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167 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News Winter 93 – Spring 94 – Part 3

167 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News Winter 93 – Spring 94 – Part 3

 Update on No.21 – Arthur Edwards

A long while ago I applied copious layers of red oxide to the outside of this loco in an attempt to preserve it, but once in the shed, Chris and Beth helped me to sand it down, fill it, sand it down again, apply gallons of primer and sand it down again!  When Dave ‘Doc’ Baker arrived on the scene, Steve Organ approached me to ask if it would be ok for Dave to do the top coat as he was at one time employed as a signwriter.  We all agreed, and now the result looks quite smart.  Following the recent fitting of the Dorman engine into the frames, Chris has had a problem with lack of compression preventing it from starting.  New cylinder liners are now being sought to match the new pistons we already have in stock as a solution to this problem.

News of the E1 – Barry Bull

The E1 has returned to steam at Cranmore where it featured in their three day Gala event on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Despite original plans to restore the loco in BR black livery as No.32110 (livery and number which of course it never carried) the loco has actually been turned out in Southern Railway olive green livery.  Crews report that the loco is still a bit tight but runs well and will ‘run on a fag end’, which I presume means that she is economical.  Perhaps a visit to Cranmore is called for, bearing in mind that another well-known ex-Cannock coalfield loco, Manning Wardle ‘Littleton No.5’ can be found a few miles away at Bitton.

 Commercial News – Bob Duffill

For the first time in many years, the CLR took a stand at an outside event, the Warley Model Railway Exhibition on October 9th and 10th at the NEC.  This clashed with our end of season rally and opening of the extension, and also my birthday on the Sunday.  After 25 years of waiting to see proper passenger trains on the causeway, I missed it in order to raise funds.

Items for the stand had been collected from Chasewater the previous weekend and put in awkward places around the house for me to trip over.  On the Friday afternoon John and I went to the NEC to set up the stand will a well-loaded Riley off down the M6.

Our first impression was that the hall was huge and well laid out, in fact we were able to drive the car up to the stand inside the hall to unload.  There then followed attempts to disguise the various household furniture into a reasonable-looking display for our goods, some relics and Tony’s models.  Compared with some stands, ours looked very homely.  Whilst in the hall we had a severe electrical storm, heavy rain and a strong wind that blew over causing the large doors to be closed and the organisers to pray for better weather, and us for the event planned for Chasewater on Sunday.

On Saturday the hall was packed with bodies, and what had seemed like large aisles the night before were full.  The day went on with steady sales of paperwork and odds and ends, and a steady stream of enquiries and much leaflet giving-out, the idea being to be there as much for publicity as to raise money.  The new leaflet on Chasewater seemed to go down well.

Sunday dawned and John and I were there again but the day was not so busy.  We were able to supply the Tal-y-Llyn Railway with some early GWR Tywyn paperwork for their archives which they appreciated with a donation.  All in all attending the exhibition was a good exercise, raising some money and flew the flag.

Went the day well – Paul Whittaker

Excitement and fascination are the only words to describe the looks I saw on the children’s’ faces as they queued up to see Santa.  Although some might say that the rosy red glow in their cheeks could only be attributed to the biting north wind that blows in across the lake.

I personally would like to think that a mixture of both contributed to the atmosphere that was created by the hard work and unceasing enthusiasm of the staff at Chasewater, without which this event would not be possible.  Included was a vivid interpretation of Santa by our own Steve Organ, supporting cast being supplied by Geoff and relief Santa by Andy; not forgetting the mammoth task of decorating and preparing Mr. Claus’s Grotto, courtesy of Margaret and John.  With all this plus a train ride provided by Les Emery, promptly followed by sherry and mince pies for the parents.

It only remains for me to say that the CLR is obviously going from strength to strength with its presentation of this seasonal event.

Congratulations to everyone concerned.

151 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces from Chasewater News Dec 1992 – Part 1

151 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces from Chasewater News Dec 1992 – Part 1

Editorial – Nigel Canning

Many thanks to all the people who have helped with the magazine this year either by providing articles of historical or technical interest, or by helping to create the news on our railway.   Both of these forms of contribution make the magazine easier to produce and as a result it has increased in size slightly.

Towards the end of 1991 certain people predicted that we could be running trains to the causeway by the end of 1992.  As you will see in this magazine they then proceeded to prove their point by relaying all the necessary track which now awaits a visit by the Railway Inspector.  This is a magnificent achievement which shows just what can be done.

Will Santa Specials be running across the causeway to Norton Bog in 1993??  Wait and see, or even better, come and make sure!!

Locomotive News

No.4 Asbestos – Following rectification of a large number of minor faults this loco will now be used on the Santa Specials on December 13th and will hopefully remain in traffic throughout next year.

No.5 Sentinel – Having run all year, this loco has now been taken out of service for its major boiler examination.  All steam fittings have been removed and the firebox separated from the boiler shell.  Over the winter various outstanding repairs and modifications will be carried out, and the loco repainted before re-entering service early next year.

No.2 Lion – Progress on this loco has continued with the casting of a complete new set of firebars.  The saddle tank has been bolted into place, the cast iron chimney cap fitted and new injector steam pipes and fittings made.  It is hoped that the loco will be seam tested early next year.

S100 – Work has continued on machining of the hornguides of this loco!!!!!!

Fowler – This loco has recently had a much needed service carried out and has remained in regular use on the Sunday works train to Norton.

DL7 – The cylinder heads for the main engine and for the donkey engine have now been re-worked, but due to a burned out piston revealed during cleaning of the bores, new pistons, rings and cylinder liners may now be required.  This means that the loco is unlikely to re-enter service very quickly.

No.21 Diesel

The spare engine has been rebuilt ready for re-fitting into the loco as soon as the crane is available.  As the radiator has rotted through beyond repair a complete new core will have to be found and fitted.

Smith Rodley Crane

This vehicle has remained out of use pending its annual inspection by the insurance company.

Permanent Way News – Arthur Edwards

Track laying on the extension has now come to a stop as we have finally got to the top of the causeway bank and are awaiting news of how and when the causeway will be repaired.  That doesn’t stop us from jacking and packing all the rail joints and so forth back towards Brownhills West.

The causeway, Dec 1992. Pic – D.M.Bathurst

During the run up to us finishing the track laying you probably heard that I had a slight accident with the dumper truck.  Since then it has been re-commissioned as ‘Dunk-an’ or ‘General Belgrano’ equipped with rubber ring and outboard propeller.

Well it happened like this.  I had had the bucket filled by the JCB and taken the load to the edge of the causeway for dumping.  When I started the hydraulic lifting mechanism, the load transferred from all four wheels to the front two.  I heard a crack-k-k and it started to slide down the bank.  No way was I going to stop it, the thing had been in neutral but as it went down it went into first gear and the sound was CHUG CHUG CHUG GLUG GLUG.  ‘Oh dear’, or words to that effect were said, and there was I, hands over my head trying to keep my ears warm, screaming at Ian for help, but he couldn’t hear me.  When he came over he did what everyone else did – laugh!  At the time I couldn’t see the funny side of it, but I can now.

There was nothing else for it but to get a hawser to pull it out, and who had to get in the water to attach it?  Yes – yours truly!  I kept looking round for Jeremy Beadle, and I’m sure that if we had a video of it we’d have got £250 for it being shown.

Full gratitude to Ken Dyde for taking time out from doing other things which were probably more important to strip down the dumper and get rid of the water – cheers Ken!