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, 28 March 2013

Gorton Works 1961

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:
Tuesday 10 January 1961
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)BR 9F 2-10-0WD 2-8-0
6360740BJ39 0-6-09215121A9005936C9027541J9058650B
6361336A647279GEM1/EM2 electrics9012036C9023818B9061955G
6384341F2603227003works dump
D11 4-4-0cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4P 4-4-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)
6266041A Butler Henderson W4053817A W4112385E W6362941A W
Sunday 26 March 1961
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
6360636C6379336CJ11 0-6-0 (GCR)6480652B9016241D9024355D
6367941J6392056ABR 9F 2-10-09020241D9057740A
637669Gold iron foundry9216415B9020341F9063356A
6377040ED11 4-4-0EM2 electricEM1 electrics
6266041A Butler Henderson W27002260172605426057
works dump
cl 2P 0-4-4T (St)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 4P 2-6-4TO4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)
419079A W4720414B W423009E W636499G W643109G W6444640B W
419089A W4731230A W6431741J W
Saturday 8 April 1961
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
6364736E6391436EEM1 electrics9016241D9061155D9216226A
old iron foundry9044340B
D11 4-4-0works yard
6266041A Butler Henderson WO4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
ex works on shed6375040E6435916D9020241D9061055D
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-06380736CEM1 electrics9024355D9061755E
6359341F xw9014541D xw6390241J26056
6360636C xw9020341F xwworks dump
9042141F xwcl 3F 0-6-0TO4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)
4731230A W636499G W6444640B W
Sunday 7 May 1961
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0EM1 electrics
6369741J6390636C6378441HBR 9F 2-10-09023934EEM2 electric
works yardold iron foundry
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0D11 4-4-0
6380736C6361941H9002940B9066841F6266041A Butler Henderson W
6384141FJ11 0-6-0 (GCR)9022334E9071436C
works dump
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)
4006526A W436249G W438099G W635739G W6374736C W6444741A W
6359741J W
Saturday 27 May 1961
erecting shop & yard
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
6378916DEM1/EM2 electricsBR 9F 2-10-09005534E9031141F9068455C
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)26006260469205415A9007936A9045336A9071436C
works dumpold iron foundry
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)D11 4-4-0
635739G W6362636C W6378236E W6431341H W6266041A Butler Henderson W
6359741J W6366236C W6384541H W6444441H W
6360836E W6374736C W6444741A W
Sunday 25 June 1961
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0EM1 electrics
6363356B6382741H6385416D9000736C9042536COld Foundary
6365140B6387741F6387452H9002536C9068455CD11 4-4-0
6370141F6391341FJ11 0-6-0 (GCR)9007036C907012F6266041A W
6371741J6435916D9007936A9072526CButler Henderson
works dumpfor preservation
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0
6362636C W639159G W643379G W647489G W6484551L W
Sunday 13 August 1961
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0EM1 electrics
6363641J637199GBR 9F 2-10-09012934E9019541F26042
6366141F6373840B9215415A9016136C9035755EOld Foundary
6368341J6384552HO1 2-8-0 (GNR)9016934E9049141FD11 4-4-0
6369240B6387741F6387441Fworks dump6266041A W
6370141F6391341FJ11 0-6-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)Butler Henderson
paint shop644359G643379G W6440241F Wfor preservation
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)6436441J W6442741J W
Sunday 15 October 1961
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)BR 9F 2-10-0WD 2-8-0
6372636E6389941HEM1 electrics9008841J9026624C9051040E
works yard9021141F
WD 2-8-0ex works on shed
9000034E9038441F aw9070334EO4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)
9024355D9040226Eaw - awaiting works6360441A xw6377341H xw6386831B xw
9029636A9063636A awO1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-06378031B xw6387452H xw
9033655D9067355E aw6390116D9038340E xw6380816D xwxw - ex works
9035926B906972F awworks dump
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0
433302F W6438536C W6386040E W6483956B W
Shed Codes 19612F Woodford Halse8D Widnes9A Longsight9E Trafford Park9G Gorton
14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough16D Annesley17A Derby18A Toton18B Westhouses
21A Saltley24C Lostock Hall26A Newton Heath26B Agecroft26C Bolton26E Lees, Oldham
30A Stratford31B March34E New England36A Doncaster36C Frodingham36E Retford
40A Lincoln40B Immingham40E Colwick41A Sheffield Darnall41D Canklow41F Mexborough
41H Staveley GC41J Langwith Junction50B Hull Dairycoates51L Thornaby52B Heaton52H Tyne Dock
55C Farnley Junction55D Royston55E Normanton55G Huddersfield56A Wakefield56B Ardsley
56F Low Moor85E Gloucester LMS

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