Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 71
From the ‘Chasewater Express’ April 1976
Considerable activity has been occurring on site in recent weeks. This is no doubt due largely to the long stretches of dry and sometimes mild weather. I hardly need say however, that those present were more or less the usual crowd. Still, spring is near, and the prospect of a few more members turning out occurs as a dream to those of us tied to the site every weekend. There are many fingers to be pulled out and bumps in the track to be smoothed, as well as a crossing and a siding to be laid, engines and carriages to be cleaned, painted, steamed and pulled in order to grab any stray waif, family of four or local loony for a ride, on which we depend so very much for our cash intake. The Society has ‘just about’ ticked along financially – we must this year raise enough cash for active members to realise their ambitions, i.e. re-panel and refit what is known as the ‘Football Special’ – the LNWR compo brake; and more importantly, the TPO, which is in a shocking state for a vehicle of its importance. Travelling Post Office at Hednesford.
Engines too need cash, which they tend to consume in greater quantities than coal during the period of their restoration – not to mention Keith Sargeant.
Steve Organ – Editor, Station Master and Order of the most meritorious school of tipyng errrorz.
(Listen for loud popping noises as people pull their fingers out in what for many will be their only physical response to this apple peel!)
Not to mention K.S. who complained that he wasn’t mentioned enough in the last mag!
Chasewater Site Notes
Invicta arriving 1975
Mike Wood has been seen in his role as scrubber extraordinaire (Special duties – preparing his engine Invicta for painting prior to its introduction to Chasewater service, at… well let’s say ‘as soon after April 11th as possible. Said scrubber Mike, ‘this is going to look the most impressive engine at Chasewater. It is going to be rather lavishly lined over Easter, you know’. (Not to mention this last bit to Keith Sargeant, the Neilson freak!)
The LNWR full brake has been completely painted and laid out as a museum. Nearly 1,500 square feet of wall space is now devoted in this vehicle to the exhibition of relics, as well as exhibits in cases therein ( not to mention the nameplates of Alfred Paget, which are to be fixed by K.S. to the Neilson at some point in the future, we are given to hope). (Vaguely).
Concrete sleepers? Bloody ‘ell mate, what do you think we are, main line to Euston? I mean – what? Donated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries? Lying in the grass at Lichfield for years? Enough for seven lengths did you say? Bloody ‘ell mate, how many? 22 letters to get them? Three cheers for DEREK JUNIOR!
The Midland is being spruced up externally and painted properly internally in order to preserve it until we have time and money to do it properly. If any member would like to dismantle and rebuild two of the doors on this vehicle, would he please come to the site and report to Andrew Louch or Steve Organ? Ta.
The Great Western water tower, complete with tower, tank and cap were cut up on site and removed during the week ending 20th February. We know not the perpetrators of this terrible deed – the police have no idea. What to do? Someone buggered off with two tons of steel and no-one saw them. We have our suspicions but no proof.
Pink posts – Steve Organ
Invicta scrubbing – Mike Wood
LNWR brake – Albert Haywood, Derek Junior, Nigel Canning, Steve Foster, Barry Bull, Richard Louch, Andrew Louch (who painted the doors a different green to the rest of the vehicle – is this man colour blind?), Adrian (I don’t know his surname but he’s nearly always here).