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.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Gorton Works 1959

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 25 January 1959
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
637169G6378536EEM1 electricsEM2 electrics9049241J9060841F
270029055036A* named Vulcan
works dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)
6366741J W6428541F W6434341G W6514253E W651789F W6741814D W
6366841F W6429641G W6434540E W6514553E W652089E W6742014D W
6433840E W644099G W651679E WQ1 0-8-0T
651708F W6993150C W6993350C W
Sunday 1 March 1959
works yardworks dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)
637169G6380331B6358141A W6379741A W6428541F W6514253E W
6383816DJ39 0-6-06366841F W6383541F W6429641G W651708F W
647409G6368241A W6387041J W6433840E W
6490756F6376936A W
Sunday 14 June 19592.20pm - 2.45pm
erecting shop & yard
cl 5MT 4-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
EM1 & EM2 locos6386040E901476B9039340B9062940E
works dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)
6361440E W6368241A W6376136C W6428541F W6433840E W6936141A W
6362941A W6369636C W6381241F W6428736E W6443040A W
6364041A W6369940E W6383541F W6429641G WD11 4-4-0 (GCR)
6366841F W6372940E W6383940E W642979G W6266541A Mons W
6367341F W6375641F W6384741A W643049G W
Shed Codes 19595B Crewe South6B Mold Junction8B Warrington8F Springs Branch9E Trafford Park
9G Gorton14D Neasden16D Annesley24B Rose Grove31B March34E New England
36A Doncaster36E Retford40B Immingham40E Colwick41A Sheffield Darnall41F Mexborough
41G Barnsley41J Langwith Junction50C Selby53E Goole55E Normanton56F Low Moor
O4 2-8-0 63760 after overhaul at Gorton on 8th November, 1958.  This Robinson designed engine was rebuilt by Thompson in 1944 with 100A boiler, Walschearts valve gear and new cylinders.  It was also fitted with specially designed pumps to operate the iron ore trains from Tyne Dock  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

C13 4-4-2T 67433 on Gorton Works scrap road on 8th November, 1958.  These engines were built by Robinson in 1903 for the Great Central Railway.  This member of the class was fitted for 'push and pull' working.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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