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

result of raffle jpeg

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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.

Wyrley Ripper Update.

February 19, 2015

An update on my previous post of the TV Series Arthur & George.
The 3 part series, one of which tells the story of the Wyrley Ripper is scheduled to commence on Monday March 2nd on ITV. Which episode is about the Wyrley Ripper is not known by me, but all three may be worth watching.

Darjeeling- Himalayan Railway.

February 14, 2015

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 1

Built originally to harvest the tea & other vegetables from the sides of the Himalayan Mountains, the 2 foot narrow gauge railway runs for 48 miles between New Jalpaiguri & Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. Numerous bends & loops are incorporated along the line to cope with the altitude difference of 1920 metres between Siliguri and Darjeeling. Taking two years to build the railway was officially opened in July 1881.

A total of 34 0-4-0 steam locomotives each weighing 11 tons were used on the line, built by British companies, Sharp Stewart & Co, & the North British Locomotive Company, but sadly only a few are now in use or being overhauled.
Darjeeling steam loco.

One Beyer Garrett 0-4-0 0-4-0 was purchased in 1911 but could not cope with the hilly sections of the line. Most of the traffic today is hauled by one of the 4 resident diesel locomotives.
Darjeeling Diesel

Steam power is used mainly on the daily tourist trains, at times overloaded with passengers on the carriage roof.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway passengers.

Despite the very steep slopes of up to 40% in places, no rack system is used. Track friction is maintained by two Indian Railway workers, who sit on the front buffers of the loco, and apply sand when wheel slip occurs.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway sanders

Local History on Television.

February 13, 2015

Coming soon on ITV ( date to be announced) will be a 3 part series called Arthur & George. This series star’s Martin Clunes & Charles Edwards as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his assistant George (known as Woody).

One episode which was filmed in November 2014 on The Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, has a local interest when they investigate the story of a solicitor who was accused of mutilating animals.

This was known as the Great Wyrley Rippings. and although filmed on the Bluebell, there are many references to Great Wyrley and Cannock, including Pubs, Shops, and geographic features of the area. It may be worth a look but as I say I do not know when it will be shown, but if & when I find out I will post it here.


September 5, 2014

A total of 22Locomotives were built in this class during 1961 & 1962, by English Electric, to run express passenger trains between London & Edinburgh.
With an overall length of 69 feet 6 inches, and a width of 8 feet 91/2 inches, the 12feet 10 inch high loco’s weighed 101 Tons and were capable of speeds of 100 miles per hour, with a tractive effort of 50,000 lbs/feet. The DC generators were powered by two Napier Deltic diesel engines, fed from a 900 gallon supply tank, which enabled the locomotives to haul the Flying Scotsman train in a record time of 5 hours 55 minutes. With continued track improvements, the journey time was reduced to 5 hours 30 minutes by the mid 1970’s.
In 1978 the Intercity 125 took over the Flying Scotsman run, and the Deltics then worked general duties on the ECML until their withdrawal in 1981. The last service run was on December 31st 1981, with an enthusiasts special on January 2nd 1982.
Six of these fine Locomotives have survived and 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier is seen here arriving at Hampton Loade Station on the Severn Valley Railway, with the 15.20 passenger train from Bridgenorth to Kidderminster on Wednesday September 3rd 2014.

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