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.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Gorton Works 1950

Gorton Works
Built by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and opened in 1848
access:The Works entrance was on Lawton Street, a narrow street off Cornwall Street, Openshaw, Manchester
Site Location:
Aerial Photograph:
Sunday 30 April 1950
Works Yard and Erecting Shop
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0O1 2-8-0 (GNR)B2 4-6-0
6106638B430138A471439A6359438B6160032B Sandringham
6131538B6428236E6470240A6361038BB17 4-6-0
6131639B6428336B6471638A6375238B6161030A Honingham Hall
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)6431334E6473538A6378639A6162031A Clumber
6740139A6438536E6473840A6386338B6162231A Alnwick Castle
6740339A6439727E6474439AO4 2-8-0 (GCR)6162331A Lambton Castle
674356E6444039A6475539A387840B6163331B Kimbolton Castle
6743739AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)6477030F6357636C6165338A Huddersfield Town
J10 0-6-0 (GCR)6929827E6480332B6361736C6165530A Middlesborough
651319G6930940B6490440A6362140BD11 4-4-0 (GCR)
651689E693398E6498838A6365936C6266440B Princess Mary
652049E693439EEM1 electrics (new)6372736D6266840B Jutland
J94 0-6-0ST693599F26003260056376138A
works dump
B7 4-6-0 (GCR)D9 4-4-0 (GCR)Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)L3 2-6-4T (GCR)N4 0-6-2T (GCR)
6171039A W623019E W323137A W323836D W906636B W6924739B W
623129E W6323336D W6324137A W
Sunday 20 August 1950
Erecting shop
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6108838C6433138D6376839A362440B6162731A Aske Hall
6112238A6441539A6387239A364740B6164231A Kilverstone Hall
6115739A6442236EN5 0-6-2T (GCR)6371039B6165631B Leeds United
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)444236B930540B6374736C6167231B West Ham United
6744137AY3 0-4-0T932136E6380740ED10 4-4-0 (GCR)
J10 0-6-0 (GCR)6817940BA5 4-6-2T (GCR)381336B626569E Sir Clement Royds
651699GJ69 0-6-0T6982435B6382239BD11 4-4-0 (GCR)
6517727E6858527EWD 2-8-06386140D6266240B Prince of Wales
651799EL3 2-6-4T (GCR)6318338E6391736CEM1 electrics (new)
works yard
B1 4-6-0C13 4-4-2T (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6115039B6742339A6442640E6376238A6160830A Gunton
6122839A6741039AJ39 0-6-0379336C6162131A Hatfield House
6129938C674426E471439AE388939B6162331A Lambton Castle
6132940A6745037C482439AWD 2-8-06163631A Harlaxton Manor
S1 0-8-4T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)Y3 0-4-0T9039138A6165738A Doncaster Rovers
6990136B692728E6818439B313540B6165830A The Essex Regiment
990236BO1 2-8-0 (GNR)
paint shop
J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)L3 2-6-4TO4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
651498E6744837C6906534E6362636C6161832B Wynyard Park
N5 0-6-2T (GCR)6162031A Clumber
works dump
L3 2-6-4T (GCR)B7 4-6-0 (GCR)B5 4-6-0 (GCR)Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)D9 4-4-0 (GCR)
E905334E W6171139A W168636B W320737A W323336D W623059E W
E906834E WF2 2-4-2T (GCR)323137A W323836D W
710834A W6323237A W324137A W
Saturday 18 November 1950
Works Yard and Erecting Shop
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6112338A6428836B6357740E6371939A6162331A Lambton Castle
6114539B6428940E6358640B6373840B6163031A Tottenham Hotspur
6119540B643048E6361640B6374140E6163432B Hinchingbrooke
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)6434836E6363240D6379136B6164131B Gayton Hall
6743739A6440939A6363440E6380438A6164532B The Suffolk Regiment
J94 0-6-0ST6441440E6367353A6384736C6164932B Sheffield United
6800940BJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)6370038B6385840E6167032A City of London
Y3 0-4-0T651609F6370539A6388153AD10 4-4-0 (GCR)
6818439B651979F6370740E6388440E626579E Sir Berkeley Sheffield
N5 0-6-2T (GCR)6519910FO1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0works dump
6922739BEM1 electrics (new)6359039A6314540BQ4 0-8-0 (GCR)C4 4-4-2 (GCR)
6932240B260166386738B7863738D323336D W290040F W
9007338A6320336D W290940A W
6322936D W
Shed Codes6E Chester Northgate8E Brunswick9E Trafford Park9F Haton Mersey9G Northwich
10F Wigan Lower Ince27E Walton-on-the Hill30A Stratford30F Parkeston31A Cambridge31B March
32A Norwich32B Ipswich34A Kings Cross34E Neasden35B Grantham36B Mexborough
36C Frodingham36D Barnsley36E Retford37A Ardsley37C Bradford38A Colwick
38B Annesley38C Leicester GC38D Staveley GC38E Woodford Halse39A Gorton39B Sheffield Darnall
40A Lincoln40B Immingham40D Tuxford40E Langwith Junction40F Boston53A Hull Dairycoates
A Robinson built B5 4-6-0 known as "Fish Class" because of their association with Grimsby freights.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence.

Robinson built 20 of these class L3 2-6-4T for the GCR between 1914 and 1917.  Two of the class were amongst condemned locos seen at Gorton during 1950.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence.

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