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.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Crewe Works, March and April 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 1000 people.
When locomotives arrived in the Works they were assessed, steam cleaned and then dismantled and repaired in the Erecting Shop.  Finally they were repainted, tested and hauled for steaming and trials at one of the two main Crewe sheds.  These three visits show the progress made by engines over a four week period in the spring of 1955.
Crewe Works - March & April 1955
Sunday 20 March 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
412221E424556H455309A Sir Frank Ree4610320A Royal Scots Fusilier
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)425863C455409A Sir Robert Turnbull4610920A Royal Engineer
4211024A426115EJubilee 4-6-04611220A Sherwood Forester
4222733A4265226C4556310C Australia461319A Royal Warwickshire Regiment
4228726Acl 0F 0-4-0ST455959A Southern Rhodesia461648A The Artists' Rifleman
4268614C4700127A4559814B BasutolandPrincess Royal 4-6-2
cl 5MT 4-6-04564114B Sandwich462065A Princess Marie Louise
4465814B PS4507211A4566222A KempenfeltCoronation 4-6-2
446786J450971A456845A Jutland462355A City of Birmingham
446845A4510326A PS4571226A VictoryBritannia 4-6-2
446855A4522426A457423B Connaught7000030A Britannia
4468827A452508AWD 2-8-07000932A Alfred The Great
4469525F453058A9032426B9057286C7002586C Western Star
4473324E4534125G PS9034326C9058125A7002986C Shooting Star
447705A4534512A9038525A9068425G7003730A Hereward the Wake
4477521A453548B9039625A9072225ABR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
4484526G453735A9052486Ccl 8F 2-8-092020new92023new
4494521A454345Acl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)487663A92021new92024new
493083A92022new
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 BG 2-6-6-2TPatriot 4-6-0
412253B4474620A482895B4797118A aw455295A Stephenson aw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4483584G484401AWD 2-8-0Jubilee 4-6-0
4228826A4485921A485208B9020781C455678A South Australia aw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4488821Acl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)9030726B4562617A Seycheles aw
4255727D4491921A aw490818D9058427D4565014B Blake
4257111B451323D491083C9064425ARoyal Scot 4-6-0
426043C4514584G awcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)BR 9F 2-10-0461309A The West Yorkshire Regiment
426725F aw4522526A489433C9201231B461675A The Hertfordshire Regiment
cl 2MT 2-6-04527422A4928110E9204431BCoronation 4-6-2
4641826A452922E aw493133A awcl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)462571B City of Salford
4649615B453256B493758A583768D WBritannia 4-6-2
4650116D454218A aw4942110C aw584308D W7000530A John Milton aw
454932Aaw - awaiting repair
Sunday 3 April 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4210675A446786J E4550012A Patriot4611220A Sherwood Forester E
4213314C446845A E455295A Stephenson Y461285A The Lovatt Scouts
422345D447162A455318A Sir Frederick Harrison461319A Royal Warwickshire Reg. PS
4228326A4483917A455471A4614112A North Staffordshire Regiment
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4491921A YJubilee 4-6-0461578A The Royal Artilleryman
424462A449423E455565A Nova Scotia461648A The Artist's Rifleman PS
425793E450485B455678A South Australia YPrincess Royal 4-6-2
426725F Y4505411A4558125G Bihar & Orissa462048A Princess Louise
cl 8F 2-8-0450943D4558920A GwaliorCoronation 4-6-2
480459G451143D4559814B Basutoland PS4622266A Queen Mary
481746B4513311A4561116A Hong Kong4623166A Duchess of Atholl
483498B4514584G Y4562617A Seychelles Y462335A Duchess of Sutherland
483546C4522426A PS4563310B AdenBritannia 4-6-2
484773A4525314B4564114B Sandwich7000030A Britannia E
cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)452922E Y4564226A Boscawen7000530A John Milton Y
491083C Y453548B4566222A Kempenfelt PS7000932A Alfred the Great
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)453766JWD 2-8-0cl BG 2-6-6-2T7004232A Lord Roberts
4917787K4541212A9040425A4797118A YBR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
493133A Y454218A Y9057286C E4799618A92020new PS92023new
4942110C Y4544719A9064425A Y92021new92024new
Y - locos in yard 20/3/55E - locos in shops 20/3/55PS - Paint Shop92022new92025new
works yards - locos awaiting repair or departure once repainting and vacuum testing is complete
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0WD 2-8-0cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)Patriot 4-6-0
412263C aw4468827A PSY9034326C E491738A aw455409A Sir Robert Turnbull E
412555D aw4474322A aw9038525A Ecl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)Jubilee 4-6-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4477521A E9052486C E493083A PSY4556310C Australia E
