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, 21 June 2013

Chester Northgate 1947 - 1959

For a long time the passenger traffic from Chester Northgate was in the hands of these Robinson built class C13 4-4-2Ts.  This one, 7413 was seen on the turntable at Northgate shed. Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Chester Northgate
Pre Grouping Ownership - Cheshire Lines Railway
type:A brick built 2Ts dead-ended shed.article -
location:In the Goods Yard on the east side of Chester Northgate station.
access:Through the Goods Yard, adjacent to Northgate station.
Site Location -
BR Database -
Shed Profileopened:1874closed:1960
shed codes6D6D
1945 - 1949CHRallocation1950allocation1959
1949 - 19606DJ10 0-6-0GCR2cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS1
C13 4-4-2TGCR5cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)LMS4
N5 0-6-2TGCR2BR cl 2 2-6-0BR5
9BR cl 2 2-6-2TBR1
Sunday 14 September 1947CHRtotal:10
C12 4-4-2T (GNR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)
Shed Codes7436CHR
CHR Chester N'thgateGOR GortonIMM ImminghamLIV BrunswickNTH NorthwichWRX Wrexham
Sunday 12 September 1948CHRtotal:12
C13 4-4-2T (GCR)D10 4-4-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)J39 0-6-0
E7400CHR67433WRX62651TFD Purdon Viccars5145STP64755GOR
67413CHR7436CHRN5 0-6-2T (GCR)5167CHR4823TFD
Shed CodesCHR Chester N'thgateGOR GortonTFD Trafford ParkSTP StockportWRX Wrexham
Sunday 25 September 19496Dtotal:8
O1 2-8-0 (GNR)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)
Shed Codes692906E651479G651859F
6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham9E Trafford Park9F Heaton Mersey9G Northwich39A Gorton
Sunday 27 May 19516Dtotal:13
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J11 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)
404306A692746D692936D6373939AJ39 0-6-0674146D
Shed Codes6A Chester Midland6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham39A Gorton
Wednesday 4 April 19536Dtotal:11
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)J39 0-6-0J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)
693326DD10 4-4-0 (GCR)674326E674366D
693406D626529G Edwin A. Beazley
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham39A Gorton
Sunday 18 April 19546Dtotal:15
cl 2P 2-6-2T (I)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)J39 0-6-0O4 2-8-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)
412346D692816D693326D6475539ABR cl 2P 2-6-2T674366D
412356DD11 4-4-0 (GCR)840036E
412396D626619E Gerard Powys Dewhurst
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham8E Brunswick9E Trafford Park39A Gorton
Sunday 4 September 19556Dtotal:13
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 2P 2-6-2T (I)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)C13 4-4-2T (GCR)
BR cl 2P 2-6-2T693326D6371339A651436D674336D
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham6G Llandudno Jct.8E Brunswick39A Gorton
Sunday 23 September 19566Dtotal:14
cl 2P 2-6-2T (I)N5 0-6-2T (GCR)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)J10 0-6-0 (GCR)BR cl 2MT 2-6-0
412316D413246DBR cl 2P 2-6-2TJ39 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0780576D
Shed Codes6D Chester Northgate6E Wrexham39A Gorton
Sunday 28 September 19586Dtotal:15
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 2P 4-4-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)BR cl 2MT 2-6-0
BR cl 2P 2-6-2Tcl 4P 4-4-0423086D636009G637679G780556D
Shed Codes6A Chester Midland6D Chester Northgate84K Wrexham9G Gorton
Thursday 11 June 19596Dtotal:10
cl 2P 2-6-2T (I)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)O4 2-8-0 (GCR)BR cl 4 4-6-0BR cl 2MT 2-6-0BR cl 3 2-6-2T
4124184H424176D780586DBR cl 2P 2-6-2T
Shed Codes6A Chester Midland6D Chester Northgate84H Wellington84K Wrexham9G Gorton
The shed was closed to steam on 4th January 1960 and was then used to house diesel multiple units.

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