Bank Hall Locomotive Depot in 1948: two ex-Lancashire & Yorkshire engines outside the smaller through Shed: ex-L&Y 1F 0-6-0T No. 11535, fitted with dumb buffers and swinging spark-arrestor for working in the Docks; behind it is Class 30 6F 0-8-0 No. 12782. (Beyond can be glimpsed an 8F 2-8-0 with the unusual combination of 'M' as well as the BR initial '4' added to its number). Photo: 20 June 1848 by Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Recording Locomotive Sightings 1943 - 1968
A generation of enthusiasts recorded the movements of locomotives around the railway system. These records of visits to locomotive depots have been collected and carefully analysed to provide an overall portrait for the period 1943 to 1968. During that period of steam's final years, there was a marked change from the pre-grouping types that still found work at a few depots, to the modern BR designs that worked until the end in 1968. The handling of freight and passenger services was a major undertaking from town and cities, ports, coal mines and factories. All of it traversed the labyrinth of lines that criss-crossed the country. There were numerous 'sheds' spread throughout the length and breadth of the land that provided and serviced the vast army of steam locomotives (20,000 in 1948). Here is just a taste of that history.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Birkenhead 1947 - 1950

Pre-Grouping Ownership - London North Western Railway & Great Western Railway Joint
type:Two 8TS dead-ended sheds built alongside each other.
location:At the end of a spur on the west side of the Chester line, about 1200 yards south of Woodside station.
access:The shed entrance was a door at the end of Mollington Street.
Site Location -
Birkenhead Shed 1965 -
Shed Profile6C -19456C6C8H
allocationBHD -1947195019591965
opened:187814xx 0-4-2TGWR0100
closed:6th November 19671901 0-6-0TGWR5300
850 0-6-0PTGWR0010
GWR shed codes:2021 0-6-0TGWR6910
pre 1948BHD57xx 0-6-0PTGWR5600
LMS shed codes:64xx 0-6-0PTGWR2000
pre 19486C51xx 2-6-2TGWR101000
47xx 2-8-0GWR1100
28xx 2-8-0GWR2000
joint shed codes43xx 2-6-0GWR8500
1948 - 19636CGrange 4-6-0GWR2600
1963 - 19678Hcl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)LMS8960
cl 2 2-6-2T (I)LMS0010
cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)Midland5300
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)LMS0003
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)LMS0052
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)LMS20511
cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)LMS4640
cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS0010
cl 2F 0-6-0T (F)LMS3300
cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS98109
cl 0F 0-4-0STLMS0020
cl 8F 2-8-0LMS09718
cl 7F 0-8-0LMS6000
cl 1F 0-6-2T (Wb)LNW1000
cl 2F 0-6-0STL&Y2220
cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)L&Y5500
cl 2F 0-6-0TNLR6500
BR cl 5 4-6-0BR0020
BR cl 4 2-6-4TBR0030
BR cl 2 2-6-2TBR0020
BR cl 9F 2-10-0BR00032
VisitsWD 2-8-0WD1240
Sunday 23 February 1947BHD/6Ctotal:76
LMS shed - 6C
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)Jubilee 4-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0T (F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 7F 0-8-0
1016C555717A New Brunswick71646C122146C901820B
1106Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)71666C122326C90526B
1296C28496C275176Ccl 3F 0-6-0T122706C90993D
1366Ccl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0ST75076C124576C91726C
cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)40645B114416C75306C124656C92188C
17146Ccl 5MT 4-6-076746Ccl 7F 0-8-0 (F)92566C
18186C53216Ccl 8F 2-8-0952424C92846C
GWR shed - BHD
2021 0-6-0T1901 0-6-0T57xx 0-6-0PT51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0
2104BHD1968BHD8725BHD4128BHD6346BHD3150 2-6-2T
2108BHD2006BHDGrange 4-6-08393BHD
2129BHD64xx 0-6-0PT6819BHD Highnam GrangeHall 4-6-0
6405BHD6878BHD Longford Grange5923CHR Colston Hall
Shed Codes3A Bescot3D Aston4A Shrewsbury5B Crewe South6B Mold Junction
6C Birkenhead LMS8C Speke Junction17A Derby20B Stourton24C Lostock Hall25A Wakefield
BHD Birkenhead GWRCHR Chester GWRCDF Cardiff CantonPPRD Pontypool Road
Sunday 20 June 1948BHD/6Ctotal:85
LMS shed - 6C
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)cl 7F 0-8-0
1046C418536Ccl 8F 2-8-0122706C275226C490328A
1106Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)83734A124656C275286C92446C
1216C28113D484575Bcl 2F 0-6-0ST275326C492478B
1296Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (St)486601A513136Ccl 3F 0-6-0T92586C
1326C29706C87585Bcl 2F 0-6-0T (F)M75076C93396C
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (Clf)471646C76746Ccl 7F 0-8-0 (F)
GWR shed - BHD
2021 0-6-0T57xx 0-6-0PT51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0
2106BHD8725BHD4122BHD4126BHD5316BHDWD 2-8-0
1901 0-6-0T2181 0-6-0T4125BHD3150 2-6-2T6350BHD77151OXY
1917BHD2189BHD3169BHD6376BHD47xx 2-8-0
2004BHD64xx 0-6-0PT4704BHD
2006BHD6405BHDGrange 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
6878BHD Longford Grange6946CDF Heatherden Hall
Shed Codes1A Willesden3A Bescot3D Aston4A Shrewsbury5B Crewe South
6C Birkenhead LMS8A Edge Hill8B Warington9A Longsight10A Springs Branch20B Stourton
25D MirfieldBAN BanburyBHD Birkenhead GWRCDF Cardiff CantonOXF OxfordOXY Oxley
Sunday 21 May 19506Ctotal:74
1901 0-6-0T2021 0-6-0T51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-0Grange 4-6-0
19176C21046C410284D53166C68196C Highnam Grange
19686C21066C41206C63506C68596C Yiewsley Grange
20046C21086C41226C63766C68606C Aberporth Grange
57xx 0-6-0PT21526C41256C930281A68786C Longford Grange
36266C14xx 0-4-2T41266C3150 2-6-2T47xx 2-8-0
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)cl 8F 2-8-0cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
401026Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T483446C588576C
401106C429676Ccl 5MT 4-6-075076C484486Ccl 7F 0-8-0
1296C429706C448275Bcl 2F 0-6-0ST4865518AWD 2-8-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)429816Ccl 2F 0-6-0T (F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)486916C9014025G
Shed Codes3D Aston5B Crewe South6C Birkenhead8A Edge Hill9A Longsight
18A Toton25A Wakefield25G Farnley Junction81A Old Oak Common84D Leamington Spa86K Abergavenny

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