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, 12 July 2013

Chester West 1947 - 1951

An ex-GC design 'ROD' War Department 2-8-0 acquired by the GWR after World War One. These engines often worked into the Chester area from South Wales.  No. 3003 was allocated there in 1947.  This photo was taken at Cardiff in 1946. Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Chester West
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Western Railway
type:Two brick built 3TS through sheds.
location:On the east side of the Chester to Birkenhead line, north of Chester General station.
access:A footbridge went from the Goods Yard off Hoole Road.
Site Location - http://www.railuk.info/steam/getshed.php?id=585
BR Database - http://www.brdatabase.info/sites.php?page=depots&subpage=locos&id=139
Shed Profileopened:1856closed:1960 (steam)
84K6E
shed codesallocation1950allocation1959
1945 - 1949CHR14xx 0-4-2TGWR157xx 0-6-0PTGWR11
1949 - 195884K2301 0-6-0PTGWR151xx 2-6-2TGWR1
1958 - 19606E28xx 2-8-0GWR743xx 2-6-0GWR3
Saint 4-6-0GWR3cl 3P 2-6-2TLMS2
57xx 0-6-0PTGWR12Jubilee 4-6-0LMS3
Castle 4-6-0GWR3cl 8F 2-8-0LMS12
Hall 4-6-0GWR8BR 5MT 4-6-0BR9
51xx 2-6-2PTGWR8BR 4MT 4-6-0BR5
43xx 2-6-0GWR8BR 3P 2-6-2TBR7
56xx 0-6-2TGWR3WD 2-8-0WD2
WD 2-8-0WD355
57
Sunday 14 September 1947CHRtotal:48
2251 0-6-057xx 0-6-0PT43xx 2-6-051xx 2-6-2TCounty 4-6-0
2262CHR3665CHR5341LDR4159CHR1015PDN County of Gloucester
2301 0-6-03762CHR5399CHR5174CHRSaint 4-6-0
2513CHR3786CHR6308CHR5179CHR2930CHR Saint Vincent
26xx 2-6-05723CHR6311CHR5184CHR2953CHR Twineham Court
2662CHR5725CHR6339CHR56xx 0-6-2T2989CHR Talisman
28xx 2-8-05791CHR6380CHR5647CHRCastle 4-6-0
2802PPRD9728CHR6384SDN5690CHR5033CHR Broughton Castle
2859SPM9774CHR6392CHR6624CHR5073SALOP Blenheim
2895BHD9794CHR7313CHRBulldog 4-4-0Hall 4-6-0
ROD 2-8-0WD 2-8-09306PDN3366CHR4976CHR Warfield Hall
3003CHR77001NAStar 4-6-05966CHR Ashford Hall
72xx 2-8-2T77247SPM4044SALOP Prince George5991BAN Gresham Hall
7240OXY5992BAN Horton Hall
Shed CodesBAN BanburyBHD BirkenheadCHR Chester WestLDR Swansea LandoreNA Newton Abbot
OXY OxleyPDN PaddingtonPPRD Pontypool RoadSALOP ShrewsburySDN SwindonSPM St. Philip's Marsh
Sunday 12 September 1948CHRtotal:47
31xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0Saint 4-6-0
5129CHR5361BAN3665CHR2814TN2930CHR Saint Vincent
51xx 2-6-2T5399CHR3762CHR2864CDF2953CHR Twineham Court
5174CHR6308CHR3786CHR2884STJ2989CHR Talsiman
5176CHR6339CHR5725CHR2891CDFStar 4-6-0
5184CHR6362OXY5791CHRWD 2-8-04013CHR Knight of St. Patrick
5186CHR6392CHR9728CHR77001CHR4025SRD
56xx 0-6-2T7313CHR9774CHR77257CHRHall 4-6-0
5647CHR9314OXY9794CHR78695OXY4918CHR Dartington Hall
5690CHR9317OXFROD 2-8-079301SPM5912CHR Queen's Hall
6624CHR2301 0-6-03047RDG5921OXY Bingley Hall
2251 0-6-02513CHRGrange 4-6-05950TYS Wardley Hall
2262CHR6859CHR Yiewsley GrangeCounty 4-6-0
1016SRD County of Hants
Shed CodesBAN BanburyCDF Cardiff CantonCHR Chester WestOXF OxfordOXY Oxley
