter 1996 – Part 1
From the Editorial
In putting the Winter edition of the Chasewater News together I am wondering where to start this Editorial. As this is the anniversary of my first full year as Editor of our members’ mag I have seen the number of articles which have been submitted grow along with the distribution of the Chasewater News. To the members who have contributed articles not yet published I would like to say a big thank you for your efforts, and that I still have them ready to put into the magazine. To all the members who have old memories of the Railway in its formative years and who have thought about putting pen to paper, please do so. Part of the Editor’s role is to take submitted articles in whatever form that they arrive in and see that they are in a presentable form for publication, and as you have probably seen in the odd edition that even with a spell-checker I have still dropped the odd clanger or two when it comes to spelling.
On membership matters we now have a total of 305 members with a newsletter distribution of over 150 copies to individual households. This must be the highest number that we have had for many a year. I would like to welcome all new members who have joined since the last newsletter and hope that you will enjoy being a member of the Railway. I am looking forward to our newsletter reaching the 250 distribution mark. As the readership increases I can start to look at the possibility of things such as colour front covers and possibly some colour prints inside the magazine instead of the current black on white format. This of course is only possible as the quantity published grows and the scales of quantity come into effect.
The past years have seen a major turn around in the fortunes of the Chasewater Railway, from languishing in the doldrums for a number of years in the late 70s and early 80s we now have a railway which gives pleasure to hundreds of visitors every years. Many comments have been passed by the visiting public on ‘how friendly the people are at Chasewater’, and ‘how it reminds tem of railway preservation in the old days’. This I feel is due to the positive efforts of all the working members and also the membership at large who have helped to push the message that the Railway is alive and well and growing!
In looking forward to 1997 we have put in place possibly our most ambitious programme of steaming days yet. With more work being carried out on the restoration of the locomotives, both steam and diesel, the Railway can look forward to being able to run different locomotives throughout the running season, and let Asbestos have a well earned rest for maintenance and repairs. Chris Chivers.
With the completion of the shed heating it is hoped that life will be much easier for the locomotive volunteers, and there are mutterings from Andy Mould that the forge will finally be put back into working order. Personally I think he’s just looking for somewhere to cook his bacon and keep his tea hot! Also during the recent shunt round, the North Eastern brake is now residing in the shed road and has been dubiously named the ‘917 and Neilson support coach’ and during the recent bad weather it has seen rather more bodies using it for a mobile rest-room than usual!
No.4 Asbestos – Still the mainstay of the Railway for steam haulage and at the moment only requires the usual maintenance necessary for any steam locomotive. She is expected to be in traffic during the Santa Specials.
No.5 Sentinel – With the arrival of the replacement links the repairs to the chain are well under way, and it is hoped to have Sentinel steam tested before Christmas.
No.11 Alfred Paget – The restoration of this engine continues at a pace. The ¾” steel plate for the repairs to the front steam chest and boiler saddle has been acquired and cut to the required profile. The broken pieces of the steam chest have been removed and sections have been cut away ready for the welding in of the new sections. The boiler has been fully painted in primer and all the protruding studs on the firebox have either been removed awaiting replacements, or have been given a thick coat of grease as a rust preventative measure. The locomotive is due to be moved into the shed before Christmas so that work can continue under cover over the winter months. Further fund raising is being actively pursued by Janet Whittaker as the members on site can testify; ‘I’ve even been ‘mugged’ myself by the lady in question!
S100 – The work continues at a steady pace with new pins for the brake hanger assemblies being manufactured on-site. The wheels should be back under the frames in their correct order before Christmas so that space can be made for the Neilson.
L&Y No.1 – Nearly all the new bearings for the gear box have now been acquired and the magneto and carburettor are nearing completion ready to be mounted on the engine. The main body has been partially stripped down to be needle gunned and primed n red oxide. The brake assembly and sand boxes have been moved to the shed to receive attention during the winter. Once the engine is completed it is the intention to mount it in No.21 for a period of test running.
No.21 – An attempt to start the engine running on No.21 was made during the autumn without success. There are still some problems with the cylinder heads and it seems that two new head gaskets will have to be found, as well as having the heads trimmed. It is a possibility that the 4J0 engine nearing completion at Dormans will be brought to Chasewater for testing in No.21; this has still to be confirmed.
DMU Set – The DMU set has been partially painted in BR green and this is expected to be completed as soon as the weather improves. The Company’s power car received a donation of £380 from the will of the late Geoff Young, with many thanks to his widow Brenda.
Carriage & Wagon Notes
It has been some time since I have done anything from the carriage and wagon front for the Chasewater News, so here is a brief report on the ongoing restoration projects in hand at the present time.
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Coach – The restoration of this coach is still ongoing. Work is now being done on the underside of the frames with cleaning and painting taking place. A broken panel on the guard’s door and two broken drop windows and frames have been replaced. These were caused by vandals at various times during the autumn. Due to the relatively minor damage caused we have still been able to concentrate on the braking gear and continued applying several coats of paint to the body as and when the weather has permitted.
Midland Brake Van – Work has re-started on this vehicle with the replacement of the missing roof boards. This was followed up by the roof being re-covered to keep out the worst of the weather. The missing end panels were replaced, along with some of the side panels being cleaned and undercoated. The membership had a whip-round and £66 was raised towards the cost of the roofing for this vehicle, with the balance of the expenditure, £39.75, being made up by the Company. The cost was as follows: Roof felt – £73.32, Screws – £6.96, Paint – £19.47. With many thanks to all who donated.