Welcome to our news update, it has been very busy at the railway since Santa went home for a well earned break after seeing over 8,000 people visit his grotto at Chasewater. Please see our Facebook page for regular updates and pictures of our latest news and projects progress.
Track work Brownhills West update.
The volunteers have been extremely busy working in all weathers to undertake this major project. Current progress has seen the removal of the sidings, level crossing and main line in this area including point work. The track bed has been inspected and consolidated with new ballast laid ready for re instatement of the new track alignment and refurbished point work. A new concrete level crossing was installed on the farmers crossing. After a vigorous growing season last year we have taken the chance do a lot of line side vegetation clearance work to improve safety and overall appearance from the window for the visitor.
Signal Boxes update.
We have had a major donation from Network Rail including the Brereton Sidings signal box and a vast range of signalling from along the Chase Line during it’s current signalling upgrade as part of it’s impending electrification. The former signal post BS30 has already been overhauled and installed on the approach to Brownhills West station. The box itself will be sited at Chasewater heaths station to control the BHW to CWH section. Also recovered was a suitable lever frame for the ex Hademore box (Chasewater Heaths Crossing now) , the box has been re roofed and refurbished stove is now in place to be followed shortly by the crossing gates control wheel which is currently receiving attention.
Meanwhile ex Madeley box now Brownhills West box is moving forward with rebuilt window frame currently been installed along with and electrical supply and further preparations for its return to use in the future
Also soon to arrive is this superb LNWR Outbuilding
This original LNWR out-building (dated between 1846 -1922) has been found in a local garden in Hammerwich. The building seems to of been used for issuing ticket…s as it has a hatch either side between the windows. It is remarkable to see a wooden structure which is as old as this is, with more or-less, all of its original features. The windows, bars, paint, ticket shelves, door complete with a stamped LNWR locking barrel are all original. The only modern thing attached to the building seems to be the guttering. The building was transported on a back of a coal truck not long after the station closed in 1965. It has been used as a garden shed ever since. It now has a bright future, as Chasewater railway will be using it (once refurbished), as a ground-frame hut at Church Street. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of the move at the end of February.
Brownhills West Station.
The station toilets have received a makeover which included many new fixtures and fitting such as Baby Change table, toilets themselves and re decoration and they are now ready for the upcoming season.
The station roof has seen repairs and repointing to cure some damage caused during recent bad weather and the opportunity was taken to give it a general once over at the same time.
We have invested heavily in site security with the stations, shops and heritage centre have a had a new up to date security system installed that is now monitored 24/7 and also our security providers business are now operating from our premises which brings the obvious benefits with them and proving added protection and piece of mind for our unique collection ensuring it is here for future generations to enjoy.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to welcoming you soon.