Admission to the Museum is free and also accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties.
Visitors can view a vast array of railway items, some from as early as the 1800s. Although we try to focus on artefacts associated with the local area, with its strong links with the coal mining industry, our collections include items from much further afield. You don’t have to be an expert on railways to appreciate the inspirational displays prepared by our Museum Curator, Barry Bull, and his team of volunteer helpers.
The Museum has a searchable on-line catalogue with many thousands of images of the objects in our collection, including many not on display, and a large collection of historic photographs.
Our blog has news from the museum, including new items added to our collection. To contact the museum, or register for our occasional email newsletter, please use the contacts page on the museum web site.
Moving to the Museum area of the Heritage Centre, visitors are able to view a number of historic wagons and passenger coaches (the oldest having been built in 1875) which are part of our wider heritage collection. Many have strong local and regional connections, and all are of importance within the nation’s railway heritage.
We are able to accommodate organised groups, disabled visitors and bona fide students on non-operating days by prior arrangement.
The Railway is always on the look-out for items to add to the museum collection. If you have something in the garage or loft for which you would like to find a good home, then please don’t hesitate to let us know by telephone during operating hours or by completing our contact form.
We are continuing to receive some truly interesting railway and related artefacts, some of which are of local historical significance, ensuring the displays are constantly being enhanced and updated. We would welcome any further donations or loans of items for display at Chasewater.
Subject to availability, the Museum is open to the public between 11.00am and 3.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout our operating period. Direction signage is provided from the station platform.
Curator wins museum Volunteer of Year Award!
Our Museum Curator Barry Bull has won the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday 11th September. Judges cited Barry’s 50 years of service to the museum, his team leadership, and enthusiasm to share his knowledge with visitors.
Barry faced strong competition from the 11 finalists in the Individual Category of the West Midlands Museum Volunteer Awards, all of whom had made significant and outstanding contributions to their museums.
At the ceremony it took a moment to persuade Barry that this was for real, and that he had to go down to the stage to receive his award. Indeed, one of Barry’s attributes as curator is his reluctance to “be noticed”, wishing to simply work alongside the museum team, and share his knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.
Barry said “It was a complete surprise, totally unexpected. I have worked alongside so many other volunteers in the museum over the decades and I would like to pay tribute to all their hard work. It was good to share the stage with the Young Volunteer of the Year, and to see his enthusiasm and dedication. I hope our young volunteers have as rewarding and enjoyable a time as I have had over the decades.”
The award is an individually crafted ceramic tile, specially made at the Jackfield Tile Museum, part of the Ironbridge Gorge group of museums.
“Those throughout the heritage railway movement who know Barry, and the Chasewater Railway Museum in particular, will have little doubt that his endeavours over so many years fully justified the award. Congratulations and well done Barry.” commented David Bathurst, Museum Committee Chair.