Railways

The 1860s saw the up and coming age of the Railway locomotive and there were numerous collieries  in production all over Cannock Chase who were keen to adopt this new form of rapid transport for their products. Plans were submitted to Parliament by the Cannock Chase and Wolverhampton Railway Company suggesting a railway from the north side of Chasewater to a junction with the Great Western Railway just to the north of Wolverhampton Low Level. The only section of this railway that was built was the section now in use by Chasewater Railway, which conjoined along the Reservoir’s south shore with the Midland Railway and the London & North Western Railway.

The Cannock Chase and  Wolverhampton Railway forms only part of the present railway at Chasewater. The first five-eighths of a mile from the Brownhills West terminus were constructed by the Midland Railway. This section included exchange sidings, where the Colliery Company locomotives deposited loaded trains for onward haulage by the main line Companies, and the collection of empty wagons for refilling.

The line used to be busy with a wonderful mixture of Midland Railway and London and North Western Railway locomotives. For further information on the history of Chasewater Railway visit the website www.chasewaterrailway.co.uk