4211024A PSY4481517A aw9058125A E493422B aw456011B British Guiana aw
4222733A PSY4484526G PSY9058427D493758A E4560719B Fiji aw
422673E aw4507925G aw9068425G EBR 9F 2-10-0456818A Aboukir aw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4529884G aw9070826A aw9201231B457423B Connaught E
424435D awcl 0F 0-4-0ST9072225A aw9204431BRoyal Scot 4-6-0
425863C E4700127A Ecl 8F 2-8-0461015A Royal Scots Grey aw
4264427D awcl 2F 0-6-0T (Wb)487663A aw4610320A Royal Scots Fusilier E
588871E WCoronation 4-6-2Princess Royal 4-6-2
Britannia 4-6-2462355A City of Birmingham PSY462065A Princess Marie Louise PSY
7003730A Hereward the Wake462531B City of St. Albans aw
aw - awaiting repairPSY - Paint Shop Yard
Sunday 14 April 1955
erecting shops and Paint Shop (PS)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
412263C Y446786J PS4550012A Patriot E461015A Royal Scots Grey Y
412555D Y447162A455318A Sir Frederick Harrison E4611220A Sherwood Forester PS
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4473724E455471A E461285A The Lovatt Scouts E
4215225D4474322A YJubilee 4-6-04614112A North Staffordshire Reg. E
422673E Y4474420A455678A South Australia PS461578A The Royal Artilleryman E
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)448075A4556820A Western Australia461681B The Girl Guide
424435D Y4485921A4557222A EireCoronation 4-6-2
425793E4496521A456011B British Guiana Y462335A Duchess of Sutherland E
426055F450385B4560719B Fiji Y462501B City of Lichfield
4261826A4504611B4561116A Hong Kong E462531B City of St. Albans Y
4263424A450485B E4563310B Aden EBritannia 4-6-2
4264427D Y4505619B4564114B Sandwich PS7000030A Britannia E
4264925F450605B457373B Atlas7000732A Couer-de-Lion
cl BG 2-6-6-2T4507925G Ycl 8F 2-8-0cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)BR 9F 2-10-0 under construction
4797118A E4510226A484269G491738A Y92022new92026new
4799618A Y4514584G E4844925Ccl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)92023new92027new
WD 2-8-0451471A484761A4917787K E92024newmachine shop
9012586C4521627A487179G493422B Y92025new92028new
9066625G4530611ABR 9F 2-10-0494485BY - locos in yard 3/4/55
9070826A4541212A E9201231B PS494518CE - locos in shops 3/4/55
4543525APS - Paint Shop
works yards - locos awaiting repair or departure once repainting and vacuum testing is complete
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0Patriot 4-6-0
4210675A E446845A E4522115C aw480459G E455295A Stephenson E
4213314C E4469525F aw4527422A aw483498B E455309A Sir Frank Ree E
4228326A E447142A aw4529884G E483546C E455411B Duke of Sutherland aw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4483917A E453015A aw484773A PSYJubilee 4-6-0
426655F aw4488727C aw453766J EWD 2-8-04558424E North West Frontier aw
cl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)4491921A E454032A aw9040425A PSY4564226A Boscawen E
491403D aw451143D E454218A E9057286C PSY456818A Aboukir Y
493758A aw4513311A E4544719A PSY9058125A YPrincess Royal 4-6-2
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)451485A aw9063525A aw462048A Princess Louise PSY
4939110B awBritannia 4-6-2BR 9F 2-10-0Coronation 4-6-2
4942110C E7002283A Tornado92020new4622266A Queen Mary PSY
cl 2F 0-6-0T (Wb)7004232A Lord Roberts E92021newaw - awaiting repairPSY - Paint Shop Yard
588871E W9204431B YY - in yard 3/4/55E - in shops 3/4/55
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
475925141251444520935231252459LNW 0-4-0ST 1439MR 4-4-0 41000
cl 1F 0-4-2ST (Wb)cl 0F 0-4-0ST (Dr)522075234552464LNW 2-2-2 30200-4-0T LNW Pet
4786256032522125244152517LNW 2-4-0 790


Shed Codes
1A Willesden1B Camden1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton2E Northampton
3A Bescot3B Bushbury3C Walsall3D Aston3E Monument Lane5A Crewe North
5B Crewe South5D Stoke-on-Trent5E Alsager5F Uttoxeter6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead
6H Bangor6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8B Warrington Dallam8C Speke Junction8D Widnes
9A Longsight9G Northwich10B Preston10C Patricroft10E Sutton Oak11A Carnforth
11B Barrow12A Carlisle Upperby14B Kentish Town14C St. Albans15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland
16A Nottingham16D Mansfield17A Derby18A Toton19A Sheffield19B Millhouses
20A Leeds Holbeck21A Saltley22A Bristol Barrow Rd.24A Accrington24E Blackpool25A Wakefield
25C Goole25D Mirfield25F Low Moor25G Farnley Junction26A Newton Heath26B Agecroft
26C Bolton26G Belle Vue27A Bank Hall27C Southport27D Wigan L&Y30A Stratford
31B March32A Norwich33A Plaistow66A Polmadie75A Brighton81C Southall
83A Newton Abbot84G Shrewsbury86C Cardiff Canton87K Swansea

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