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.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Crewe Works - April to June 1956

Crewe Works - April to June 1956
Abbreviations for type of repairs. Numbers indicate days in works
HIHeavy IntermediateLILight Intermediate
HGHeavy GeneralLCLight Casual
Sunday 8 April 1956
Erecting shops, Yards and Paint Shop
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4124171G446795A4550612A The Royal Pioneer Corps4610466A Scottish Borderer LI 17
4124971H447122A455101A HI 44455171A HG 504610766A Argyll & Sutherland High.
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)447615A455141B Holyhead LI 34461148A Coldstream Guardsman
4214824E447688A455188A Bradshaw LI 44461255A 3rd Carabinier LI 32
4222733A4481917A455209A Llandudno HC 34461539A The Royal Dragoon HI 27
4268514B4484317B455258A Colwyn Bay HG 32461565A South Wales Borderer
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)448641E455399A E. C. Trench HI 39461665A London Rifle Brigade
4243324A448733C455409A Sir Robert Turnbull LI 36461681B The Girl Guide
4243724A4491225FJubilee 4-6-0Princess Royal 4-6-2
4244210C4498224E4555910C British Columbia HC 29462048A Princess Louise
424529E450328B4556310C Australia HG 46462125A Duchess of Kent
424616A4506219A456035A Soloman Islands HG 36WD 2-8-0cl 8F 2-8-0
4247226C450912E456329A Tonga HG 509019286G480772B
4254624B451085B4563616A Uganda HG 499020186C4815019C
4254724B451323D4564625G Napier HG 659020626C483183A
425956A451446H456809A Camperdown HG 379026525A4834784G
4262226A4525912A457383B Samson LI 389026726C484386C
4262926C452756BCoronation 4-6-29032625D484918B
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)4527914B4623266A Duchess of Montrose9041425A4870626A
4889985C W4530410C462361B City of Bradford HI 329057986C487298C
4902884G W453856J462465A City of Manchester NC 79071826D4873726A
490485C454393BBritannia 4-6-29072625G
491168Dcl 2MT 2-6-07001032A Owen Glendowercl BG 2-6-6-2TBR 9F 2-10-0
492122B W4640925C7003730A Hereward the Wake4798218A9202115A
492452A464238D7005366A Moray Firth4798918A W9206054B
4926210E464452DBR 9F 2-10-0 under construction4799218C W0-6-0 diesels
492751A464462D92080new92083new4799718C W1200212009
493301Ecl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)92081new92084new
493543C W92082new92085new
Saturday 2 June 1956
Erecting Shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Princess Royal 4-6-2
4128810C4466220A4550012A Patriot HC 54462058A Princess Victoria
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)447386G455309A Sir Frank Ree LI 27Coronation 4-6-2
421786A4485117A4554312A Home Guard HG 51462371B City of Bristol LC 22
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)448702A455461A Fleetwood LC 30462421B City of Glasgow
424715E4488926AJubilee 4-6-04625112A City of Nottingham
4254526C449143A PS4555810C Manitoba LI 35Britannia 4-6-2
4256310C4494625F4557017A New Zealand HG 467002081A Mercury
425988E4522026A456045A Ceylon HC 27700456J700466J
426035D453468E4569525G Minotaur HG 43 PS7005166A Firth of Forth
4263227D453988A457423B Connaught LI 367005266A Firth of Tay
cl 2MT 2-6-04542921A456061B Falkland Islands HI 23BR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
464202DWD 2-8-04563310B Aden LI 2292097new92102new
464221A9010127BRoyal Scot 4-6-092098new92103new
cl 8F 2-8-09021484K4610320A Royal Scots Fusilier92099new92104new
4852487K9036325A461205A Royal Inniskilling Fusilier92100newcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)
486241A9040425A461285A The Lovat Scouts HG 4492101new490022B
487365B9056426B461485A Manchester RegimentBR 9F 2-10-0491812B
works yards - locos awaiting repair or departure once repainting and vacuum testing is complete
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)BR 9F 2-10-0
413216D4482425A455059A Royal Army Ordnance Co.489531E9206418A
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)448751A455111A Isle of Man HG 514909410A9206618A
4211227E451143DJubilee 4-6-0494462F92086new
4215025E451285B4557222A Eire NC 22cl 2MT 2-6-0cl BG 2-6-6-2T
