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.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Bradford Bowling Jct. 1954 - 1957

ex GNR, Gresley designed, J50T 0-6-0Ts were the mainstay of shunting and short trip workings in the West Riding.

Ex-GN Ivatt N1 0-6-2T's at Bradford Bowling Junction Locomotive Depot
9459 and 9479 were two of the many N1 0-6-2T's then used for various local services from Bradford Exchange, to Halifax, and Keighley.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Bradford Bowling Junction
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Northern Railway
type:A brick built 10 TS dead-ended shed.
location:On the south side of the Laisterdyke line, about three quarters of a mile from Bradford Exchange.
access:The entrance was off Bowling Back Lane, Bradford.
Site Location -
opened:1883closed: January 1958 (to steam).
codes:prior to 1949BRD1949 - 195637C1956 - 195856G
Sunday 25 July 195437Ctotal:35
B1 4-6-0N1 0-6-2T (GNR)J50 0-6-0T (GNR)
6103137C Reedbuck6943237C6945437C6889237C6893237C
O4 2-8-0J6 0-6-0 (GNR)6943337C6945937C6889537C6893337C
J39 0-6-06420837A6943937C6947437C6889837C6894237C
shed codes
37A Ardsley37C Bradford
Sunday 3 April 19552.30pm - 2.40pm37Ctotal:37
B1 4-6-0J6 0-6-0 (GNR)N1 0-6-2T (GNR)J50 0-6-0T (GNR)
6103137C Reedbuck6417037C6943637C6889237C6893337C
6126837C6138637B R6420537C6944337C6889737C6894037C
diesel railcarsJ39 0-6-06422637C6944737C6889837C6894237C
E79005E795056490337C6426837C6944937C6890937A R6894337C R
E79000E795006490737CO4 2-8-06947137C6891237C6894437C
shed codes
37A Ardsley37B Leeds Copley Hill37C Bradford
Sunday 26 August 195612.10pm - 12.20pm56Gtotal:33
A1 4-6-2J6 0-6-0 (GNR)N1 0-6-2T (GNR)J50 0-6-0T (GNR)
6013356C Pommern R6417056G6943456G6889256G6893356G
B1 4-6-06422656G6944356G6889556G6893456G
6103156G ReedbuckO4 2-8-06944756G6889756G6894156G
6113156B6129656G R6392056G6945756G6889856G6894256G
6122956GJ39 0-6-06947456G6890856G6894356G
V2 2-6-26483656Bdiesel railcars6947856G6891256G6894456G
6091656B R6490356GE79000E795006892356G6895956G
shed codes
56B Ardsley56C Leeds Copley Hill56G Bradford
Sunday 28 April 195756Gtotal:31
B1 4-6-0J6 0-6-0 (GNR)N1 0-6-2T (GNR)J50 0-6-0T (GNR)
6132056CJ39 0-6-0diesel railcars6889856G6893356G6895956G
O4 2-8-06490356GE79002E795026891256G6894056G
shed codes
56B Ardsley56C Leeds Copley Hill56G Bradford

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