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.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Gorton Works 1955 - 1957

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 5 February 1955
works yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6358239A6378638B6428036E6439240D6742139A6930739A
6364738AJ39 0-6-06428940E6441636E674366D693179F
6366740E6473839B6431338D6442639AEM1 electric6935339A
6371339A6474738A6436039B26000
6385938A
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0C13 4-4-2T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6358339B6359638B6429940D6472136A6743837B6927138A
6360537A6372538B6430439A6480637AC14 4-4-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6361640B6376054B6437736B6483238A6744739A9028838A
6369039B6390138B6440036B6489836EY3 0-4-0TEM1 electrics
6372836C6496239B681626E2600526028
6382938Aworks dump
works traffic on shedD10 4-4-0 (GCR)L3 2-6-4T (GCR)
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)626589G Prince George W690529G W
6376436A6379538B651828E
6378236EJ11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6378738D6431738D9021838E
6386538B6433339A9043238A
6389736B
Sunday 13 November 1955
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J39 0-6-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6359740B6381238A6367838B6473839B6429139B W6929827E
6367336B6381638B6371138B6474439B6433436A W693356E
6371039B6388839B6388738B6474539A6439439B693466E
6371639A6388939BJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)6475437A6440638B6935339A W
6372736D6391540E6514410F6495135C6441339A WWD 2-8-0
C14 4-4-2T (GCR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)651539EEM1 electricsEM2 electric9049138A
674426E685316E W651578D2600026049270019049938A
6519227E26035
works dump
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)L3 2-6-4T (GCR)D10 4-4-0 (GCR)
6428236E W6432639A W6435840E W6905038E W626539G Sir Edward Fraser W
6429940D W6434239A W6436938A W690529G W626589G Prince George W
6430138A W6435636B W6439038A WM1 0-6-4T (GCR)
6432340B W6145
Sunday 18 March 1956
works yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0C13 4-4-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6364039B6428336E6472037A6495435C6742737A9006638A
6374938D6432136E6476338A6496535CN5 0-6-2T (GCR)9043238A
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6435739A6479838AJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)693296E
6368938B6436540A651659G693398E W
6386838B6436839A
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J94 0-6-0STWD 2-8-0
6358837A6384136B6359038B6435140A680066F9071738A
6360441A6384641A6367838B6437636A6807939AEM1 electrics
6361336A6385938AJ39 0-6-06438838EN5 0-6-2T (GCR)2600026043
6361836A6387040E6474738A6439240D6935434E2600826050
6372336B6389839B6496136E
works dump
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)L3 2-6-4T (GCR)
6430740B W6437038B W6741539A W690529G W
6434239A W6437436B W674366D W
6435040A W
Sunday 27 May 1956
works yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)WD 2-8-0D10 4-4-0 (GCR)
6380138D6367038B6931940E9016138A626619G Gerard Powys Dewhurst
C14 4-4-2T (GCR)6368738B6932240C9051638E
6744839A6385654B
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6360736B6373441A6361938B6429439A9013938A9047338A
6365436E6377040B6378038B6435438B9016638A9067238A
6371836D6381638A6389038B6439638D9021838E9070338A
6373240E6384336BJ39 0-6-09036838Aelectrics
6474639B6496937AJ94 0-6-0ST2600426026
6490337C6806439A2600827004
works dump
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6430740B W6436039B W651659G W674366D W692546E W
6434239A W6437436B W
Sunday 31 March 1957
erecting shop & yardworks dump
B1 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0J11 0-6-0 (GCR)
6116139A6357441A6377238D6428839A9003638A6430340A W
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)6359336B6378738D6429839A9015438A6431240B W
6357838B6363440E6379836B6433740E9049938A6443236B W
6368938B6364838D6384839A6435236B9057438E6444836D W
J39 0-6-06367236B6385536A6439738A9063838E
6484056B6367438A6387738DC13 4-4-2T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6487841AEM1 electrics6742034E6930938D
260032602326037
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham8D Widnes8E Brunswick9F Heaton Mersey
9G Northwich10F Wigan Lower Ince27E Walton-on-the Hill34E Neasden35C Spittle Bridge36A Doncaster
36B Mexborough36C Frodingham36D Barnsley36E Retford37A Ardsley37B Copley Hill
37C Bradford38A Colwick38B Annesley38D Staveley GC38E Woodford Halse39A Gorton
39B Sheffield Darnall40A Lincoln40B Immingham40C Louth40D Tuxford40E Langwith Jct.
41A Sheffield Darnell54B Tyne Dock56B Ardsley

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