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Chasewater Country Park, Brownhills West Station, Pool Lane (Off the A5), Burntwood, Staffs, WS8 7NL
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News

Service Update Due to an error in the printed 2017 leaflet, we are advising [..]

Both our gift shops at BHW & CWH have for a limited time, discounted [..]

Events

Our 2017 events/brochure can be found here. Our next event is :- July 9th [..]

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Here you can read about all the latest goings-on at Chasewater Railway and railway news. To keep up-to-date with all that’s going on at the railway, why not join the Chasewater Railway Newsletter?

Service Update (Leaflet Error)

Service Update

Due to an error in the printed 2017 leaflet, we are advising there is no service running on Thursday 27th July.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chasewater Railway Volunteers.



Gift& Model shop sale on some ranges.

Both our gift shops at BHW & CWH have for a limited time, discounted certain discontinued and clearance lines on a range of stock….get your bargains whilst you can so drop in during your visit to us.



Volunteer Opportunities at Chasewater Railway

 

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Make new friends, learn new skills. Chasewater Railway is run by working members who are all Volunteers. You don’t have to have railway experience so if you like what you have seen here at the railway or find yourself with time on your hands, why not join our friendly team? With hours to suit, as little or as much time as you want to give, can make a real difference. With opportunities to work in different departments; Operations – footplate (steam & diesel) crews, Carriage and Wagon, Museum, Shops, Station Staff, Train Crews (Guard and Travelling Ticket Inspector), Maintenance and Restorations of Rolling Stock, Permanent Way (track), Building maintenance, Administration, Marketing, Narrow Gauge, Model Railway and Events. Previous experience is not necessary as full training will be provided, we are always looking to welcome new Volunteers. Under 21 years? Then join our very active Junior Team, not only are they involved in Operations and Permanent Way work, they also organise events such as Santa specials and the Halloween Special, which have been very successful. With their modern approach they keep in touch and up to date with their own group on Facebook. Whatever your skills and experience, working, house person, retired or studying, there’s something for you at Chasewater Railway.

If you want to find out more just email volunteers@chasewaterrailway.co.uk or pop in during our normal opening hours (Weds -Sun 11- 3 is best). Subject to volunteer availability we would be only to happy to show you round and discuss it further with you. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

 



Easter Holiday 2017 services information

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Four days of trains this Easter weekend!
Diesel service:
Friday & Saturday 14th/15th April
Steam service:
Sunday & Monday 16th/17th April
Monday bring your teddy to meet TEDDY:
As an added bonus our little pocket peckett TEDDY will be giving brake van rides in our Brownhills west yard on Monday along side our steam passenger service. Standard ticket prices apply
Trains depart Brownhills at 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:45, 16:00

Monday brake van rides between 11:15 and 16:30

Plus we run on Thursday 20th April with a Diesel Trains service which departs Brownhills at 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:45

As usual also open will be our Museum, Tea room, Model railway and gift shop at Brownhills West and our gift shop at Chasewater Heaths.



Industrial Gala- Spring 2017 March 18/19th

We are pleased to announce details of our next event which is a “Small but perfectly formed” theme Industrial Gala on the 18th/19th March

Gala update for Sun 19th March : 

The North British locomotive has unfortunately had to be taken out of traffic today. The published timetable will be revised to reflect this change.

The BHW to CWH bay brake van rides will be hauled by
Colin McAndrew and Teddy.

The 3 coach passenger train will be hauled by Steam Rosyth No.1 & Diesel D3429.

The coal/mineral set will be hauled by some of our other resident diesel fleet but we hope to feature new arrival Vanguard “Helen” on this set during the day

All subject to availability/alteration

Day Rover tickets £9.95 Adult / £4.95 Child (No concessions/vouchers or HRA travel passes, Non working members £3.50 each Adult)  :

Our annual spring gala this year features three steam and two diesels(D2911 & D3429) on the main services plus other locos on shunting/demos at BHW station yard including some new arrivals. Timetable below.

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Our Gift shops – 2017 new ranges stocked

Our gift shop at Chasewater Heaths station has a fresh look for the 2017 season.

The biggest change is it now specialising in stocking a large range of Thomas “Take n Play” goods at competitive prices. They also stock gifts and confectionery/cold drinks. (Opening hours will be confirmed shortly but most weekends 10-4 subject to volunteer availability).

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The Gift & Model shop at Brownhills West is usually open Weds -Sunday (3pm weekdays/4pm Weekends, subject to volunteer availability) stocking a range of new and second hand model railway goods and accessories from major brands plus a range of Chasewater Railway branded gifts, Novelties, Books, Sweets, Other themed gifts and more..

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Latest arrivals at Chasewater Railway

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Chasewater Railway are pleased to announce the arrival of two long term residents courtesy of William Owen. The two Simplex rail motors will soon be able to be viewed on demonstration work here including possibly during the upcoming gala on March 18/19th. (photo Bryan Marks)
No. 15097 Simplex
0-4-0PM 15097 (works number 1930) was built by Motor Rail Ltd and was ultimately preserved after a long career at various English foundries. In preservation was first based at the Midland Railway – Butterley, but years of disuse caused the sale to Derby Industrial Museum for static display. Next it was moved to Ruddington where full restoration and repaint was undertaken. Painted (alongside Morris) into an anachronistic BR livery to resemble LNER Class Y11 shunters, but unlike Morris she still retains a petrol-burning engine. The loco is currently in BR Black with the Early Crest and named Ubique (everywhere in Latin) This is the motto of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers, also fits well due to the popularity nationwide of these vehicles. Moved to Chasewater Railway 1-02-17
No. 15099 Simplex
0-4-0DM Morris (works number 2028) was built at Motor Rail (Simplex) Works in Bedford and started out at Exeley & Sons Ltd in Shropshire from new. In 1935 the original petrol engine was replaced by a modern diesel design then was sold that year to Davy Morris Works in Loughborough (hence the name), working there until withdrawal in the late 1980s. Formerly based at the GCR in ruddington and has also visited other heritage railways. Moved to Chasewater Railway 1-02-17
The popular Simplex design proved extremely useful countrywide in both industrial and military applications and can pull more than their size would suggest. They join several similar vehicles that can be found here in our collection. (Some information used here is sourced from wikipedia)



The Sidings Tea Room

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Our tea room at Brownhills West is now reopen. We hope to see you again soon where a warm welcome will await you. Our traditional afternoon teas with vintage china, homemade cakes and fresh sandwiches, choice of drinks are available by pre booking. call us on 01543 452623 Weds-Sun 10am-3pm, visit in person or email hospitality@chasewaterrailway.co.uk . This is in addition to our usual menu of breakfast sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes, fresh sandwiches, cakes, snacks plus a full range of hot and cold drinks both speciality and Instant, Ice Creams and more.

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2017 Events

Our 2017 events/brochure can be found here.

Our next event is :-

July 9th 2017 10am- 5pm Burton Breweries Locomotives Day

 

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Jan 1st 2017 – Mince Pie Special

Our Annual welcome to the New Year.

Once again on New Years Day we are providing a unique opportunity. Confirmed GEC No.261 formerly of Teeside steel works will be running. This will be the very first time this locomotive has been run outside industry and a rare opportunity to photograph and see it working. Trains start from BHW at 10:30am-dusk, anything goes only thing guaranteed is a warm welcome, mince pie(s) and relaxing atmosphere. We hope to run two steam and two diesels (subject to availability) details of these will appear on our Facebook page when confirmed.

Standard 2017 Fares apply, no need to book in advance.

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