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 1949 - 1952

Crewe North kept one of these elegant Webb class 1P 2-4-2Ts for local passenger duties until the end of 1952.  Here, one of this once numerous class, handles a train at Cheddington on the last day of service on 31st January, 1953. 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 -
Sunday 27 March 19495Atotal:93
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-0Patriot 4-6-0
4025A447115A new453184A464345A455019A St. Dunstan's aw
4485A447125A new453218Bcl 4F 0-6-0455075A Royal Tank Corps
4795A447135A new4534311A44525E455235A Bangor
5275A447155A new453879Acl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)455355A Sir Herbert Walker KCB
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)4474720A454224A90915C4553710B Private E. Sykes VC xw
6595A447595A54454A912510A55395A E. C. Trench
406605A47615A54463D492793A554112B Duke of Sutherland
cl 4P 4-4-047645A545012Bcl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)455515A
9266A447655A283855AJubilee 4-6-0
11125A447735ARoyal Scot 4-6-0455585A Manitoba
411675A4477520A4610466A Scottish Highlander455911A Udaipur xw
11735A48075A61135A Cameronian456035A Soloman Islands xw
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)448447A461195A Lancashire Fusilier56325A Tonga
412295A448755A461465A The Rifle Brigade4567010C Howard of Effingham xw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)4493912B461555A The Lancer aw456895A Ajax
423719D4498414B461655A The Ranger aw4571812B Dreadnought
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)50513DPrincess Royal 4-6-2457211A Impregnable xw
424279A450711A462085A Princess Helena Victoria457225A Defence
4245410C450925A462095A Princess Beatrice457245A Warspite
4248124C450958B462105A Lady Patricia57335A Novelty
426035D4513912BCoronation 4-6-2457345A Meteor
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)4526414B462335A Duchess of Sutherland457425A Connaught
466805A52814A462345A Duchess of Abercorncl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 4MT 2-6-0
67105A452866B462411B City of Edinburgh429628C430275B new
Shed Codes 194953137C462485A City of Leeds xwaw - awaiting worksxw - ex works
1A Willesden1B Camden3A Bescot3D Aston4A Shrewsbury5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction
7A Llandudno Jct.7C Holyhead8B Warrington8C Speke Junction9A Lonsight9D Buxton
10A Springs Branch10B Preston10C Patricroft11A Carnforth12B Carlisle Upperby14B Kentish Town
20A Leeds Holbeck24C Lostock Hall66A Polmadie
Sunday 26 March 19505Atotal:82
cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0
447105A449137B55525A Silver Jubilee455045A Royal Signals
447115A4497119B456035A Soloman Islands455075A Royal Tank Corps
447155A450957A456665A Cornwallis455135A455285A xw
447165A4514584G456818A Aboukier455475A
447585A4522426A456865A St. Vincent455485A Lytham & St. Annes
447625A4522927A457038A Thunderer xwRoyal Scot 4-6-0
447705A452895A457185A Dreadnought4610766A Argyll & Sutherland High…
447735A453038A457415A Leinster461229A Royal Ulster Rifleman xw
448006B453223APrincess Royal 4-6-2461255A 3rd Carabinier
448331A4533210B462018A Princess Elizabeth461285A The Lovat Scouts
4483584G4536812A462085A Princess Helena Victoria461305A West Yorkshire Reg. xw
448389A453722A462095A Princess Beatrice461421B York & Lancaster Reg. aw
448605A4540684G462125A Duchess of Kent461485A The Manchester Regiment
448647C4543684GCoronation 4-6-2461555A The Lancer
4487612A454412A462295A Duchess of Hamilton461665A London Rifle Brigade
4490511B4549412A462355A City of Birminghamcl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 4P 4-4-0462435A City of Lancaster423095A426028A
404025A409335A462465A City of Manchester423205C426775A
4132B411125A462471B City of Liverpool xw423465C
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 2MT 2-6-0cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 4F 0-6-0
406605A412295A464485A new466805A443015B
Sunday 15 July 19515Atotal:75
cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
446825A450956A455009A Patriot455865A Mysore
447145A451345B455045A Royal Signals455925A Indore aw
447415A451401A455115A Isle of Man456329A Tonga
447427A4533084G455135A aw4555112A456389A Zanzibar
447625A453528ARoyal Scot 4-6-04566126A Vernon
447645A4538710B461127C Sherwood Forester456691B Fisher
447655A4538812A461305A West Yorkshire Regiment456708A Howard of Effingham
447698A453912APrincess Royal 4-6-2456771B Beatty
448647C4540084G462055A Princess Victoria457099A Implacable
450202A454177B462075A Prin. Arthur of Connaught457239A Fearless
450641A454292A462105A Lady Patricia457409A Munster
450943Dcl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)462115A Queen MaudCoronation 4-6-2
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)412295ABritannia 4-6-24622266A Queen Mary
401225D412895A7001881A Flying Dutchman new462255A Duchess of Gloucester
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0462295A Duchess of Hamilton
403325A423095C443105D482865B4623266A Duchess of Montrose
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)443785Dcl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)462345A Duchess of Abercorn
406595A425383D443935D489225C462411B City of Edinburgh
406605Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)444535Ecl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)462465A City of Manchester
cl 4P 4-4-0427789Acl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)4908710C462485A City of Leeds
409363E428879A584265Bcl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)462525A City of Leicester
Shed Codes 1950 - 1951466805A
1A Willesden1B Camden2A Rugby2B Bletchley3A Bescot3D Aston
3E Monument Lane5A Crewe North5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager
6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction7A Llandudno Jct.7B Bangor7C Holyhead8A Edge Hill
9A Longsight10B Preston10C Patricroft11B Barrow12A Carlisle Upperby14B Kentish Town
19B Millhouses26A Newton Heath27A Bank Hall66A Polmadie81A Old Oak Common84G Shrewsbury
Sunday 6 April 19525Atotal:66
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
404025A446785A455025A Royal Naval Division461285A The Lovat Scouts
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)446805A455075A Royal Tank Corps461326J King's Regiment, Liverpool
406465C446815A455209A Llandudno4614712A Northamptonshire Reg.
406605A447162A455295A Stephenson461485A The Manchester Regiment
cl 4P 4-4-0447635A455355A Sir Herbert Walker KCB461506J The Life Guardsman
409265A447715A455475A461615A King's Own
411605A448389AJubilee 4-6-0461655A The Ranger
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)448632A4555212A Silver JubileePrincess Royal 4-6-2
412295A449115B455569A Nova Scotia4620366A Princess Margaret Rose
4130475E new450583D455925A Indore462105A Lady Patricia
413245A new451326B456045A CeylonCoronation 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4519084G456319A Tanganyika462335A Duchess of Sutherland
4213611E4519910C456345A Trinidad462361B City of Bradford
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)4529884G456665A Cornwallis462465A City of Manchester
423645D453703D456761B Codrington xw462485A City of Leeds
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)453998A456845A Jutland4625312A City of St. Albans
4246411C454176H4570126A ConquerorClan 4-6-2
426115Ecl 4F 0-6-0457333B Novelty xw7200968A Clan Stewart new
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)444215Dcl 3F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)
Shed Codes 19521B Camden2A Rugby3B Bushbury3D Aston5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager6B Mold Junction6H Bangor
6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill9A Longsight10C Patricroft11C Oxenholme11E Lancaster
12A Carlisle Upperby26A Newton Heath66A Polmadie68A Carlisle Kingmoor75E Three Bridges84G Shrewsbury

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