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4541110C4558024E Burma LC 284640115B4797418A W
424293B4542284G4566311A Jervis HG 27464218D4797618A W
425762Acl 8F 2-8-0456899A Ajax LI 274642810A4799218C W
4262126A480122C4560520A Cyprus HG 60cl BG 2-6-6-2TWD 2-8-0
4873526ACoronation 4-6-24796718A PSY9031424B
462401B City of Coventry LC 34
Sunday 24 June 1956
Erecting shops, Yards and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Princess Royal 4-6-2
4125125A447585A4550412A Royal Signals HI 37462048A Princess Louise
4126815C4482620A455111A Isle of Man HG 51 xw462058A Princess Victoria xw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)448715D455231B Bangor HI 36462125A Duchess of Kent
4213715C448751A455318A Sir Frederick HarrisonCoronation 4-6-2
4215824C449092A455358A Sir Herbert Walker KCB4622766A Duchess of Devonshire
4218117A449359A4554312A Home Guard HG 51 xw462401B City of Coventry LC 34
4229227C4494419A455461A Fleetwood LC 30462465A City of Manchester PS
4268133A xw450041EJubilee 4-6-0Britannia 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)450485B4555810C Manitoba LI 357002081A Mercury xw
4242711B4507824A xw4556620A Queensland HG 50700339A Charles Dickens
424293B450912E4557017A New Zealand HG 46 PS700466J
4248324D4509510C4557722A Eire NC 227005266A Firth of Tay xw
4256310C4514584G456011B British Guiana HG 51BR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
4262126A4519910C4560520A Cyprus HG 6092097new PS92102new
4263526C4521125G4560919B Gilbert & Ellice Is. LI 2392098new xw92103new
4265126A4522526ARoyal Scot 4-6-092099new92104new
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)4523326A4610820A Seaforth Highlander92100newWD 2-8-0
490781A4526417B xw461205A Royal Inniskilling Fusiliercl 8F 2-8-09024725A
491155C4528426A461285A The Lovat Scouts HG 44480852A9027126C
4914110B4529015D4614112A North Staffordshire Reg.485598E9028125C xw
4925211A453218B461428A The York & Lancaster Reg.486241A9030825G
492891E xw4534215D461439A South Staffordshire Reg.486491A9033225B xw
493301E453468E xwClan 4-6-2486989E9056426B
494322B453856J7200568A Clan Macgregorcl BG 2-6-6-2T9056826D
494462F xw454365BBR 2MT 2-6-2TBR 9F 2-10-04797418A W9059224B
cl 2MT 2-6-0840026D9207818A4797718A W9061025A
4645612Dxw - about to leave works4799618A W9065425A
works shunters during this periodpreserved locos -
cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0ST (BW)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)stored in the Paint Shop
475925141251446520935221852441Liverpool & Manchester 0-4-2 Lion
cl 1F 0-4-2ST (Wb)51444522075231252459LNW 0-4-0ST 1439MR 4-4-0 41000
47862cl 0F 0-4-0ST (Dr)522125234552464LNW 2-2-2 30200-4-0T LNW Pet
5603252517LNW 2-4-0 790
Shed Codes1A Willesden1B Camden1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton
2C Warwick2D Coventry2E Northampton2F Market Harborough3A Bescot3B Bushbury
3C Walsall3D Aston5A Crewe North5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent
5E Alsager6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead6D Chester Northgate6G Llandudno Jct.
6H Bangor6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8B Warrington Dallam8C Speke Junction8D Widnes
8E Brunswick9A Longsight9E Trafford Park10A Springs Branch10B Preston10C Patricroft
10E Sutton Oak11A Carnforth11B Barrow12A Carlisle Upperby12D Wrkington14B Kentish Town
15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland15D Bedford16A Nottingham17A Derby
17B Burton-on-Trent18A Toton18C Hasland19A Sheffield19B Millhouses19C Canklow
20A Leeds Holbeck21A Saltley22A Bristol Barrow Rd.24A Accrington24B Rose Grove24C Lostock Hall
24D Lower Darwen24E Blackpool25A Wakefield25B Huddersfield25C Goole25D Mirfield
25E Sowerby Bridge25F Low Moor25G Farnley Junction26A Newton Heath26B Agecroft26C Bolton
26D Bury27B Aintree27C Southport27D Wigan L&Y27E Walton30A Stratford
32A Norwich33A Plaistow54B Tyne Dock66A Polmadie68A Carlisle Kingmoor71G Bath Green Park
71H Templecombe81A Old Oak Common84G Shrewsbury84K Chester West85C Hereford86C Cardiff Canton
86G Pontypool Road87K Swansea Victoria

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