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, 5 March 2013

Gorton Works 1953 & 1954

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: http://www.bing.com/maps/?lvl=14&cp=53.4696259632776~-2.17319941815727&FORM=MMREDR
Aerial Photograph: http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/epw019383
Visits
Saturday 16 May 1953
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)B17 4-6-0
6118638A6378938B6360836E6369240B6160830A Gunton
6122339A6386838B6361736C6373538AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)U1 2-8-8-2T
K3 2-6-0J39 0-6-06362838A6374638B692559E6999936B
6185253A6474239A6364139A6380539A692906EC13 4-4-2T (GCR)
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)6474738A6364340E6383838B6929639A6742139A
6428736E6476238A6364539B6387040E6931636BC14 4-4-2T (GCR)
6429439A6479838A6366936D6389340E6932136E6744839A
6430639A6482439B6369140DWD 2-8-0693326DJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)
6431936A6490337CJ94 0-6-0ST9003638A693359G651919E
6437140A6495538A6801840B9010436B693649EEM1 electrics
6441636E6496937A6806439A9028738A6936836D2600126035
6807139A9044838EEM2 electrics
paint shop2700027002
WD 2-8-0S1 0-8-4TB1 4-6-0EM1 electric27001all new
9040338D6990136B6137030A26056new
scrap yard
J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)D10 4-4-0 (GCR)
651648E W651909G W652019B W6740639B W626579E Sir Berkeley Sheffield W
Sunday 16 August 1953
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)J94 0-6-0STWD 2-8-0
6104232A6377738B6359938A651399G6807939A9026338A
6128338A6386338B6362838A651436DL3 2-6-4T9039138A
6132739BJ39 0-6-06366740E6514410F690529G9043238A
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)6474039A6374239A651668EN5 0-6-2T (GCR)9044938A
6422538A6483238A6376336D651858E6926338A9067238A
6438339A6484654C6376638A652099F6928539B9071738A
6439638D6490337C6378536EC13 4-4-2T (GCR)693326DEM2 electrics
6439936D6490737C6380438A6740739AU1 2-8-8-2T2700127002
6441140B6491837A6384639B6741938D6999936Bframes laid
paint shop6391238A674366D2700327004
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0works dump
6372836C6491837AC13 4-4-2T (GCR)D10 4-4-0 (GCR)
EM1 electrics6740639B W817639B W626559G The Earl of Kerry W
2602026057new
ex works on shed
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
6368340E6381238A6442836C6485454C9005138A9042338A
6370638D6384138AJ94 0-6-0ST9021838E
6807340B
Sunday 21 February 1954
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J94 0-6-0STQ1 0-8-0T (GCR)
6105638A6357838B6357539A6430936A680066F6993536C
6115039B6359038B6372038D6431738D6802640B6993636C
6116139A6364638B6372139A6432438E6806740BWD 2-8-0
6119636A6367638B6372437A6433638D6806940B9002538A
6123037C6367838B6386437A6436740EA5 4-6-2T (GCR)9003638A
6126938A6383740E6390536E6440436A6981038A9005038A
6132639AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)6392037C6442136E6982040B9028738A
6471739A6925039AJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)6445336A6982734E9047338A
6474239A6927736E651478EC13 4-4-2T (GCR)EM1 electricsEM2 electrics
6927938D674126E260372605127004new
D10 4-4-0 (GCR)C14 4-4-2T (GCR)
626509G Prince Henry W6744539A
Sunday 15 August 1954
erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)A5 4-6-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6106638B6359839A6470954C6431440B6981240E9003136C
6116237B6364340E6474139A6436138B6982040B9007538A
6120138A6369736D6473237A6443138B6983151A9049938A
6140640B6370238D6482338AEM1 electrics6983451E9069738E
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6372239B6484550D2600026025EM2 electricsJ94 0-6-0ST
6368738B6387738A6487839B2601927006new680306F
6374638B
works yard
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0J69 0-6-0T (GER)works dump
6105638A6365636D6435438B6472037A6858527EC13 4-4-2T (GCR)
6115736A6368438A6435840E6481039BN5 0-6-2T (GCR)6740838D W
6138637B6369539B6436839A6498338A6929736BL3 2-6-4T (GCR)
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6371938A6438036E6498838AWD 2-8-0690529G W
6375638A6376136C6440236EJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)9008438AN4 0-6-2T (GCR)
6388738B6442336E651329F6923539B W
ex works on shed
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)J94 0-6-0STU1 2-8-8-2T
6364440E6382836B651968E6807540B6999936B
6390436D
Sunday 3 October 1954
works yard and erecting shop
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0EM1 electrics
6109840B6364139A6433239A674136D9008038E2600726035
6113040B6368639A6434136E6742034E9008438A26019
6115639A6371939A6434336D6743839A9036538E
6119436B6384839A6438036EA5 4-6-2T (GCR)9039138A
6140840B6385737A6443338D6980738A9070338Aworks dump
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6386239AJ39 0-6-06982432AU1 2-8-8-2TC13 4-4-2T (GCR)
6376838B6389036C6471638A6982735B6999936B6742239A W
6377338B6389138A6476238A6983251AJ67 0-6-0T (GER)L3 2-6-4T (GCR)
6377738B6391136CJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)6983753B685846E690529G W
6378938B651329F6983851AJ69 0-6-0T (GER)N4 0-6-2T (GCR)
6984251A6858527E6923539B W
ex works on shed
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)Q1 0-8-0T (GCR)
6129637C6358738D6379439A6438739B6931239B6992636C
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6366540B6384538A6443539AA5 4-6-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6359138B6983151A9007538A
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham8E Brunswick9E Trafford Park9F Heaton Mersey
9G Northwich10F Wigan Lower Ince27E Walton-on-the Hill30A Stratford32A Norwich34E Neasden
35B Grantham36A Doncaster36B Mexborough36C Frodingham36D Barnsley36E Retford
37A Ardsley37B Copley Hill37C Bradford38A Colwick38B Annesley38D Staveley GC
38E Woodford Halse39A Gorton39B Sheffield Darnall40A Lincoln40B Immingham40D Tuxford
40E Langwith Jct.50D Starbeck51A Darlington51E Stockton53A Hull Dairycoates53B Hull Botanic Grds
54C Borough Gds
Robinson Class A5/1 4-6-2T No. 9828 was one of a fleet of engines employed on the suburban services from Marylebone to High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Aylesbury in the 1920's - 1950's.  They were repaired at Gorton from 1954 onwards. The copyright on this image is owned by Ben Brooksbank and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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