Legacy of the Great War on Cannock Chase

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Tackeroo Railway


Branching off the LNWR line at Milford & Brocton Station the railway crossed Milford Common passing through the grounds of the Sister Dora Convalescent Hospital to reach the foot of the cutting. The steep gradient of 1 in 20 would have been a challenge for engine drivers and firemen.

SJ9721 : Tackeroo Railway - Milford Common by John M SJ9720 : Tackeroo Railway - from Brocton Road to the cutting by John M SJ9720 : Tackeroo Railway - bottom of the cutting by John M SJ9720 : Tackeroo Railway - middle of the cutting by John M SJ9720 : Tackeroo Railway - top of the cutting by John M

Reaching the top of the cutting the railway crosses the Mere Brook on a high embankment climbing beside Hazelslade to reach the top of the bank at Coppice Hill.

SJ9720 : Tackeroo Railway - start of Mere Pits embankment by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - leaving the Mere Pits embankment by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - Mere Pits to Coppice Hill by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - above Hollywood Slade by John M

SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - above Mere Slade by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - above Hollywood Slade by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - reaches the top of the bank by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Coppice Hill by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - Coppice Hill by John M SJ9719 : Tackeroo Railway - Coppice Hill by John M

Entering Brocton Camp beside Freda's Grave the line heads towards Dry Pits and the Reservoir Tower (Glacial Boulder) branches ran to the power station and water pumping station.

SJ9818 : Tackeroo Railway - near Freda's Grave by John M SJ9718 : Tackeroo Railway - Brocton Camp by John M SJ9718 : Tackeroo Railway - embankment in Brocton Camp by John M SJ9718 : Tackeroo Railway - north of Dry Pits by John M SJ9718 : Tackeroo Railway - beside the Ordnance Store by John M SJ9818 : Tackeroo Railway - by the Reservoir Tower by John M SJ9818 : Tackeroo Railway - near to the Glacial Boulder by John M

A loop leaves to serve the Army Service Corps stores and the Coal Store at Chase Road Corner.

SJ9818 : Tackeroo Railway - on Brocton Field by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - Stores Loop by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - next to the Army Service Corps Stores by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching the Coal Stores by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Chase Road Corner by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - Coal Drop by John M

The loop rejoins the through-line as it climbs onto Anson's Bank.

SJ9818 : Tackeroo Railway - near Womere by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - railway junction above Chase Road Corner by John M SJ9817 : Tackeroo Railway - Anson's Bank by John M SJ9816 : Tackeroo Railway - Anson's Bank by John M

A sharp dip is required to cross the Oldacre valley beside Springslade Lodge and the Katyn Memorial.

SJ9716 : Tackeroo Railway - near Katyn Memorial by John M SJ9716 : Tackeroo Railway - north from Springslade Lodge by John M SJ9716 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Springslade Lodge by John M SJ9816 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Dark Slade Wood by John M SJ9816 : Tackeroo Railway -  towards Dark Slade by John M

The climb brings the railway to the summit level beside the Aspen car park at the edge of the Brocton Camp before descending through the forestry beside the German Cemetery to the edge of Rugeley Camp at Penkridge Bank Road.

SJ9816 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Aspen car park by John M SJ9815 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching Aspen car park by John M SJ9815 : Tackeroo Railway - towards the cemeteries by John M SJ9815 : Tackeroo Railway - between the cemeteries by John M SJ9815 : Tackeroo Railway - near the German Cemetery by John M SJ9815 : Tackeroo Railway - in the forestry by John M

SJ9915 : Tackeroo Railway - Penkridge Bank Road by John M SJ9915 : Tackeroo Railway - near Penkridge Bank Road by John M

The line continues down Brindley Valley to cross Brindley Heath Road. The original direct ascent using the line of Brindley Heath Road was found to be too steep.

SJ9915 : Tackeroo Railway - Brindley Valley by John M SK0014 : Tackeroo Railway - Brindley Valley by John M SK0014 : Tackeroo Railway - Brindley Heath Road by John M SK0014 : Tackeroo Railway - Brindley Pools by John M SK0013 : Tackeroo Railway - Tackeroo Pools by John M

The railway arrived in the sidings for the newly opened West Cannock No 5 Pit at Hednesford with access to the Walsall to Rugeley Line. The through line is approximately 10km long.

At Penkridge Bank Road a branch line served the Rugeley Camp with a loop into the ammunition store.

SJ9916 : Tackeroo Railway - approaching the Ordnance Store by John M SK0016 : Tackeroo Railway - Ordnance Store Loop by John M SK0016 : Tackeroo Railway - Ordnance Store by John M SK0016 : Tackeroo Railway - Ordnance store by John M SK0016 : Tackeroo Railway - Ordnance Loop  towards Penkridge Bank by John M

A group of railway modellers are undertaking an interesting project on a section in Brocton Camp.
tackeroo railway projectExternal link

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