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.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Gorton Works 1951

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 11 February 1951
erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6110638C6358840D6430038B925039A6160530A Lincolnshire Regiment
6115238B6362336DE437940E692548E6165038E Grimsby Town
6115539AE364840E6438036E6930034E165932A East Anglian
6116939B369340B6441636E6166132D Sheffield Wednesday
6118239A6372636CC13 4-4-2T (GCR)EM1 electrics (new)D11 4-4-0 (GCR)
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6373939A6740439B26004260076266140B Gerard Powys Dewhurst
6374053A6383838B6741834E2600826009J94 0-6-0STS1 0-8-4T
works yard
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6115639A6429439A6740339A6320136D W6160630A Audley End
C4 4-4-2 (GCR)6429940D6740839A320336D W6162231A Alnwick Castle
290140F WE434440D6740936D320537A W6162831A Harewood House
B4 4-6-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6743436DWD 2-8-06163831A Melton Hall
148237A W6363038B674366D7863738DD11 4-4-0 (GCR)J94 0-6-0ST
6385438BO4 2-8-0 (GCR)626709E Marne68012
paint shop6358239ADump
B17 4-6-0C4 4-4-2 (GCR)Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)
6164631B Gilwell Park290040F W322137A W323137A W
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)E322936D W323336D W
Sunday 20 May 1951
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6115339B6359938A6357838B6429740E6160530A Lincolnshire Regiment
6115939A6360439B6367653A6430340A6164031A Somerleyton Hall
6118339B6360836E6368938B6432040C6164131B Gayton Hall
6119140B6361338D6374638B6432639A6164231A Kilverstone Hall
6128850A6361838A6379638B6433038E6164732B Helmingham Hall
J39 0-6-06365140B6387453A6433239A6165138A Derby County
6474339A6369140D6388738B6434239A6165231A Darlington
6483637A6378536EC14 4-4-2T (GCR)6434336D6166031B Hull City
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)6385553A6744337A6436339AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)S1 0-8-4T
works dump6441539A693329F6990536B
Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)Y3 0-4-0T6441739BJ10 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
320336D W6323237A W681636E W6443539A651436D9022336B
323836D W6323336D WJ94 0-6-0ST651789FL3 2-6-4T
Sunday 8 July 1951
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6116239A6431139A6357740E6370639A6162131B Hatfield House
6118139B6434538D6359938A6373253A6162431A Lumley Castle
6118638C6436540A6360740B6373939A6163131A Serlby Hall
6120938BE440436B6363339A6374239A6163631A Harlaxton Manor
6140940B6443338D6366139B6376738B6164631B Gilwell Park
K3 2-6-06444539B6367740D6381653A6164830A Arsenal
6192253A6445039A6368639A6386439A6166132D Sheffield Wednesday
6192540AO1 2-8-0 (GNR)6369636C6389139A6166430A Liverpool
J10 0-6-06359438B6369736D6390636C6166738A Bradford
651869E6377738BN5 0-6-2T (GCR)J94 0-6-0ST6166832B Bradford City
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)6379238B6925734A6803340BD11 4-4-0 (GCR)
6741136D6388638B6928334E680679E626639F Prince Albert
674306EJ69 0-6-0T6928638EQ1 0-8-0T626649E Princess Mary
S1 0-8-4T684998E692896F6992940EEM1 electrics (new)
works dump260222602526028
Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)L3 2-6-4T
6320437A W6322337A W6324037A W6905534E W
6320737A W6323336D W324137A W
Sunday 12 August 1951
erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6111138A6359740E6361038B6740139A6166438E Liverpool
6118638C6372836C6376053A674146D6166738A Bradford
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)6381653A6377738BN5 0-6-2T (GCR)D10 4-4-0 (GCR)
6429636B6381940B6387238B692529E626569E Sir Clement Royds
6436540A6391539AQ1 0-8-0T692896FEM1 electrics (new)
6440839BS1 0-8-4T6993536C260362603826040
works yard
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6140640B6372038D6359438B6742539A6163131A Serlby Hall
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)6372338AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)674306E6166132D Sheffield Wednesday
644539G6382353A6925039AC14 4-4-2T (GCR)6166238A Manchester United
J10 0-6-06385653A6925734E6744637AD11 4-4-0 (GCR)
651849EJ94 0-6-0STS1 0-8-4TJ69 0-6-0T626649E Princess Mary
651869E680679E6990436B6849938EEM1 electrics (new)
works dump2601826022
Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)L3 2-6-4T
6323336D W324137A W6905534E W
Sunday 11 November 1951partial access - erecting shop was locked.
works yards
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)C14 4-4-2T (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6107838A6360340E6387938B6744839A6162331A Lambton Castle
6115739A6363139AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)6163331B Kimbolton Castle
J39 0-6-06366836B693406E6435840EJ94 0-6-0STY3 0-4-0T
J10 0-6-06376936A6936836DEM1 electric (new)6807640B
works dumppaint shop
Q4 0-8-0 (GCR)J62 0-6-0ST (GCR)B1 4-6-0C13 4-4-2T (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6323336D W682006E W6108240B6742139A6166932B Barnsley
324137A W674326E
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham8E Brunswick9E Trafford Park9F Heaton Mersey
9G Northwich10F Wigan Lower Ince27E Walton-on-the Hill30A Stratford30F Parkeston31A Cambridge
31B March32A Norwich32B Ipswich32D Yarmouth34A Kings Cross34E Neasden
35B Grantham36A Doncaster36B Mexborough36C Frodingham36D Barnsley36E Retford
37A Ardsley37C Bradford38A Colwick38B Annesley38C Leicester GC38D Staveley GC
38E Woodford Halse39A Gorton39B Sheffield Darnall40A Lincoln40B Immingham40D Tuxford
40E Langwith Jct.40F Boston50A York53A Hull Dairycoates

An ex GC Robinson built D11 4-4-0, 62669 Ypres at Sheffield Victoria.  This class was repaired at Gorton.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons attribution share alike licence.  
J62 0-6-0ST 68200 arrived at Gorton Works in November, 1951 for scrap.  It had been built  by Pollitt for the GCR and worked on the ex Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway shunting the docks at Connah's Quay.  The photo shows sister loco 8201 at Wrexham.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons attribution share alike licence.

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