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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.
Local History Forum
Hosted by Chasewater Railway Museum 9-10-2012
It was the Chasewater Railway Museum’s turn to host the Local History Forum on this occasion. There was an excellent turn-out of the local societies, including the Museum of Cannock Chase, the Friends of the Museum of Cannock Chase, and the local history Societies of Bridgtown, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley and Norton Canes, Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society, plus of course, Chasewater Railway Museum. If I have not mentioned any organisation, please let me know and I apologise.
If any local Society would like any event mentioned on this blog, please drop me an e mail at: email@example.com
The two hour meeting began with a brief talk by David Bathurst on the history of the Chasewater Railway, followed by tea and biscuits and general chat amongst the societies. Many of those present took advantage of a tour of the Heritage Centre and Museum led by our man Godfrey, whose help was also invaluable when it was time to wash up!!
Joe came in to work on one of his Meccano models, which attracted quite a lot of interest, and in front of Joe can be seen one of our latest exhibits, a 7-lever signal frame from Hemyock on the former Culm Valley line
Thanks to the members of the Museum staff who helped with the refreshments and the setting up and putting away of everything used during the morning, especially Joan for help with the refreshments and Barry and Adrian for a lot of fetching and carrying.
Finally, special thanks to Yvonne Cooper from the Museum of Cannock Chase for organising the event and getting the societies together.
Below are lists of events for the next few months from two of the societies:
NB – the first one of the Friends of the Museum is tomorrow (Wednesday) evening 10-10-2012.
CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY
At the AGM February you the members requested that we hold informal coffee mornings where members can meet up and talk with each other about what ever they would like to.
There will be no speaker but there will be a raffle.
The first COFFEE MORNING of this society will take place on Thursday 9th August at the Museum of Cannock Chase commencing at 11.00am we hope to see you there.
The next members talk after this will be on Wednesday 3rd October starting at 3.00pm at the Museum of Cannock Chase
when Mr Blair Smillie will give a talk on The Life and times of Robert Smillie
Please make an effort to attend
Alan Dean (Chairman)
School Holidays at Chasewater
Spies Like Us
Thursday 2 August, 11am – 2.30pm, £3 per child
Calling all spies and secret agents, join us for a day of themed games and art and craft activities.
Chasewater Railway running trains on Thursday 2nd August
The Museum of Cannock Chase – Open Daily
Shugborough Hall is another place for a good day out
The May meeting of the CCHMS will be held on Wednesday May 23rd at the Museum of Cannocl Chase, Hednesford ay 3.00pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The subect is “Licensed Mines” – Brian Rollins
The society has great news after a long delay and many letters email and phone conversation we have finally been given permission to erect our Information Signs on all disused collieries were the land belongs to the County Council, this includes the road side verge were the actual site of the colliery would be liable to vandalism.
This has taken a very long time but we got there so the production line can now go full tilt.
Diary Dates For 2012
Monday 6th February – AGM at the Museum of Cannock Chase, commencing at 11.00am prompt.
Quarterley Meetings for 2012
Wednesday 7th March – Sinking of Lea Hall – Speaker – Alan Dean
Wednesday 16th May – Licensed Mines – Speaker – Brian Rollins
Wednesday 4th July – History of Bridgtown
Wednesday 3rd October – Life and Times of Robert Smillie
All talks will be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford, WS12 1TD, starting at 3.00pm and are open to the general public – admission free.
Saturday 28th April 2012
The Dedication Ceremony of the extension to the original Miners’ Monument in Hednesford Town Centre, will take place.
The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch will officiate and music will be provided by the Rugeley Power Station Band and the Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Just a gentle reminder that the last talk of this season takes place on WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER at our usual venue the conference room at the Museum of Cannock Chase.
The metting starts at 3.00pm and a talk will be given by Bob Williams on the “Restoration of the Hatherton Canal” please make every effort to attend and bring a friend.
Tea and coffee will be available and entrance is, as usual, free I hope to see loads of members and friends there.