It seems that a very successful weekend was enjoyed by members who went to Snibston with AB 1964.
This elderly tank wagon was seen on the site:and upon closer inspection, the following signature was spotted:Was this painted by our long-established member before he joined Chasewater or was he moonlighting?!
Meanwhile, at Chasewater, ‘Linda’ decided that she didn’t want to play and refused to steam properly. Out came Class 08 to take over for a time, until ‘Linda’ was eventually taught the error of her ways and got moving – taking an insurance policy with her!As for the museum this Sunday, well, I have been saying for some time now that I would like to get out and see some trains – if only for a short while. I certainly got my wish – I couldn’t even get in!! The lock was stuck. It wasn’t just stuck for me, at least 4 others had a try at unlocking it with no success.
Today, Monday 16th, the museum team have been on a course run by the Staffordshire Museum Network and Renaissance West Midlands at the County Museum, Shugborough, the subject ” Sustainable Collections: Principles and Practice of Collections Management” . What does this mean in a climate of reduced public funding, ecological concerns and rapidly accelerating technological change? How long should we be aiming to preserve our collections for? Is there a time limit on sustainabilty? All in all, it was one of the more interesting courses and demonstrated that we cannot just stand still, we have to keep on learning. Mike Guthrie from the Claymills Pumping Engine Trust gave an interesting short talk on “Collections with Working Objects” – of particular interest to us if it is decided to include some items of rolling stock in the collection. Incidentally, their next steaming is Bank Holiday Weekend, May 29th & 30th.Inside Claymills Pumping Station.
Going back to the locked museum – the last time we had trouble with this lock, Adrian managed to sort it out. Well, obviously he was at Shugborough and was told of the problem. He was thrilled to bits to be going back to Chasewater to fix it again (especially as he was having trouble with his back!), but, gritting his teeth, he set off with Barry Bull to see what he could do. Not too long later, I received a text message of four words: “Got into museum straightaway”
“Golly” said I – well there were two ‘ll’s in the word anyway!!!
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Class 08 diesel loco at Chasewater Railway
Today, Tuesday 27th July 2010, saw the first of the Chasewater Railway School Summer Holiday midweek specials. Although advertised as a steam service, in fact Class 08 diesel locomotive No. D3429 was the engine in charge today. This loco is at Chasewater Railway on a short-term loan.
This latest arrival at Chasewater (20-7-2010) is a product of Crewe Works – one of 135 such locomotives built there.
The first allocation was Bristol St. Phillips Marsh, but 3429 had moved to Swansea Danygraig Depot by January 1960, followed by spells at other South Wales depots.
D3429 is credited with working the last train over the Cymmer-Glyncorrwg section of the South Wales Mineral Railway on May 22nd 1970, to collect empties from the closed Glyncarrwg Colliery.
By now renumbered 08359, the loco was withdrawn by British Rail in March 1984 but subsequently sold into preservation, going to the North Staffs Railway at Cheddleton. Several such moves have taken place since, and D3429 comes to Chasewater on a short term loan via the Telford Steam Railway.
Since withdrawal the loco has been seen at Cheddleton, Peak Rail (Buxton), Peak Rail (Darley Dale), Shackerstone, Tyseley, Northampton & Lamport then Telford Steam Railway.
BR English Electric Class 08 Nº D3429 / 08359
The British Rail Class 08 is a class of diesel-electric shunting locomotive. From 1953 to 1962, 996 locomotives were produced, making it the most numerous of all British locomotive classes.
As the standard general-purpose diesel shunter on BR, almost any duty requiring shunting would involve a Class 08. The class became a familiar sight at many major stations and freight yards; however, since their introduction, the nature of rail traffic in Britain has changed considerably. Freight trains are now mostly fixed rakes of wagons, and passenger trains are mostly multiple units; neither requiring the attention of a shunting locomotive. Consequently a large proportion of the class has been withdrawn from mainline use and stored, scrapped, exported, or sold to industrial or heritage railways.
As of 2008 around 100 locomotives remain working on industrial sidings and on the main British network. On heritage railways they have become common, appearing on many of the preserved standard-gauge lines in Britain, with over 60 preserved.
It will be at Chasewater Railway for the next few months.
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