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, 9 June 2013

Crewe Works - August to November 1955

Crewe Works was built by the Grand Junction Railway in 1840. It was the largest Railway Works in the UK and by 1848 employed over a 1000 people.  When locomotives arrived, they were assessed, steam cleaned and then dismantled and repaired in the Erecting Shop.  Finally, they were repainted, usually after a heavy general repair, tested and hauled for steaming and trials at one of the two main Crewe sheds.
Crewe Works - August to November 1955
Sunday 14 August 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Princess Royal 4-6-2Patriot 4-6-0
412233E PS4466717A462005A The Princess Royal455019A St. Dunstan's
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4468627ACoronation 4-6-2455059A Royal Army Odnance Corps
4205321A4469626A4622066A Coronation PS4550917A Derbyshire Yeomanry
4218315C4474522A4622366A Princess AliceJubilee 4-6-0
4218516A4478025B462561B Sir William A. Stanier FRS4558210B Central Provinces
4225634E4482214BBR class 8P 4-6-24560520A Cyprus
4229026A448349A710005A Duke of Gloucester4568319B Hogue
426769E4484868Acl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4268514B450241A480948C9025426B461001B Royal Scot
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4508025G4830784G9033826A461185A Royal Welch Fusilier
425935D4514384G4850225A PS9035926D461238A Royal Irish Fusilier
426089A4520226A487208D PS9072024C4612612A Royal Army Service Co.
4262024A4524812ABR 9F 2-10-0 under construction461329A King's Regiment, Liverpool
cl 2MT 2-6-04527320A92051new92057new461461B The Rifle Brigade PS
4645912D4532912A92052new92058new461635A Civil Service Rifleman
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)453443C92053new92059new461665A London Rifle Brigade PS
490663C453808A PS92054new92060newcl BG 2-6-6-2TBR 9F 2-10-0
490738D4540721A92055new92061new4797718A92050new PS
492403B454302A92056new92062new4798118A0-6-0 diesel
494378A4798418A12018
works yards - locos awaiting repair or departure once repainting and vacuum testing is complete
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)Patriot 4-6-0
4125825G4472827C480182C489531E455411B Duke of Sutherland
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4480917A482759F4902710CJubilee 4-6-0
4213414C4509610B4866087K4920910C455915A Udaipur
4218925F4538611Bcl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)cl BG 2-6-6-2T456035A Falkland Islands
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)4542810C489151C4797318CWD 2-8-0new 9F 2-10-0
583946H W4544512A491403D W4798718A9017481C92020new
Britannia 4-6-24919110B9053526A92029new
7001581A Apollo
Sunday 23 October 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
4120386K447509A4552612A Morecambe & Heysham4555212A Silver Jubillee PS
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)448763D455348A E. Tootal Broadhurst4556122A Saskatchewan
420659E PS4523621BRoyal Scot 4-6-04561514B Malay States
4215424D4523820A4610266A Black Watch456189E New Hebrides
4222433B PS452768A4610320A Royal Scots Fusilier4566022A Rooke
4225433A4528812A PS4610820A Seaforth Highlander4566419B Nelson
4267933A4531210C4613512A East Lancashire Regiment456691B Fisher PS
426836Hcl 8F 2-8-04614112A North Staffordshire Regiment4568222A Trafalagar
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)484533A461525A King's Dragoon Guards..4569827A Mars
425648A PS4876126APrincess Royal 4-6-24570525G Seahorse
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)cl BG 2-6-6-2T462048A Princess Louise457239A Fearless
490109B4796918A462125A Duchess of KentClan 4-6-2
491578CWD 2-8-0Coronation 4-6-27200366A Clan Fraser
493558A9060425A4622166A Queen ElizabethBR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)9072425A4622612A Duchess of Norfolk92060new92064new
492295CBritannia 4-6-292061new92065new
7000632A Robert Burns92062new92066new
7001473A Iron Duke92063new
works yards - locos awaiting repair or departure once repainting and vacuum testing is complete
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0cl BG 2-6-6-2TJubilee 4-6-0
4215824C4482121A4555112A PSY4797218A455539A Canada
4228426A PSY4498414Bcl 2MT 2-6-04797518A456559E Keith PSY
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4519084G4640525CWD 2-8-0Coronation 4-6-2
4247327D4520326Acl 8F 2-8-0902126B462411B City of Edinburgh PSY
