Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala
Day 2 – SundayFirst train ready to go!
Sunday started with a cool breeze blowing down the platform at Brownhills West, but away from the buildings it wasn’t too bad.
Everything seemed to run very smoothly from where I was watching – it looked very complicated but the engines all managed to end up where they were supposed to be. Good organisation!
The ‘No.5’ can just about be seen through the smoke!
The shunters were playing their part moving stock around, the Bass No.5 now looking very smart with Dave’s ‘No.5’ artwork in evidence.
Later in the day, the Narrow Gauge started running and had a good couple of hours running including getting up the bank in style!
Their loco also looked smart after more of Dave’s handiwork.
The Model Railway was running both days – still looking good.
One of the highlights of the day was the appearance of our President, Steve Organ speeding down the platform in his motorised (and souped up?) wheelchair. His speed could not be denied but doubt was cast over his ability to steer!
It was good to see him at Chasewater again.
If you haven’t been to Chasewater Railway for a while, you won’t have seen either of these locos in action. They will both be running this weekend, 11th & 12th September, at our Industrial Gala – come and see!
The Bagnall Engine 0-6-0ST 3059/1954 Florence No.2 arrived at Chasewater Railway today, Tuesday 7th September at lunchtime from Foxfield Railway.
Lowering the trailer ready for off-loading.
Easy when you know how!
The Narrow gauge is getting ready too!Trains running from 10.00am Saturday and Sunday.
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Tagged 3059/1954, Bagnall, Brownhills, Burntwood, Cannock, Chasewater Steam Railway, Class08, Florence No.2, Foxfield Railway, Industrial Gala, Lichfield, Railway, Staffordshire, Steam
Photo: Kieran H.
Wm Bagnall 3059/1954
0-6-0ST Florence No.2
A product of William Bagnall, Stafford, this 0-6-0ST works number 3059 of 1954 is one of the four preserved survivors of this standard design of which eighteen were built. Nine were supplied to the National Coal Board, North Staffs Area, seven to Preston Docks, one to Birchenwood Coking Plant, Kidsgrove and one to the National Coal Board, Leicestershire Area.
The loco has two outside cylinders 16” dia x 24” stroke, has 3’ 6½” wheels and weighs 34 tons. Three of the North Staffs locos were later fitted with Giesel ejectors (including Florence No.2).
In 1975 the loco was transferred from Florence Colliery to Cadley Hill Colliery, South Derbyshire where she remained until entering preservation in 1978 at the Battlefield Line, Shackerstone. Sale to a member of the Foxfield railway followed in 1999 and the loco has since been returned to steam and is a regular performer on the 2½ mile Foxfield Railway, near Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire.
Saturday 12th SeptemberGetting steam up!
The first day of the Industrial Gala and beautiful warm sunshine – couldn’t be better! Once timetables were available and things started moving, everything seemed to run very well and right on schedule.For the first time for a number of years we had the Western Re-enactment Group showing what they could do. They certainly enjoy themselves and try to ensure that spectators enjoy it too! Everyone knew that they were there – those guns had no silencers!!
There were the usual passenger, coal and freight trains, together with the popular push-and-pull with Asbestos and Colin McAndrew in action with the riding van and a brake van.The only down-side as far as I could see was the number of visitors to the museum. Whenever our visitors have to walk around the platform instead of entering the Heritage Centre via the crossing, it seems that they just won’t do it – numbers today were well down on recent weeks, enthusiasts come to see us but not ordinary passengers. Perhaps it will be better tomorrow if the narrow gauge is running demonstration trains.Bearing in mind that Sundays are nearly always better-attended than Saturdays, and the weather forecast is still exceptional, we should be very busy tomorrow.
Finally, somewhere in the region of Lakeside Station and Chasewater Heaths, the carrying case for my tripod went missing, if anyone should have picked it up, would you please hand it in to either Chasewater Heaths or Brownhills West Station? Thank you.
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Tagged Brownhills, Burntwood, Cannock, Chasetown, Chasewater, Events, Freight, Hednesford, Industrial Gala, Lichfield, Narrow Gauge, Norton Canes, Railway, Steam