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234 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Spring 2000 – Part 6

234 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Spring 2000 – Part 6

Diesel Dept. Notes

Fowler Works TrainDiesel 1Diesel 2Diesel 3No.21 and Brake Van at CW

214 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Spring 1998 – Part 4 Simplex 21 4WDM (Kent Construction 1929)

214 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Spring 1998 – Part 4

Chasewater Railway’s Worthington No.21 in action at the old Brownhills West station, with Ken Dyde in the driver’s seat.  Just a short run up and down to somewhere near the site of the current Brownhills West station, with the engine shed on the left a bit further on.

Simplex 21 4WDM (Kent Construction 1929)

By Albert Dean – 21 Lives Again

DSCF9710No. 21 in the Heritage Centre, January 2013


Work finally began on 21 late in September; our first task was to reset the poppet valves and injector timing.  As we suspected, it was 180º out of alignment from the spill, once these were rectified we set about starting the engine.  We tried several settings with the injectors and the valve timing – this is where the fun began.

We also had problems with the starter motor; owing to info received it could be 12 volts or 24.  We tried starting with 12 volts plus a booster charger but to no avail.  A 24-volt starter motor was then fitted and extra batteries were also fitted, this turned the engine over much faster.

We soon found the engine was losing compression, the problem was soon located, the cylinder head had not been tightened down enough and the problem was soon rectified.  Once all the work had been carried out we primed the injector pump and tried starting the engine once again, but again to no avail, so we tried adjusting the pump and trying numerous settings.  At 2.00pm on 9th January 1998 to our amazement the engine suddenly came to life, at this point only half of the exhaust had been fitted.  Ken Dyde was inside the cab leaning over the engine, when smoke bellowed out of the exhaust pipe engulfing the cab area.  Vic Baker was standing outside the loco and the visibility decreased rapidly making Ken totally disappear!

Is this the sequel to the Invisible Man??!!

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Once we had established that the engine could be run, we started hunting for lost parts.  The Cadbury’s van on Road 3 became a hive of interest.  We found lots of the original parts from’21’, the old engine which was seized, the clutch assembly, decompression levers, engine covers, plus lots more.  At last we were underway.

We first removed the clutch from the old engine which was in the Cadbury’s van, and transferred it into ‘21’, this posed us a problem.  We had to jack up the engine to fit the clutch assembly and this took us a lot longer than we anticipated.  Once this was completed, we then had to line up the engine with the gearbox (new bolts and packing pieces were just the ticket) but before we could fit the clutch pedal a bracket had to be made.  A short trip to the loco shed and Steve Williams came to our rescue and made a new part for the clutch pedal assembly.

No.20 at Bass

January – The Visit

The layout of the inside of ‘21’ seemed to be a mystery, so after some deliberation over a few cups of tea in the cabin, we decided to arrange a day out to visit the sister loco, Simplex No. 20, which is on loan to the Bass Museum in Burton-on-Trent.  We telephoned the Museum on Wednesday January 28th to arrange a visit – they said you can come any day, so we decided to go the next day.  We arrived at the Bass Museum at around 11.00am.  Upon our arrival we were made most welcome and were directed to the railway exhibits where loco No.9 and the 4-wheel saloon carriage and Worthington No.20 stood in all their glory.  Simplex No.20 still looks in very good condition and well maintained.  Ken, Vic and myself set to work taking photographs, drawing sketches, removing the engine covers and getting a very good idea of where everything was located.  We then went on a tour of the Museum, which we found very interesting.  We all agreed that our day at the Bass Museum had been very enjoyable and useful, and would strongly recommend this place for a family day out.  The Museum is open all year round and there is something for everyone to see and do.

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February – Back Home at Brownhills West

Things really started to take shape.  All the clutch pedal assembly was fitted.  Our next task was to fit the radiator and all the hoses, the radiator fan and pulley wheels.  The pulley wheels are attached to one of the engine covers; this had to be fitted next.  The radiator had received some damage over the years but Steve organ came to the rescue and he is having it repaired – many thanks Steve!

The seat and engine cover are now ready to fit, but before we can fit the covers, they are in need of some attention.  This should not take long to put right – we should be able to run ‘21’ within the next few weeks.  A new floor covering the gearbox, as well as new windows, have to be made and put in.  There are no electrics in ‘21’ so it has got to have a total rewire; the roof needs some attention; and all in good time for the summer!

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 66

Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 66

RPS Newsletters No. 12 & 13, Jan – April 1975.

Again two for the price of one! – But sadly no number 11!

From No.12

Neilson 0-4-0ST

This locomotive has had a stationary steam test and the reports prove very favourable.  Derek Luker informs me that the next step will be valve gear and motion.  We should see this loco in steam with ‘Asbestos’ this season.

Maryport & Carlisle Carriage

Work steadily progressing but more help is needed as the carriage must be ready for August this year for the Stockton & Darlington Anniversary.

