June 20, 2014
As to be expected Marion’s first visit when in the USA was to a Railway Museum. Greenville Railroad Park and museum, is home to engine 604,which is the sole remainder of the class of largest steam switch engines ever built.
A switch engine is the American name for a shunting engine. Built by Baldwin’s of Philadelphia a total of 9 were constructed for the Union Railroad in 1936 for use in the steel industry. With a unique wheel arrangement of 0-10-2, the loco weighs 322 Tons, and carried 14 tons of coal, and 12000 gallons of water, which usually lasted the day. Replaced by diesel traction in1949, it was transferred to the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad, were it stayed until it moved to its current home in March 1985. The free to enter Museum, is operated entirely by volunteers, and has a motto of. That the old will remember and the young will know.
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January 30, 2014
BR Standard Class 9F 92214
Named in 2011 as ‘Cock O’ The North’ by the previous owners, and fully lined out in fictional BR Lined Black livery of which the 9F’s never carried. 92214 is now fully operational at the Great Central Railway. Between 2006 and 2008, 92214 was at the East Lancashire Railway on loan. The locomotive was bought by the 92214 Locomotive Group (based at the Midland Railway Centre) and was fully restored to working order. On the 27th January 2014 it was announced that 92214 was to stay at the Great Central Railway. Like no. 92203, this locomotive was named after being preserved. The name had previously been carried by three locomotives on the former London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), of classes P2 its rebuilt form as A2/2, and C11.
The name was suggested by Valerie Walter, the Company Secretary of the company owning the locomotive (PV Premier Limited), whose grandfather served with the Gordon Highlanders during the First World War (Cock o’ the North being the traditional epithet attached to the Chief of the Gordon Clan of Scotland), with no prior knowledge of the name having previously been used by the LNER for some of their locomotives. A ten year boiler overhaul was completed over 2012/13 and the locomotive and on 29th June, 2013 it gained a full ten year boiler ticket.
November 17, 2013
Built by Andrew Barclay at their Caledonian works in Kilmarnock in 1902, the 0-4-0 CT locomotive was given the works No of 880.
Sold new to Glenfield & Kennedy Foundry, at Kilmarnock, the loco was used to lift and transport around the works, the large castings, which were produced on the site. The loco was fitted with a 16 foot rotating turntable, with a lifting capacity of 5 Tons.
A new boiler was fitted in 1961, and the loco was still used at the works until the late 1960′s. In the 1970′s Glenfield moved to the Great Western Railway Centre at Didcot, and was worked on by the Oxford Polytechnic Transport Society, based at Market Overton.
Glenfield ceased to steam in the 1980′s and became a static exhibit at Steam Town in Carnforth. In year 2000 it was purchased by John Lees, and then in 2006 it was acquired by the LH Group and moved to the Statfold Barn site in Tamworth. On November 6th 2013 it arrived at Chasewater Railway for storage.
The future plan for this rare locomotive is that it will stay at Chasewater until Easter 2014, then travel to Crewe for restoration, with the aim of ending up at Beamish Museum.
October 17, 2013
Why travel a lot of miles to see Santa when he will be at Chasewater Railway during December.
See website for running days, or pick up a brochure from one of the stations. Book early to avoid disappointment.
September 20, 2013
One of the hundreds of memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum is one for Rail Workers.
This magnificent monument, situated near to area 336 on the 150 acre site at Alrewas is dedicated to celebrate the achievements of railway workers, and to remember the people killed in the construction, and running of the industry. It was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson, along with former British Rail Chairman Sir Bob Reid, on May 22nd 2012.
The main feature of the 9 feet wide, 7.5 feet high statue is a 2-8-0 Stanier class 8F locomotive in black granite, which sits on a large granite base.
The front face of the base block is engraved with the following inscription.
On the rear is a picture depicting several scenes of typical railway operations.
Both ends have emblems of Railway Groups.
In conclusion this is only one of the many large tributes to the Military & auxiliary forces, plus other civilian organisations on this immaculately well kept site. Admission is free, with a small parking charge, and is well worth a visit.
May 12, 2013
The annual Coal Train Day held at Chasewater Railway, will be on Sunday June 23rd this year. See the attached poster for details.
April 28, 2013
The steepest main line incline in Great Britain is the Lickey Bank in Worcestershire with a gradient of 1 in 37 over 2 miles, between Bromsgrove and Blackwell. Heavy laden freight trains and some passenger services need assistance to negotiate the climb. This assistance known as banking, is carried out by means of one or more locomotives, coming behind the train and pushing from the rear. In 1919 a locomotive designed by James Anderson was built at Derby Works by the Midland Railway, specifically to work on this gradient.
Based at 21C shed at Bromsgrove, and known as Big Bertha or Big Emma, the 0-10-0 weighed 105 Tons, and had a tractive effort of 43,300 lbs feet. Given a No of 2290 initially, it was changed to 22290 when taken over by the LMS in 1947. One year later the No was changed again when British Railways was formed, and became 58100. Big Bertha was removed from service, and scrapped in 1956 being replaced by 9F No 92079 (photo copyright of Ben Brookshank)
This 2-10-0 standard heavy freight loco worked the line until the demise of steam in 1966, and was replaced with class 37 diesel locomotives.
Even today some freight trains need a banker to assist on the Lickey, which is provided by class 66 locomotives.
March 28, 2013
Easter Running Service Alterations
We have been able to run an inspection train today (Wednesday 27th)
for the first time since the severe weather began that we have
encountered recently. After inspecting the line and taking into account
the on-going conditions we have decided to make some changes to upcoming
services to help us ensure everybody’s safety and enjoyment.
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th of March
Diesel service using North British Loco D2911
Trains leave Brownhills West at 12:00 pm 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm only.
Sunday 31st & April 1st
This is to be confirmed, depending on what weather we encounter in the
next few days. It is possible that we may have make changes like
substituting the planned steam engine for diesel instead or even cancel
some trains if conditions dictate. Unless conditions improve it is
unlikely that the narrow gauge will be operating.
Our Easter Egg Hunt, gift shop, Museum, bric-a-brac, Model Railway and
The Sidings tea room and Bella’s Waggon, hopefully will be unaffected so
should as normal. Please remember we may make short notice changes if
conditions improve or deteriorate as necessary.
Please do come along if you can make it. Any updates will be posted on
here asap and the railway look forward to welcoming you soon.
March 21, 2013
Why not take a visit to Chasewater Railway this Easter, where a full programme is planned over the weekend. Steam hauled trains on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
The service on Good Friday and on Saturday will use one of our Diesel powered locomotives.
The 5 Star rated Sidings tea rooms will be serving hot and cold meals over the whole of the festive season with an excellent carvery on Easter Sunday.
There will be an Easter Egg hunt on Sunday & Monday organised by the Railway’s Junior team of volunteers.
The narrow gauge miners train will be running also on Sunday and Monday weather permitting.
The accredited Railway Museum will be open on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, with a large display of Railway and mining memorabilia.