THE Chasewater Railway held an event on April 6-7 to mark the 25th anniversary of the closure of Littleton Colliery.
The pit was located near Cannock, Staffordshire. It closed on December 3, 1993 and was the last working coal mine in the Cannock Chase Coalfield, thus ending deep mining in Staffordshire.
‘Janus’ 0-6-0DE (Yorkshire 2748 of 1959) No. 6 Roger H. Bennett was visiting from the Churnet Valley Railway. It is seen at Chasewater Heaths with Class 08 No.08359, recently returned from a visit to the Telford Steam Railway.
When the ‘Gronk’ went to Telford for the winter it was in BR green, numbered D3429.
A few Chasewater volunteers repainted it in BR blue and applied its TOPS number. This was much to the surprise of those at Chasewater when it returned. ALISTAIR GRIEVE
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