Track Laying

Work has now commenced lifting track.   The track bed will be re-aligned and the rail relaid, sleepers will be replaced where necessary.  This job must be completed before commencing the season’s running.

North Eastern Railway Van

A hasty repair job was done to the roof of this vehicle.  The canvas roof loading flap was ripped to shreds during the weekend gale of Saturday 25th January.

Mr. J.C.James of Liverpool recently acquired a station bookstall from the Birkenhead Railway.  This has been delivered to Chasewater and should prove a useful item.  Our grateful thanks to Mr. James.

Notes from Barry Bull, Hon. Sec.

The two meetings already held were quite well attended with 25/30 people on each occasion.  There were to be two further meetings at Aston University , one in March about ‘Main Line Steam’ and the other in May about ’Spanish Steam in 1963’. This to include both main line and industrial steam, and some real antique British built locos.

Sales Stand

With another season ahead we have been busy obtaining items for the sales stand.  In the past we have had to rely very much on the generosity of members in donating second-hand mags, etc. for resale.  In recent weeks our thanks must go to Nigel Canning, Rob Duffill and Laurence Hodgkinson for giving many suitable items for resale.  If any other members have any photos, relics, magazines, etc. which they would like to donate or perhaps sell at reasonable prices, would they please contact the Hon.Sec.  It is worth recalling that sales for the last 12 month period to July 1974 together with social activities raised £274 – remember ‘Sales Support Steam’.

From No.13

We are now attempting to get ourselves geared up for the season’s running, the actual news will follow in items listed below. All members will sympathise (after a period of considerable and very cruel laughter!!) with Barry Bull, our Hon. Sec. who unfortunately broke his ankle playing football during February.  Barry, although partially immobile, has managed to get over to Chasewater and cleared the decks for action in the sales portion of the LNWR brake (It takes more than a broken ankle to keep Barry away from his vacuum cleaner!!). He is of course doing an immense amount of work on the correspondence side for the Society.  We all wish Barry a speedy recovery.  I know he is itching (!) to throw those crutches away.  Just a final word on this matter, may we advise Barry, in future, it is far safer at Chasewater RPS site than playing football on Sunday afternoons!!


I understand from the loco dept that this engine will be in trim for the forthcoming season, let us hope that it will be a busy one!  PS Two tubes were hastily fitted on Easter Monday morning!


I am also assured that this locomotive will also be assisting with the season’s traffic later this year, a few last minute snags have yet to be sorted out.


In spite of the inclement weather, our usual stalwarts have been very busy lifting track, the bed is being levelled by Colin Vincent with his bulldozer and should be relaid during April. This effort is very praiseworthy, our sincere thanks to all participating in this hard graft.

Birkenhead Rly Bookstall

It is hoped to assemble this bookstall as a ticket office and sales stand this season.  We are of course short of volunteers for this operation, more about manpower appeal in a later item.

Maryport & Carlisle CarriageMaryport & Carlisle Carriage with No.21 – D. Bathurst Collection

Work is going ahead slowly with this vehicle, due in the main to the weather, and the call for manpower on other jobs.  The carriage has to be ready for the 150th Anniversary at Darlington, by the end of July at the latest.  Volunteers for painting please!

DMU Trailer Coach

A thorough cleaning of the interior is taking place, in readiness again for the 1975 running season, this should be completed by Sunday April 6th.

Manpower, Womanpower Appeal!!

May we once again appeal most earnestly for manpower during this special year, viz. the 150th Anniversary of Passenger Railway Travel (Stockton, Darlington 1825).  We have plenty of restoration jobs, and in particular, a list must be drawn up for the train operating crews.  Vacancies for firemen, Guards, Stewards on trains, sales stand and ticket issuing and collector staff.  Members should report to the General Manager and Chairman Derek Luker or any senior member deputising in his absence.  Please come and help if only for a couple of times this season, we desperately require extra help this season!

NCB Slotted Signal, Cannock Wood CollierySlotted signal at our old Brownhills West Station, 1978 – D. Bathurst Collection

This signal has been kindly donated by the NCB, it will eventually join our collection of NSR and LNWR signals at Chasewater.  The NSR signals came from Pinnox Crossing, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent and were also donated by the NCB several years ago.

Discussion at Chasewater

Loco spares, carriage spares, etc., this will be held on Saturday afternoon 3.00pm , 19th April 1975. All members are invited to attend and comment.

Littleton Colliery Visit – Engine in Steam

Saturday 17th May 9.30am.  Brake van trip down the line.  Members wishing to attend contact Albert Haywood.Littleton No.5  Manning W ardle 0-6-0ST

Canal Boat Rally

Birmingham Navigation Canal Society, 10th and 11th May 1975.  Catshill Junction, Lindon Road, Anchor Bridge, Brownhills.

Dave Ives, President.