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, 27 June 2013

Crewe North 1946 - 1948

Princess Royal 4-6-2 6210 'Lady Patricia', in LMS livery, on Crewe North shed on 2nd May 1948.  Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Crewe North
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railwayshed codes
type:Brick built 12Ts and 4Ts dead ended sheds and an 8 track semi-roundhouse.1945 - 19675A
location:On the west side of the line, north of the station.opened:1865
access:A footbridge led from the north end of platform 1 to the shed.closed:1965
Site Location -
BR Database -
cl 2P 4-4-0Midland6cl 2P 4-4-0Midland60
cl 4P 4-4-0LMS4cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS32
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS1cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)LMS20
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)LMS1cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)LMS10
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)LMS1cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)LMS80
cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS18cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS428
Patriot 4-6-0LMS15Patriot 4-6-0LMS70
Jubilee 4-6-0LMS13Jubilee 4-6-0LMS190
Royal Scot 4-6-0LMS6Royal Scot 4-6-0LMS170
Princess 4-6-2LMS8Princess 4-6-2LMS30
Coronation 4-6-2LMS7Coronation 4-6-2LMS150
cl 2MT 2-6-0LMS2BR cl 8P 4-6-2BR10
cl 1P 2-4-2TLNW1Britannia 4-6-2BR028
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)LNW2BR cl 2MT 2-6-0BR10
Sunday 10th March 19465Atotal:90
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
35320H48015A52454A61231B Royal Irish Fusilier xw
4025B480422A530710B61301B The West Yorkshire Regiment
4925A48085A53145A61475A The Northamptonshire Regiment
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)48355A53175A61565A The South Wales Borderer
6595A48365A53467A61577C The Royal Artilleryman
6605A48375A53529A615812B The Loyal Regiment
cl 4P 4-4-048385A53545A61665A London Rifle Brigade
10937B48635A53755A61675A The Hertfordshire Regiment
11155A486812B54045A61691B The Boy Scout xw
11575A490612BJubilee 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)49085A55555A Quebec aw622427A Princess Alexandra
24035A50345B559512B Southern Rhodesia623227A Duchess of Montrose
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)56013B British Guiana62335A Duchess of Sutherland xw
24475A66055A56175A Mauritius xw62365A City of Bradford
24695A67115A56375A Windward Islands62431B City of Lancaster xw
25445A67425A564630A Napier xw625027A City of Litchfield xw
26085Acl 3F 0-6-0T566314B Jervis xw62525A City of Leicester xw
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)75955E56665A CornwallisPrincess Royal 4-6-2
78216Acl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)56685A Madden62015A Princess Elizabeth
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)92002F567126A Prince Rupert xw62065A Princess Marie Louise
285835Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)567312B Keppel62075A Prin. Arthur of Connaught
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)93965B56745A Duncan62105A Lady Patricia
275905Bcl 4F 0-6-056765A CoddringtonPatriot 4-6-0
cl 4P 4-6-0 (LNW)43835D56865A St. Vincent55001A Patriot
258025C44995D56875A Neptune551610B Bedfordshire & Herts Reg.
cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)56885A Polyphemus55515A
29796Baw - awaiting works26xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-051xx 2-6-2Tcl 8F 2-8-0
xw - ex works2676GLO3817CDF5178WLN86935B
Sunday 11 May 19472.35pm - 3.05pm5Atotal:84
cl 2P 4-4-0cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2
4925A48075A55178A55425A622127A Queen Elizabeth xw
5295A48345A55225A Prestatyn62255A Duchess of Gloucester
6595A48635A55395A E. C. Trench62335A Duchess of Sutherland
cl 4P 4-4-048645A554112B Duke of Sutherland62355A City of Birmingham aw
11155A48655AJubilee 4-6-0624227A City of Glasgow xw
11197A48745A55555A Quebec62431B City of Lancaster xw
11565A489026A556312B Australia62441B King George VI
11669A493326A56138A Kenya62461B City of Manchester
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)494220A56175A Mauritius62471B City of Liverpool
22645A51137C56325A Tonga625112B City of Nottingham aw
22655A51285A56375A Windward Islands62525A City of Leicester
22665A517631A565324E BarhamRoyal Scot 4-6-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)52707A56755A Hardy610527A Cameron Highlander
23494A53055A56845A Jutland61195A Lancashire Fusilier
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)53142B56905A Leander xw61209A Royal Inniskilling Fusilier
243011A53265DPrincess Royal 4-6-261285A The Lovat Scouts
248424D53467A62015A Princess Elizabeth61415A North Staffordshire Reg.
254824A53695A62021B61521B King's Dragoon Guards..
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)53745A62095A Princess Beatrice61615A The King's Own
66055A54125A62115A Queen Maud61701B British Legion
665412D54454A62125A Duchess of Kentcl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)
67115A54935A5101 2-6-2Tcl 4P 4-6-0 (LNW)29517B92345A
Sunday 10 October 19485Atotal:93
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)
403225A447655A450711A4622612B Duchess of Norfolk22665A
4025A447665A51085A4622727A Duchess of Devonshire4267913A
404055A447695A51834A62485A City of Leedscl 4P 2-6-4T (F)
404472D48075A451968B62525A City of Leicester423054B
5275A48295A523012B625512B City of Hereford23095A
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)448385A52485BPatriot 4-6-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)
6595A48605A452834A55035A Royal Leicestershire Reg.4253723D
6605A448645A52945A4551510B Caernarvon425523D
cl 4P 4-4-048655A53015A4551812B Bradshawcl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)
9265A48723D453035A55225A Prestatyn aw92223C
411155A448755A534510B455235A Bangor xwcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)
11247A4488723C53508A455355A Sir Herbert Walker KCB *491156B
11605A50255A53826A4554112B Duke of Sutherlandcl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)
411675A450342A454004A455485A Lytham & St. Annes283855A
11735Acl 4F 0-6-0454225A55491AJubilee 4-6-0
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)43695A54935A455515A456005A Bermuda
412195A new43845B54957C56035A Soloman Islands
412205A newcl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)Royal Scot 4-6-0456305A Swaziland
412237B new466805A61155A Scots Guardsman56345A Trinidad
76615B461161B Irish Guardsman4564914B Hawkins xw
Princess Royal 4-6-2461305A West Yorkshire Regiment456845A Jutland xw
462045A Princess Louise461555A The Lancer456875A Neptune xw
62075A Prin. Arthur of Connaught4615812B The Loyal Regiment xw56885A Polyphemus
62125A Duchess of Kent461665A London Rifle Brigade57335A Novelty
* 45535 was ex-works after being rebuilt with taper boiler
Shed Codes 1946 - 1948
1A Willesden1B Camden2A Rugby2B Bletchley2D Nuneaton2F Woodford Halse
3B Bushbury3C Walsall3D Aston4A Shrewsbury4B Swansea Victoria5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction
7A Llandudno Jct.7B Bangor7C Holyhead8A Edge Hill8B Warrington9A Longsight
10B Preston11A Carnforth12B Carlisle Upperby12D Workington13A Plaistow14B Kentish Town
20A Leeds Holbeck20H Lancaster22A Bristol Barrow Rd.23C Southport23D Wigan L&Y24A Accrington
24D Lower Darwen24E Blackpool26A Newton Heath27A Polmadie30A Corkerhill31A St. Rollox
CDF Cardiff CantonGLO Gloucester GWRWLN Wellington

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