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.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Gorton Works 1962

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 18 March 1962
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0EM1 electrics
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O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0
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Sunday 24 June 1962
erecting shop & yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
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works dump
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Sunday 29 July 1962
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0EM1 electricspaint shop
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works yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)0-6-0 dieselHymek dieselEM1 electrics
works dump
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Saturday 1 September 1962
erecting shop
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
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works yard
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works dumpex works on shed
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
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Sunday 14 October 1962
erecting shop
WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0O1 2-8-0 (GNR)EM1 electrics
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works yard
WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)EM1 electrics
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works dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
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Sunday 18 November 1962
erecting shop and yard
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0EM1 electrics
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works dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
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Saturday 15 December 1962
erecting shop and yard
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0EM1 electrics
6364440E903462F9215318A9224286AEM2 electrics
works dump
O4 2-8-0 (GCR)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)WD 2-8-0
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Shed Codes 19622F Woodford Halse6F Bidston8F Springs Branch9G Gorton15A Wellingborough
15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland16D Annesley17C Rowsley18A Toton18B Westhouses
21A Saltley24B Rose Grove24C Lostock Hall24D Lower Darwen24F Fleetwood24J Lancaster
24L Carnforth26A Newton Heath26B Agecroft26C Bolton26D Bury26E Lees, Oldham
26F Patricroft27B Aintree34E New England36A Doncaster36C Frodingham36E Retford
40A Lincoln40B Immingham40E Colwick41A Sheffield Darnall41D Canklow41F Mexborough
41H Staveley GC41J Langwith Junction52G Sunderland52H Tyne Dock55D Royston55E Normanton
55G Huddersfield56A Wakefield56B Ardsley56D Mirfield82E Bristol Barrow Rd86A Newport Ebbw J.
88L Cardiff East Dock
Gorton Works closed on 1st May 1963 and the work was transferred to Crewe and Doncaster.

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