RDG ReadingSPM St. Philip's MarshSRD Stafford Rd.STJ Severn Tunnel Jct.TN TauntonTYS Tyseley
Sunday 1 May 1949CHRtotal:42
31xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0Saint 4-6-0
5117CHR5316BHD3762CHR2801PPRD2915CHR Saint Bartholomew
5129CHR5344CHR5725CHR2804STJ2926CHR Saint Nicholas
51xx 2-6-2T6308CHR5791CHR2827OXFHall 4-6-0
5174CHR6311CHR9728CHR2830OXY4918CHR Dartington Hall
5176CHR6337CHR9774CHR2874STB4969SPM Shrugborough Hall
5181CHR6339CHR2892STJHall 4-6-0
56xx 0-6-2T6380CHRGrange 4-6-05923CHR Colston Hall
5690CHR6392CHR6811CDF Cranbourne Grange5966CHR Ashford Hall
6624CHR7313CHR6856OXY Stowe Grange6941CHR Fillongley Hall
6698CNYD2301 0-6-0Modified Hall 4-6-0WD 2-8-0
2513CHR6980SALOP Llanrumney Hall77257CHR
Shed Codes6983PDN Otterington Hall78542GLO
BHD BirkenheadCDF Cardiff CantonCHR Chester WestCNYD Croes NewyddGLO GloucesterOXF Oxford
OXY OxleyPDN Old Oak CommonPPRD Pontypool RoadSALOP ShewsburySTB StourbridgeSTJ Severn Tunnel Jct.
Sunday 27 August 195084Ktotal:41
31xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0County 4-6-0
512984K534484K376284K380284C100282A Couhty of Berks
514184K539084B378684K380381CStar 4-6-0
51xx 2-6-2T539984K461784K382584J405884A Princess Augusta
517484K63766C579184K385884KHall 4-6-0
517984K638084K977484K386084K497684K Warfield Hall
518484K2301 0-6-0979484K72xx 2-8-2T590381E Keele Hall
518684K251384K721486A591284K Queen's Hall
56xx 0-6-2TCastle 4-6-0WD 2-8-0592384K Colston Hall
564784K407684K Carmarthen Castle7711584K596182D Toynbee Hall
569084K503384K Broughton Castle7711682B596684K Ashford Hall
662484K7922584K693986C Calveley Hall
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead81C Southall81E Didcot82A Bristol Bath Road82B St. Philip's Marsh
82D Westbury84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury84J Croes Newydd84K Chester West
86A Newport Ebbw Jct86C Cardiff Canton
Sunday 27 May 195184Ktotal:53
31xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PT43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0Saint 4-6-0
512984K366584K630884K281084K292684K Saint Nicholas
51xx 2-6-2T376284K633784K281586AStar 4-6-0
510384K378684K633984K283084B406184A Glastonbury Abbey
517484K572384K63466C285587F407684K Carmarthen Castle
517984K572584K639284K287184JHall 4-6-0
518184K579184K94xx 0-6-0PT288584F490584K Barton Hall
518484K972884K842384K289084K497684K Warfield Hall
518684K977484K942584K289486A596281A Wantage Hall
2301 0-6-0979484KWD 2-8-0382984KCastle 4-6-0
251384K43xx 2-6-07922584K385884K502784K Farleigh Castle
56xx 0-6-2T532381F9021484K386084K507584K Wellington
564784K534484KManor 4-6-0Modified Hall 4-6-0
668384K539984K782384K Hook Norton Manor791284E Little Linford Hall
782684J Longworth Manor
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead81A Old Oak Common81F Oxford84A Stafford Road84B Oxley
84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84J Croes Newydd84K Chester West86A Newport Ebbw Jct87F Llanelly

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