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.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Northwich 1961 - 1968

A large proportion of Northwich's allocation was made up of Stanier 8F 2-8-0s.  This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Cheshire Lines Railway
type:A brick built 4TS dead ended shed.
location:On the south side of Northwich station.
access:Shed entrance off Middlewich Road.
Site Location -
BR Database -
Sunday 9 July 19613.50pm - 4.05pm8Etotal:27
cl 3MT 2-6-2Tcl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0O4 2-8-0BR cl 2 2-6-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)444568E481668E486838E637949G780388E
423568E444899E482548E487178EJ39 0-6-0780558E
423868EBR cl 4 2-6-0483408E487648E647189G780578E
424238E760479EWD 2-8-0648759G0-6-0 diesel locos
Shed Codes9067856DD3763D3584
8E Northwich9E Trafford Park9G Gorton16A Nottingham56D Mirfield
Sunday 29 April 19628Etotal:35
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 8F 2-8-0BR cl 2 2-6-0
423868E W480178E481668E484268E486838E780198E
424238E W480398E482498A484628E486938E780388E
cl 4F 0-6-0481188E482548E485118E487178E780558E
444568E481558E483408E486769FO4 2-8-0D3292D3584
Shed Codes637679G
8E Northwich8A Edge Hill9F Heaton Mersey9G Gorton15B Kettering17A Derby
Sunday 16 June 19635.15pm - 5.25pm8Etotal:34
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
cl 2MT 2-6-0453148F481188E485118E487168E903129G
464728Ecl 4F 0-6-0481358E485218E487178E9072024C
465038E441558E481558E486058E487408E0-6-0 diesel locos
B1 4-6-0482958E486318E487449B
610399G Steinbok483338E486838E
Shed Codes8E Northwich8F Springs Branch9B Stockport9E Trafford Park9G Gorton
24C Lostock Hall26A Newton Heath
Sunday 26 April 19648Etotal:27
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 4F 0-6-0450718C481558E483408E486408E487408E
441558Ecl 2MT 2-6-04820041E483738H486838E4876541E
444568E464728E482485D485118E486938E0-6-0 diesels
Shed Codes2E Saltley5B Crewe South5D Stoke6B Mold Junction8C Speke Junction
8E Northwich8H Birkenhead41E Staveley B. Hill
Sunday 11 April 196513.20 - 13.308Etotal:20
cl 2MT 2-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0BR cl 5MT 4-6-0
465158C451509E481358E486158E487178E0-6-0 diesels
BR cl 3MT 2-6-0453956B482218E486318E487358ED3857D3870
Shed Codes6B Mold Junction8C Speke Junction8E Northwich8F Springs Branch9E Trafford Park
9F Heaton Mersey9H Patricroft
Sunday 27 February 19668Etotal:36
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
BR cl 5MT 4-6-0480578E482688L485029H486938E921168B
cl 2MT 2-6-0481188E483249F485595BBR cl 3MT 2-6-00-6-0 diesels
464148E481518E483988E486398E770148EBR T2 diesel
Shed Codes2F Bescot5B Crewe South8A Edge Hill8B Warrington Dallam8E Northwich
8H Birkenhead8L Aintree9F Heaton Mersey9H Patricroft17A Derby55B Stourton
Sunday 25 June 19678Etotal:32
cl 2MT 2-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
464408E W480352A W482728E484088E486508E920248H
464878E W480458A483048E484218E486818E921088H
465208E W480578E W483365B484505B486838EBR T2 diesels
0-6-0 diesel480638E483408E485458E487228ED5276D7571
Shed Codes2A Tyseley5B Crewe South8A Edge Hill8E Northwich8H Birkenhead
Sunday 28 April 196818.30 - 18.408Etotal:27
cl 8F 2-8-0EE T4 diesels0-6-0 dieselsBR T2 diesels
480368E W483048E W486318E WD205D268D3399D3870D5277D5279
481008E W483638E W486328E WD206D340D3187D5274D5262
481518E W484218E W486398E WD214D341D5278D7558
482728E W484088E W487358E WAll steam locos were withdrawn

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