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.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Chester Midland 1947 - 1956

Chester Midland
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railway
type:A brick built 8TS dead-ended shed,
location:On the north side of the Chester to Crewe lines, east of Chester Station.
access:A cinder path went from Hoole Lane.
Site Location -
Photo Feature -
Shed Profileallocation195019591965
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)LMS100
opened:1870cl 2P 4-4-0LMS210
closed:1967cl 4P 4-4-0LMS1310
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)LMS007
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)LMS920
cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS6718
shed codescl 3F 0-6-0TLMS782
1945 - 19676Acl 0F 0-4-0STLMS010
cl 2F 0-6-0Midland010
BR cl 5 4-6-0BR030
BR cl 4 4-6-0BR0102
BR cl 4P 2-6-4TBR0120
Sunday 14 September 19476Atotal:41
cl 3P 2-6-2T (F)cl 4P 4-4-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 6F 0-8-0
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)10826Acl 4P 2-6-4T (St)50426Acl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 7F 0-8-0
cl 2P 4-4-011507A25686A52976A76006A91056B
6717A11576A25876A53518Acl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)91126B
cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)11586Acl 5F 2-6-0 (St)537710C286186A92095B
124176A11605A29547A54036A"George V" cl 3P 4-4-0
11706A253506A253766A Snipe
Shed Codes5A Crewe North5B Crewe South6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead
7A Llandudno Jct.7D Rhyl8A Edge Hill8D Widnes10C Patricroft
Sunday 12 September 19486Atotal:45
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4P 4-4-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 4-4-0409336A11237A519910C52976A73756A
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)411066A11626A52476A454036A75046A
424506A11086Acl 4F 0-6-0cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 8F 2-8-0476006A
24516A11187AM40656B29766B87176Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (F)
425956Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)43835D29796Bcl 7F 0-8-0960826A
26176A4289717A"Precursor" cl 3P 4-4-090042A967325G
Shed Codes252976A Sirocco
2A Rugby4A Shrewsbury5D Stoke-on-Trent6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction7A Llandudno Jct.
7C Holyhead10A Springs Branch10C Patricroft17A Derby25G Huddersfield26A Newton Heath
Sunday 21 May 19506Atotal:41
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0TC13 4-4-2T (GCR)
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)410937A411576A448657C473836A674146D
424556A411086A411646A451137C76726Ccl 7F 0-8-0
425406A411216A411706A452866Bcl 4F 0-6-0492128C
425876Acl 2P 4-4-0cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)453826A443676B493229A
425886A405156A429658C453856Acl 8F 2-8-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)
Shed Codes4543810C
5A Crewe North6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham
7A Llandudno Jct.7C Holyhead7D Rhyl8C Speke Junction9A Longsight10C Patricroft
Sunday 27 May 19516Atotal:43
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)411086A424506A448406A453507C473746A
cl 2P 4-4-0411206A425876A449106A454026B475046A
406586A411247A426606A451326B4541110Ccl 8F 2-8-0
406757D411586Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)4514210C4542410C483426B
cl 1F 0-6-0T411696A427789A453005BC13 4-4-2T (GCR)484466B
5153527Acl 4F 0-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0674136D486736C
443676B4555810C Manitoba674366D487266C
Shed Codes5B Crewe South6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead6D Chester Northgate
6E Wrexham7C Holyhead7D Rhyl9A Longsight10C Patricroft27A Bank Hall
Sunday 2 May 19546Atotal:48
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0J10 0-6-0 (GCR)cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 4-4-0421596A447106A451326AC13 4-4-2T (GCR)473746A
4062810Ccl 4P 2-6-4T (St)449106A451806A674146D473756A
406586A424256A450016B452476AJ94 0-6-0ST473836A
cl 4P 4-4-0424516A450436A453766J680636F473896A
410936G425406A450745B4540110CJ72 0-6-0T (NER)cl 8F 2-8-0
411066A425686Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)BR cl 5MT 4-6-0686716E482536F
411086A425876A429205B730426AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)cl 7F 0-8-0
411206A425956Acl 5F 2-6-0 (St)7304310C692746D491438C
411536A426606A429616Ccl 4F 0-6-0693326DBR cl 4 4-6-0
Shed Codes443896G750116G
5A Crewe North5B Crewe South6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead6D Chester Northgate
6E Wrexham6F Bidston6G Llandudno Jct.6J Holyhead8C Speke Junction10C Patricroft
Sunday 6 March 19556Atotal:48
cl 2P 4-4-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
406296A424256A429555A447106A456435A Rodney
406586A424516A429565B447406G457215A Impregnable
cl 4P 4-4-0425406A429615A448405ABR cl 5MT 4-6-0BR cl 4 4-6-0
411646A426606Acl 3F 0-6-0T450456J730426A750336A
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 8F 2-8-0473246A450735BBR cl 2MT 2-6-0750396A
412356D482565B473756A4525910C780326KWD 2-8-0
483899A473836AN5 0-6-2T (GCR)780396K901786B
Shed Codes692936D902426B
5A Crewe North5B Crewe South6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6D Chester Northgate6G Llandudno Jct.
6H Bangor6J Holyhead6K Rhyl9A Longsight9F Trafford Park10C Patricroft
Sunday 29 July 195612.35pm - 12.50pm6Atotal:40
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 4-4-0421786A412376D4473526ABR cl 4 4-6-0473716B
405806A4218117Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)448686J750316A473746A
406586Acl 4P 2-6-4T (St)428155B452476B750346A473756A
406756A424506Acl 5F 2-6-0 (St)452756B750356A473896A
cl 4P 4-4-0424516A429716B4535210CJ10 0-6-0 (GCR)475046A
411066A425708A429805BBR cl 2MT 2-6-2T651406D476006A
425876A429816C840046E651436D0-6-0 diesel
Shed Codes426606A13178
1A Willesden