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.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Crewe North 1952 - 1956

A Fowler class 2P 4-4-0 pilots Jubilee 45646 'Napier' into Manchester Victoria on an express from Hull to Liverpool in 1956.  This was a typical job for these graceful engines whilst they worked out their final days in the north-west.  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 15 March 19535Atotal:67
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
403325A446805A455035A Royal Leicestershire Reg.461065A Gordon Highlander aw
404025A aw446815A455105A xw461196J Lancashire Fusilier
404135A446845A4551212A Bunsen461255A 3rd Carabinier aw
404255A447585A455165A Bedfordshire & Herts Reg.461345A Cheshire Regiment
404829A447645A455245A Blackpool461375A Prince of Wales Volunteers
405275A447655A4552612A Morecambe & Heysham461485A The Manchester Regiment
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)448006B455285A461565A South Wales Borderer aw
406595A4483584G xw455485A Lytham & St. Annes461609A Queen Victoria's Rifleman
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)449078AJubilee 4-6-0461699A The Boy Scout aw
412295A449419A455569A Nova ScotiaPrincess Royal 4-6-2
413205A450016B4558024E Burma462018A Princess Elizabeth xw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4514384G4559910B Bechuanaland462105A Lady Patricia xw
4228726A xw452178E456175A Mauritius462125A Duchess of Kent
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)452886B456845A JutlandCoronation 4-6-2
424315D453015Bcl 4F 0-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-04622612A Duchess of Norfolk
424703D xw453548B445035E464245A xw462485A City of Leeds
426005D453695A445045Fcl 3F 0-6-0T462501B City of Litchfield
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)51xx 2-6-2T473305B462525A City of Leicester
423465C429369A415484H462545A City of Stoke-on-Trent
xw - ex worksaw - awaiting works
Sunday 13 June 19545Atotal:67
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
404135A446845A455045A Royal Signals455865A Mysore
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)446855A455105A455135A4563012A Swaziland
406595A447606G455165A Bedfordshire & Herts Reg.456389A Zanzibar
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)448075A455221B Prestatyn456745A Duncan
409265A448443D455285A455425A456845A Jutland
411196G4489211A455411B Duke of Sutherland457099A Implacable
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)449359A4554312A Home Guard4572212A Defence
412295A450058ARoyal Scot 4-6-0457401B Munster
413205A4506325G4611220A Sherwood Forester xwPrincess Royal 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)450675B461255A 3rd Carabinier4620012A Princess Royal xw
421558A4523226A4613512A East Lancashire Reg.462015A Princess Elizabeth
4215824C xw452545A461555A The Lancer462035A Princess Margaret Rose
426775A4528384G461635A Civil Service Rifleman462048A Princess Louise
426836H4529884G4616512A The Ranger462058A Princess Victoria
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)453741ACoronation 4-6-2462095A Princess Beatrice
424506A454173A462255A Duchess of Gloucester462115A Queen Maud xw
4255427D xw454465A462355A City of BirminghamBritannia 4-6-2
4256110C454483D462435A City of Lancaster7002081A Mercury xw
425665A4549965B462465A City of Manchesterclass 8P 4-6-2
426675Dcl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)462485A City of Leeds710005A Duke of Gloucester new
BR 2MT 2-6-2T427855Bcl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 4F 0-6-0Clan 4-6-2
8401926D xwcl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)429535A443085D7200466A Clan Macdonald xw
466045A xwxw - ex worksaw - awaiting works
Sunday 3 April 19555Atotal:70
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
404195A446825A455035A Royal Leicestershire Reg.4610920A Royal Engineer xw
405225A447396G455101A461185A Royal Welch Fusilier
405675A447595A455158A Caernarvon461295A The Scottish Horse
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)447665A455231B Bangor461309A West Yorkshire Reg. xw
406595A448075A aw455369A Private W. Wood VC461375A Prince of Wales Volunteers
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)448443D455485A Lytham & St. Annes461385A London Irish Rifleman
409256G449115AJubilee 4-6-0461555A The Lancer aw
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)4494521A455553B Quebec xwPrincess Royal 4-6-2
412295A450345B455835A Assam462035A Princess Margaret Rose
cl 2P 0-4-4T (St)450523D455921B IndoreCoronation 4-6-2
419015A451485A456045A Ceylon4622466A Princess Alexandra
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4518810C456345A Trinidad4622612A Duchess of Norfolk
420636A451985B4566612A Cornwallis462465A City of Manchester
426775A452428A456899A Ajax462485A City of Leeds
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)452545A457099A Implacable462495A City of Sheffield
423095C453015A awBR 5MT 4-6-0cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)462525A City of Leicester
423465C453973D7303017A429525B462541B City of Stoke-on-Trent
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)454025A7303384G429615Acl 4F 0-6-0
424616A454173Acl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)443585D
425665A4542284G429205Bxw - ex worksaw - awaiting works
Sunday 9 September 19565Atotal:55
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 5MT 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
4065225G446805A4610566A Cameron Highlander xw456035A Soloman Islands
406595A447406G4612612A Royal Army Service Co. xw456045A Ceylon
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)447688A aw461275A Old Contemtibles456255A Sarawak
4120486K4489211A461285A The Lovat Scouts456708A Howard of Effingham
412295A450455B461375A Prince of Wales Volunteers456745A Duncan
4127715A450935B461476J The Northamptonshire Reg.456899A Ajax
cl 2P 0-4-4T (St)451099A461655A The Ranger457365A Phoenix
419015A451446HPatriot 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)4519810C4550212A Royal Naval Division xw462255A Duchess of Gloucester
423215A452355A455221B Prestatyn462345A Duchess of Abercorn
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4523725B4552612A Morecambe & Heysham462361B City of Bradford
426655F452498A455278A Southport462531B City of St. Albans aw
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)452545ABR 5MT 4-6-0B1 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0TBR 2MT 2-6-0
cl 4F 0-6-0452881A7303584G
442465D453005Axw - ex worksaw - awaiting works
Shed Codes 1952 - 1956
1A Willesden1B Camden3A Bescot3B Bushbury3D Aston5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager5F Uttoxeter6A Chester Midland
6B Mold Junction6G Llandudno Jct.6H Bangor6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8B Warrington
8E Brunswick9A Longsight10B Preston10C Patricroft11A Carnforth12A Carlisle Upperby
15A Wellingborough17A Derby20A Leeds Holbeck21A Saltley24C Lostock Hall24E Blackpool
25B Huddersfield25G Farnley Junction26A Newton Heath26D Bury27D Wigan L&Y38A Colwick
65B St. Rollox66A Polmadie68A Carlisle Kingmoor81A Old Oak Common84G Shrewsbury84H Wellington
86K Abergavenny

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