Rothervale No 0

January 10, 2018


Built by Beyer Peacock in 1870 with a works No of 1830, the 0-6-0ST Locomotive was bought by Rothervale Colliery to work at their coal mines at Treeton, South Yorkshire.



The loco was rebuilt in 1910 by the Yorkshire Engine Company, and subsequently scrapped in 1959.

Both nameplates from this loco were purchased by Bernard Mottram, and one of them is on loan to Chasewater Railway Museum.

old plate

After restoration by Peter Stamper, the plate is now proudly displayed in the Museum building.

refurb plate

These photo’s were taken from chasewaterstuff’s collection, and further details of this loco can be found on chasewater railway


The Colonel Works plate.

January 8, 2018

Chasewater Railway Museum

One of the museum’s exhibits is the works plate from The Colonel Locomotive.

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The Colonel was supplied new in 1914 to the local Wyrley Grove Colliery. and was named after Colonel William Harrison, who was the colliery chairman. The 0-6-0 saddle tank loco was manufactured by Hudswell Clarke of Leeds and given the works No of 1073.


Coal production at the Grove ceased following the 1930 underground explosion, which killed 14 miners. However the coal mined at the sister colliery, Harrisons No 3, known locally as the Sinking, was transported in colliery mine cars along a narrow gauge cable hauled tramway, to the Grove’s washing and screening plant.


The coal was then despatched from the Grove via canal narrow boats, and by rail.

The Colonel and its sister loco, the 1895  0-6-0 Bristol built  Peckett, No 3,


were kept busy taking wagons to & from the exchange sidings on the link down…

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January 5, 2018

Named after the son of the God Poseidon, the locomotive is the only survivor of the total of 6 ever constructed at the Haydock Foundry. These were built to fulfill  the demands of the Haydock Collieries, which connected to the London North Western, and the Liverpool Manchester Railways, over quite severe gradients.

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Weighing 35 Tons the 0-6-0 Well Tank Locomotive was built in 1874 with a works reference of C. Taken out of service in 1964, the loco was saved from the scrap man by Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and subsequently purchased by the Vintage Carriage Trust and restored over a period of  4 years.

This very unique locomotive presently resides at Foxfield Railway in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, but travels to other Heritage Railways for Gala’s etc, including a visit to Belgium and the Netherlands.


A model of Bellerophon was made in cardboard, by a very talented gentleman named Peter Marshall from Burton on Trent.

Bellerophon in card

Other models of railway loco’s and rolling stock, constructed in matchsticks, are on loan to, and displayed in Chasewater Railway Museum.

Steam Engine at Swan Works.

December 19, 2017


These photo’s are of a horizontal steam engine, used to power the single line shaft which supplied the whole works at Potters Clay and Coal Company, Swan Works, Pelsall Road, Brownhills.


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Potters 1

The engine was built by Tangye of Birmingham in 1896, and was a horizontal single cylinder, with a working pressure of  70 lbs per square inch.

The engine was still in use on August 7th 1971, when the photo’s were taken. The photo’s belong to Barry Bull, the curator of Chasewater  Railway Museum, and now form part of their collection.

Unusual Hearse.

November 3, 2017

This unusual hearse was seen in Walsall Wood outside the Drunken Duck Public house adjacent to Ashcroft Funeral directors on Thursday November 2nd 2017.


I believe it belongs to a funeral directors from Fleetwood called Only Fools and Hearses and is available for hire at funerals. The coffin is carried inside the trailer part which is constructed from an old reliant van, and is then towed by the other yellow reliant three wheeler. The ultimate send off for only fools and horses fans.

Chasewater railway Museum.

September 27, 2016

Chasewater Railway Museum.


Coppice Side Brownhills, then & now.

February 24, 2016

Taken about the 1950’s this photo, courtesy of Jean Houghton nee Hinks, shows her Uncle Elijah Hinton & my father Godfrey Hucker (with the cycle) returning home from a Sunday lunch time drink in the Jolly Collier.

Mr Hucker & Uncle Lig

This other photo was taken early Sunday morning February 21st 2016, from approximately the same spot. The once quiet country lane is now a thriving Industrial Estate.



Museum Christmas Raffle 2015 Results

December 24, 2015

Chasewater Railway Museum

This is the list of winners in the 2015 Chasewater Railway Museum Christmas Raffle

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Mining History Books

November 29, 2015

Did you or any one in your family work at one of the many Coal mines in the Cannock and Rugeley Coalfield. If so why not purchase one of the Mining History Books published by the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society.



These informative books, with numerous photographs, of which there are 18 books in total, have been written  about mining, by the miners who worked at them. Each Book covers one or more of the local Collieries, and are available from Chasewater Railway Museum. please contact me if you need any further information. These books are about our Mining Heritage.

The Jolly Collier Public House Brownhills.

June 14, 2015

Many of us older persons can remember the Jolly Collier Public House, situated at the junction of Coppice Side, and Pelsall Road in Brownhills.


In the years that I lived opposite, the Inn was run by Bill & Olive Hopley, Olive being the daughter of the previous licensee, Mr Chapman, known as Chatty to his customers. An old photograph has been given to me by local historian Reg Fullelove (AKA Aer Reg) of the establishment in earlier years.

old jolly collier

At the time the photo was taken, the licensee was George Yates, and the Brewery was Blencowes. The Blencowe Cannock Brewery, as its name suggests, was in Cannock, and it was taken over by Butlers in 1925, who subsequently closed it after 3 years of ownership. Butlers Brewery, who later merged into Mitchells & Butlers, then ran the Collier until closure in the 1970’s.

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