Peckett Locomotive 917.

June 18, 2018

Built by Peckett & Sons of Bristol in January 1902, this Type R1 0-4-0ST locomotive is seen at Albright & Wilson’s Chemical Works at Oldbury. photo by Mike Wood.


917 at Albright & Wilson Oldbury.

Originally sold to Crowshaw & Warburton of Shawcross in Yorkshire, and named Shawcross. It was taken in part exchange for a new one from Peckett, and resold to Albright & Wilson in 1930. It was withdrawn from service in August 1978 and is now preserved at Chasewater Railway awaiting restoration. Photo oakparkrunner.

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Lord Kitchener

May 1, 2018

The main locomotive at Walsall Wood Colliery was No 5 Lord Kitchener.

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This 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive, works No 5158, was purchased new from Kitsons and company at Hunslet in West Yorkshire. It was kept busy in the colliery as well as taking loaded wagons of coal down to the marshalling yard at Norton Junction in Pelsall. Whilst going to Norton Junction, the driver had to carry the following token, allowing him access to the single track line.

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The locomotive was still at the Wood in 1962 and was since scrapped. One of the original Brass nameplates off Lord Kitchener has recently been purchased by Chasewater Railway Museum, and after renovation, it will be on display along with other original nameplates from local colliery engines.

Another Kitson locomotive at Walsall Wood was Lord French. Purchased new in 1916 with a works No of 5171, it was scrapped at Walsall Wood in 1948.

Photographs and relevant information taken from chasewaterstuffs  blog


Walsall World War 1 Hero.

April 23, 2018

John Henry Carless was born in Walsall in 1896. and joined the Royal Navy in 1915.

He was a Gunner on the HMS Caledon at the second battle of Heligoland, off the German Coast in 1917.

During this battle he received serious wounds to his stomach which lead to his death.

Although seriously wounded John stayed at his post, and continually loaded and fired his gun. For his heroic actions on that day, he was awarded the Victoria Cross.


A bronze bust was made in memory of John and was mounted on a stone plinth outside the Town Hall in February 1920.


Carless Street in Caldmore was  named after him, as well as a Diesel Railway Locomotive No 31107.


The Locomotives nameplates were removed when the loco was taken out of service in July 1995, and it was subsequently scrapped in 2009. Photo by John Morris.

The Wooden headboard from the loco is now on show at Walsall Leather Museum, along with other memorabilia of this local hero, including a replica of his Victoria Cross. Photo from Black Country Bugle.


It is unknown what happened to the side nameplates from the Locomotive.

Walsall Wood Colliery

March 22, 2018

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Two 15 feet diameter shafts were sunk in 1874, one to a depth of 1676 feet, and the other to a depth of 1743 feet, making the mine the deepest in the Staffordshire Coalfields.

Ventilation was by means of a coal fired furnace at the base of the up shaft, working on the principal of hot air rising, which in turn was replaced with fresh cold air drawn down the down shaft. The furnace worked continuously until it was replaced with an electric driven fan in 1954.

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In its peak days the Colliery produced 6,500 tons of coal per week. some coal went by narrow boat on the adjacent Wyrley and Essington canal.

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The remainder went by rail either on the Midland Railway line via Aldridge Sutton and Birmingham, or on the link to Norton Junction in Pelsall to connect to the L N W R which later became the L M S after re grouping.

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All coal seams were exhausted by 1964 which meant the closure of the Colliery.

Following the mine closure, Effluent Disposal where granted permission to discharge chemical waste down the shaft into the mine workings. This went on until March 1976 until the liquid reached the permitted level below the shaft top.

A 60 foot tall monument of a pit head has been erected in memory of the Colliery and the miners who worked there.


In formation taken from Brian Rollins book Coal mining in Walsall Wood.

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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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