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247 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Summer 2002 – 1 Editorial

247 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Summer 2002 – 1

Editorial

Front coverEditorialBack coverIn recent years, Helen has been largely responsible for the organisation of the Chasewater Park Transport Show.

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246 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Summer & Autumn 2001. 6 – Diesel Notes & P.Way

246 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Summer & Autumn 2001. 6 –

Diesel Notes & P.Way

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The Parry People Mover (PPM) at Chasewater.

From the Wensleydale Connection

A special issue of Parry News published by JPM Parry & Associates Ltd

September 2005

First Parry People Carrier at Chasewater.The first Parry People Mover at Chasewater Railway – Pic – oakparkrunner

 IN JULY 2003, the PPM 50 railcar needed to be moved at very short notice (just one day) from the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire, when vandals from the local estates who had been regularly trashing the exteriors of carriages had also, to our misfortune, discovered the Parry vehicle.

There can be few organisations as responsive as the Chasewater Railway in the West Midlands and on hearing of PPM’s predicament the General Manager, Steve Organ, made immediate arrangements to receive the vehicle and put it inside the headquarters compound at Brownhills West station. What was intended to be a brief stop-over then turned into two years of activities, all of which have been entirely beneficial to the company’s programme.

The Chasewater Railway’s two mile long line has been ideal for driver training, vehicle shakedown and demonstrations for visitors. Many distinguished people from far and wide – including Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Malaysia – have ridden on the PPM 50 railcar during its stay, as well as a galaxy of senior figures from Britain’s transport industry.

And what next?

The convenience of the location and the facilities offered by the railway, within 20 miles of Parry Associates’ base, and the flexible and co-operative attitude of the Chasewater Railway managers has made this an ideal resource for an R&D partnership.

The next big project for PPM is the development of the bogie-mounted passenger vehicle, particularly with reference to potential future needs of community railways. This work will need facilities for the development running of test beds and complete vehicles. One way to accommodate a need of the Chasewater Railway itself is for a special ‘Permanent Way Vehicle’, in effect a crew cab pick up truck on rails, which PPM may be able to  create using the existing technology. The amicable, informal partnership between the Parry companies and the Chasewater Railway has opened many possibilities to develop the important new sector of lightweight rolling stock for community railways and the export market. For the future there is even the prospect for the Chasewater Railway and PPM to join forces with local interest in promoting and executing the vision of a railway-reopening project – the former line from Brownhills to Walsall.

2008_0730PPMDeerKedlestone0001The newer, enlarged version.

A Parry People Movers railcar is in daily service on the StourbridgeTown branch in the West Midlands. The fleet of two PPM 60s, or Class 139s as they have been designated, run as part of the London Midland franchise. Timetable and ticketing information can be found at www.londonmidland.com, simply type in ‘Stourbridge Junction’ and ‘StourbridgeTown’ as start point and destination. Stourbridge Junction station is served by frequent local trains operated by London Midland, and trains from London Marylebone operated by Chiltern Railways.

Return tickets, for a modest fare, can be purchased at either station for a return trip on the line. If you intend to travel to Stourbridge Junction by rail, make sure that your ticket has ‘StourbridgeTown’ as its destination rather than ‘Stourbridge Junction’. This will allow you to travel on the shuttle service when you arrive.

Services are frequent – running every ten minutes in each direction from early morning until late at night Monday to Saturday (and slightly less frequently between 10am and 8pm on Sundays) – so you will not have to wait long for the next Class 139 departure.

244 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Summer & Autumn 2001 4 – Blast from the Past

244 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Summer & Autumn 2001 4 –

Blast from the Past

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Chasewater Park News – Bumper bloom of wildflowers at Chasewater

Chasewater Park News

Bumper bloom of wildflowers at Chasewater

July 2013

Published on Friday, 28th June 2013

Wildflowers thrive at Chasewater Country Park, thanks to grazing cattle.

Lichfield District Council has noticed that, since cattle have been grazing on the land, even more wildflowers are growing across Chasewater Country Park.

Cattle have been grazing on the Site of Special Scientific Interest each summer and autumn since 2007 to keep the precious heathland habitat under control. This means the council does not need to manually remove scrub, as cattle do the job naturally.

In turn, the gentle grazing of the land has meant that wildflower numbers are starting to increase, which is good news for biodiversity as the flowers encourage more animals to the site.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Our countryside team has been working hard to bring back grazing to Chasewater Country Park, and after successfully introducing cattle to the park some years ago, we’re all delighted that wildflowers are now thriving, including the rare Round-leaved Wintergreen.

“As the summer progresses, the number of wildflowers will only increase, which should make for even more beautiful views at Chasewater.”

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243 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Summer& Autumn 2001 – From the Booking Office

243 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Summer& Autumn 2001 – From the Booking Office

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Chasewater Wetland Walk

Chasewater Wetland Walk

Lichfield District Council

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A new wetland walk launches at Chasewater County Park.

Thanks to funding from Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Grant, Lichfield District Council’s countryside team has recently finished work on a new wetland walk at Chasewater Country Park.

The two-year project has seen the creation of a new route through a section of the park’s precious wetland habitat. This includes a series of footpaths and boardwalks which allow visitors to access the country park’s most sensitive and beautiful habitats, while preventing walkers from inadvertently damaging the rare and delicate plants that grow in the wetland.

The footpath has been constructed with stone that has been scientifically screened to make sure chemicals will not leach into the soil of the Chasewater heaths and damage the plants growing there.

The new route will also allow the countryside team to corral Chasewater’s grazing cattle herd through the wetland without damaging the special habitat.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “As a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it’s our responsibility to conserve this endangered habitat, and I am delighted the wetland walk has been completed. I hope lots of visitors will enjoy the new route through the wetland.”

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Local Heritage Railways over the Spring Bank Holiday

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Amerton Railway

2012_05260007Amerton Railway will be running steam locos on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and diesel locos for the remainder of the week.

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Severn Valley Railway

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The Severn Valley Railway is also running daily.

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225 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Spring 1999 part 4

225 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Spring 1999 part 4

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Alrewas area- Lost King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier_King_Charles_SpanielThis is not the lost dog, but it is a member of the breed.

HELLO EVERYONE

WE ARE TRYING TO SPREAD THE WORD THAT A LITTLE BROWN AND WHITE KING CHARLES SPANIEL WAS LOST IN THE ALREWAS AREA ON SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY 2013. ANSWERS TO ‘ZIGGY’. THERE WAS DEEP SNOW AND IT WAS VERY COLD. PLEASE IF ANYONE KNOWS OF HIS WHEREABOUTS PLEASE GET IN TOUCH, HIS OWNERS AND THEIR OTHER DOG ARE HEART BROKEN……. CALL 01548 472963 OR US HERE AT JUNCTION GALLERY, FRADLEY JUNCTION 01283 790332.

THIS IS OUR FIRST TIME USING THIS BLOG – SO IF ANYONE CAN SPREAD THE NEWS FURTHER PLEASE LETS HELP FIND HIM. JACKIE AND SUZANNE XX