Chasewater Railway

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Chasewater Railway
ChasewaterHeathStation.jpg
The Chasewater Heaths station, with the new signal box rebuilt at the station in 2007
Locale Brownhills West
Terminus Chasetown (Church Street) (north)
Brownhills West (south)
Commercial operations
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Operated by Chasewater Light Railway & Museum Company
Stations 4
Length 2 miles (3.2 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preservation history
Chasewater Railway
Chasetown (Church Street)
Chasewater Heaths
Norton Lakeside Halt
Chasewater
Causeway
Brownhills West
UK-Motorway-M6 Toll.svg
Midland Railway
south to Brownhills Watling Street

The Chasewater Railway is a former colliery railway running round the shores of Chasewater in Staffordshire, England. It is now operated as a heritage railway.

The line is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) in length, contained entirely within Chasewater Country Park. The route, which forms a horse-shoe shape around the lake, passes through heathland, including a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and passes over a 14 mile (0.40 km) long causeway.

History[edit]

Prior to preservation, the line was part of the network operated by the NCB to serve the coalfields of the Cannock Chase area. The exchange sidings, where the colliery line connected with the Midland Railway, were situated about 14 mile (0.40 km) north of the current Brownhills West Station.

Significant changes happened in 2002/2003 caused by the closure of the old Brownhills station, due to the building of the M6 Toll motorway. This led to the rebuilding of Brownhills West with significantly improved facilities, including a new carriage shed and heritage centre, and completion of the Chasetown section of the line (the 'Chasetown Extension Railway' between Chasewater Heaths and Chasetown Church Street).

Stations[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

The railway is home to a collection of steam and diesel locomotives of mostly industrial origin, many with local industrial connections. Passengers are conveyed in ex-DMU cars and British Railways Mark 1 coaches, as well as brake vans on gala days. In recent years the railway has also played host to various guest steam locomotives from other lines.

The railway also owns various vintage carriages, some dating back over a century. These, as well as other rolling stock, are accommodated in the newly completed carriage shed.

Locomotives[edit]

Andrew Barclay No.1964, built 1929. This locomotive has been repainted in GWR green to resemble GWR no. 701
A selection of diesel locomotives participating in the 2007 Diesel Gala
  • Steam Locomotives
    • Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST No. 2780 "Asbestos" built in 1909 (In storage).[1]
    • W.G. Bagnall 0-4-0ST No. 2648 "Linda" built in 1940. (Under overhaul).
    • Sentinel 0-4-0VBT No. 9632 built in 1957. (Under overhaul).
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 1223 "Colin McAndrew" built in 1911. (Operational).
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0CT No. 880 "Glenfield" built in 1902. (In storage).
    • Neilson 0-4-0ST No. 2937 "Alfred Paget" built in 1882. (In storage).
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T No. S100 built in 1949. (Under restoration).
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 917 built in 1902. (Under restoration).
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST, No. 431 "Sheepbridge No. 15" built in 1895. (In storage)
    • Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 2343 "British Gypsum No. 4" built in 1953. (In storage).
    • Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 1530. (In storage) (left 6/10/2014 for Cornwall).
    • Hunslet 0-6-0ST No. 3783 "Darfield No. 1" built in 1953. (On display, currently in the guise of local engine "Holly Bank No. 3").
    • Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns 0-6-0T No. 7684 "Nechells No. 4" built in 1951. (Operational).
  • Diesel Locomotives
    • Ruston 0-4-0DE No. 544998 built in 1969. (In storage).
    • North British Locomotive Company 0-4-0DH No. D2911 built in 1958. (Operational).
    • BR Class 08 no D3249/08 359 built in 1958. (Operational).
    • Baguley 0-4-0DM No. 3410 "Martson, Thompson and Evershed No. 4" built in 1955. (Operational).
    • Fowler 0-4-0DH No. 4220015 "Toad" built in 1962. (In storage).
    • Hunslet 0-4-0DH No. 6678 built in 1968. (Operational).
    • Fowler 0-4-0DM No. 4100013 built in 1948. (In storage).
    • Brush Bagnall 0-4-0DE No. 3097 built in 1956. (Under overhaul).
    • Kent Construction and Eng Co. 4wDM No. 1612 Planet built in 1929. (Operational).
    • Ruston 48 4wDM No. 305306 "Ryan" built in 1952. (In storage).
    • F.C. Hibbard Planet 4wDM No. 1891 "Derbishire Stone No. 2" built in 1934. (In storage).
    • Bagnall 0-6-0DM No. 3119 "Hem Heath" built in 1956. (In storage).
    • Kent Construction and Eng Co. 4wDM No. 20 Planet built in 1926. (On long term loan to the National Brewery Museum).
    • Baguley 0-4-0DM No. 3027 "Bass No. 5" built in 1939. (Operational).
  • Diesel Multiple Units
    • BR Class 101 Metro Cammell "Daisy" nos 53160 and 53164. (Now at Tittley Junction, Private Railway)
  • Diesel Multiple Unit Centre Cars

Narrow gauge railway[edit]

Volunteers are currently working to establish a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge narrow gauge railway close to the heritage centre.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°40′34″N 1°56′48″W / 52.6761°N 1.9467°W / 52.6761; -1.9467

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asbestos Special 1st January 2012". Retrieved 12 February 2012.