© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
Littleton colliery was situated on the western edge of
Cannock Chase, at the village of Huntington. It was
linked to the Wolverhampton - Stafford line at
Penkridge by a branch line about 4 miles in length -
downhill for empties, but with a significant gradient on
the last mile or so to the pit.
The locomotive stock in the mid-70s consisted of a number
of Hunslet and Yorkshire diesels - and an "Austerity"
0-6-0ST, "No 7", Hudswell Clarke 1752 of 1944. In 1976,
events were staged for enthusiasts, when a couple of
extra brakevans would be attached to a train of coal
wagons, and a number of runs would be performed up and
down the line.
No 7 later became better known as "Robert" at Bold
Colliery, and survived into preservation. Robert now lives
at "The Railway Age" at Crewe.
Industrial Railway Society
22 February 1976
24 April 1976
One last look...
I have no recollection whatever of taking this photo. It was
there, in the archives, amongst lots of other photos taken in
summer 1976 - on its own. No others taken at the same time...
Until I found it, I’d assumed there were just the two “open
days” at Littleton, but clearly (judging by all the heads in
brakevans) there was at least one more enthusiasts’ event. Does
anyone out there have any information on just how many events
there were (or simply the exact date of this event)?
This was my last visit to Littleton. Yes, I should have gone to
record diesel-hauled coal trains on the branch - but I didn’t.
There were other places to visit.