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 - January & February, 1956

Crewe Works at this time was continuing the building programme of BR class 9F 2-10-0s.  They were also beginning the process of scrapping Beyer Garratt 2-6-6-2Ts, a class of 33 introduced in 1927 by Fowler and Beyer-Peacock.
One of the 33 Beyer Garratt locos, seen at Loughborough and withdrawn in July 1955.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported 
Crewe Works - January & February 1956
Abbreviations for type of repairs. Numbers indicate days in works
HIHeavy IntermediateLILight Intermediate
HGHeavy GeneralLCLight Casual
Sunday 29 January 1956
Erecting Shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4124871H4481917A4550212A Royal Naval Division HI 334610920A Royal Engineer LI 43
4127420C PS4486116A455199A Lady Godiva HG 50 PS461108A Grenadier Guardsman HG 30
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4492624E PSJubilee 4-6-04612612A Royal Army Service Corps*
4210825F4496621A4558824E Kashmir LI 21461648A Artists' Rifleman HI 24
4268733A4498121B4558920A Gwalior LI 30Princess Royal 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)450251A4561614B Malta G. C. HG 68462058A Princess Victoria PS
4245410A450285B4567126A Prince Rupert HI 43Britannia 4-6-2
4257311A4505914A456745A Duncan HG 427003830A Robin Hood
425848E4520725F457351B Comet HG 40700449A Earl Haig
425876A4521224Fcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)WD 2-8-0Clan 4-6-2
4265326C4526821A4908710C9015281C7200066A Clan Buchanan
cl 2MT 2-6-04528514B4920310A9016427BBR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
464331A PS453058A493972A9023625A92074new92080new
cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)cl 8F 2-8-04943610A9024124B92075new92081new
489643A4807519C494522A9026025C92076newBR 9F 2-10-0
BR cl 5MT 4-6-0483753A0-6-0 diesel9066425G92077new9202315A PS
7308273A486101A120319068585B92078new92072new PS
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 BG 2-6-6-2TWD 2-8-0Jubilee 4-6-0
412356E aw446786J aw4798318C W901786B aw455553B Quebec HG 50
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)447396G aw4798918A W9054124C4557619B Bombay HI 23 aw
4213611E aw447499A4799118A W9056382B456299E Straits Settlements HI 28
4229524A aw4485519A aw4799918A W9064525G4565920A Drake LC 30
4268433A4498320Acl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)BR 9F 2-10-0457215A Impregnable LC 37
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)450556B aw489448C9202215ARoyal Scot 4-6-0
424668E4529111B aw493273A9202415A461238A Royal Irish Fusiler LC 33
4248024C4541524A494509D aw9202815Acl 8F 2-8-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)
426013BBritannia 4-6-2aw - awaiting works480178D584278D W
4264227D aw7003630A BoadiceaPS - paint shop482549G
Note - 46126 entered 12/1/56 and left 8/2/56 (27 days), after HI.
Sunday 12 February 1956
Erecting shops, Yards and Paint Shop
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)Patriot 4-6-0
412356E446786J4521224F490203C4550212A Royal Naval Division HI 33
4124871H447112A452178E491801AJubilee 4-6-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)447396G452405A4920310A4557619B Bombay HI 23
4210825F4477824E4526714B492163A4558920A Gwalior LI 30
4213611E4480326G4526821A492248A4560222A British Honduras HG 62
4218417A4481421A4527224F492452A456045A Ceylon HI 23
4228426A448293B452781A493879D4560820A Gibraltar HI 37
4228926A4485320A4529111B493972A4561214B Jamaica HG 59
4229524A4485519A4529512A494048A4561614B Malta G. C. HG 68
4268733A4493024E453256B494052A456435A Rodney HG 45
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4496621A453338E494142B456473B Sturdee HG 37
4245410A4498619B4533514A494399A456529E Hawke LC 19
4255325C450556B454053B494509D4565820A Keyes HG 53
4257311A4505914A4541212Acl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)4567126A Prince Rupert HI 43
4259111A451345B454419A4916010E456745A Duncan HG 42
4264227D4520725FRoyal Scot 4-6-04570126A Conqueror HG 46
426691EWD 2-8-0461159A Scots Guardsman HI 20457093B Implacable LC 28
cl 2MT 2-6-09015281C461229A Royal Ulster Rifleman HI 424571927A Glorious HG 43
4643525A9017684G461409A King's Royal Rifle Corps LI457351B Comet HG 40
4649615B901786B461441B Honourable Artillery Co. LI457373B Atlas LC 25
cl BG 2-6-6-2T9024124B461541B The Hussar HG 40Princess Royal 4-6-2
4798318C W9029225ABritannia 4-6-2462095A Prncess Beatrice
4798918A W9033124C7000732A Coeur-de-Lion462118A Queen Maud
4799718A W9056126A7003830A Robin HoodCoronation 4-6-2
4799918A W9064126C700449A Earl Haig4622466A Princess Alexandra
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)9066926A700496J462291B Duchess of Hamilton
584278D W9068585B7005066A Firth of Clyde4623166A Duchess of Athol
cl 8F 2-8-09069386CClan 4-6-2462495A City of Sheffield
4836515A9069925G7200066A Clan BuchananBR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
4840516D9071125GBR cl 5MT 4-6-0BR 9F 2-10-092074new92077new
4847484G0-6-0 diesel7308273A9201715A92075new92078new
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 Codes
1A Willesden1B Camden1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton3A Bescot
3B Bushbury3C Walsall5A Crewe North5B Crewe South6A Chester Midland6G Llandudno Jct.
6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8C Speke Junction8D Widnes8E Brunswick9A Longsight
9D Buxton9E Trafford Park9G Northwich10A Springs Branch10C Patricroft10E Sutton Oak
11A Carnforth11B Barrow11E Lancaster12A Carlisle Upperby14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town
15A Wellingborough16A Nottingham16D Mansfield17A Derby18A Toton18C Hasland
19A Sheffield19B Millhouses19C Canklow20A Leeds Holbeck20C Royston21A Saltley
21B Bournville22A Bristol Barrow Rd.24A Accrington24B Rose Grove24C Lostock Hall24E Blackpool
24F Fleetwood25A Wakefield25C Goole25F Low Moor25G Farnley Junction26A Newton Heath
26C Bolton26G Belle Vue27A Bank Hall27B Aintree27D Wigan L&Y30A Stratford
32A Norwich33A Plaistow66A Polmadie71H Templecombe73A Stewart's Lane81C Southall
82B St. Philip's Marsh84G Shrewsbury85B Gloucester86C Cardiff Canton

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