4247725C452313D485563A9038826A462531B City of St. Albans
426068B4544719A486023A9058584CSentinel 0-4-0Tcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)
4544910A4873926A9067526A PSY4718384G493273A
PSY - Paint Shop Yard9071226C493688C
Sunday 27 November 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
412366G4475420A4514210C PScl 2MT 2-6-04556520A Victoria
4128610E4481321A4521627A4644017A4557914B Punjab
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4481817A4523012A PScl BG 2-6-6-2T4561514B Malay States PS
4207475F449116A452498A4797918A456289E Somaliland
4218825F449423E453015A4798018C456721B Anson
4222234E4496321A4534025Bcl 8F 2-8-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4222534E4501911A453479E4832884G4613612A The Border Regiment
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)450502A4535210Ccl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)461701B British Legion
424283B451315B453792A4926710BPrincess Royal 4-6-2
425686ABR 9F 2-10-0 under constructionWD 2-8-0462078A Princess Arthur of Connaught
425852A92064new PS92069new9014886C462088A Princess Helena Victoria
4262626C92065new92070new9018124B462105A Lady Patricia
4263026C92066new92071new9024325ABritannia 4-6-2
0-6-0 diesels92067new92072new9038125A7000530A John Milton
120311301992068new9054626B7001232A John of Gaunt
Clan 4-6-2Coronation 4-6-27002483D Vulcan
7200968A Clan Stewart462435A City of Lancaster700466J
462531B City of St. Albans
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 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
412396H4472827C4552412A Blackpool4555416A Ontario
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4528612A455285A4562016A North Borneo
4214925E453071E455321B Illustrious4563920A Raleigh
421596A454138A455348A E. Tootal Broadhurst4565014B Blake
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)BR 5MT 4-6-0cl BG 2-6-6-2Tcl 8F 2-8-0457265A Vindictive
4243924B7305417A4798918A W482536FRoyal Scot 4-6-0
4255924Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4799818A4847884G4613320A The Green Howards
425905D4333118B WWD 2-8-04876126A461375A Prince of Wales's Volunteers
4263724E4354421A W9032225Gcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)461589A The Loyal Regiment
4265626C4368620E W903922E488981EPrincess Royal 4-6-2
BR 9F 2-10-04375519A W9054486A490051E462058A Princess Victoria
9202115Acl 3F 0-6-0 (D)9058584C490453ACoronation 4-6-2
9202615A4377519A W9062225D493879D462345A Duchess of Abercorn
9202715A4378119A WBR class 8P 4-6-2
710005A Duke of Gloucester
works shunters during this periodpreserved locos - stored in the Paint Shop
cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0ST (BW)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)Liverpool & Manchester 0-4-2 Lion
47592514125144452093522185244152517LNW 0-4-0ST 1439MR 4-4-0 41000
cl 1F 0-4-2ST (Wb)cl 0F 0-4-0ST (Dr)522075231252459LNW 2-2-2 30200-4-0T LNW Pet
4786256032522125234552464LNW 2-4-0 790
Shed Codes
1A Willesden1B Camden1C Watford1E Bletchley2A Rugby2C Warwick
2E Northampton3A Bescot3B Bushbury3C Walsall3D Aston3E Monument Lane
5A Crewe North5B Crewe South5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent6A Chester Midland6F Bidston
6G Llandudno Jct.6H Bangor6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8B Warrington Dallam8C Speke Junction
8D Widnes9A Longsight9B Stockport9D Buxton9E Trafford Park9F Heaton Mersey
10A Springs Branch10B Preston10C Patricroft10E Sutton Oak11A Carnforth11B Barrow
12A Carlisle Upperby12D Workington14B Kentish Town14C St. Albans15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland
16A Nottingham17A Derby18A Toton18B Westhouses18C Hasland19A Sheffield
19B Millhouses20A Leeds Holbeck20E Manningham21A Saltley21B Bournville22A Bristol Barrow Rd.
24A Accrington24B Rose Grove24C Lostock Hall24D Lower Darwen24E Blackpool25A Wakefield
25B Huddersfield25C Goole25D Mirfield25E Sowerby Bridge25F Low Moor25G Farnley Junction
26A Newton Heath26B Agecroft26C Bolton26D Bury27A Bank Hall27C Southport
27D Wigan L&Y30A Stratford32A Norwich33B Tilbury34E Neasden66A Polmadie
68A Carlisle Kingmoor73A Stewart's Lane75F Tunbridge Wells81A Old Oak Common81C Southall83D Plymouth Laira
84C Banbury84G Shrewsbury86A Newport Ebbw J.86C Cardiff Canton86K Abergavenny87K Swansea

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