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, 13 July 2013

Chester West 1952 - 1959

Chester West
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Western Railwaytype: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 -
BR Database -
Sunday 29 June 195284Ktotal:48
31xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PT43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0County 4-6-0
510384K363084K631684J287986A101884G County of Leicester
51xx 2-6-2T366584K633784K289084K102284K County of Northampton
517484K376284K634884G380586AHall 4-6-0
518184K572384K636184B382784F490584K Barton Hall
518684K572584K636284K385984K497684K Warfield Hall
56xx 0-6-2T579184K638084KWD 2-8-0596884K Cory Hall
564784K972884K639284K9021484K690184K Arley Hall
569084K979484K731084J9068684K693885A Corndean Hall
669884J43xx 2-6-0731384J2301 0-6-0695684A Mottram Hall
539984K251384KModified Hall 4-6-0
Grange 4-6-0Manor 4-6-0696384K Throwley Hall
683584K Eastham Grange782684J Longworth Manor792284K Salford Hall
684887F Toddington Grange782784K Lydham ManorCastle 4-6-0
407684K Carmarthen Castle
Shed Codes84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury84J Croes Newydd
84K Chester West85A Worcester86A Newport Ebbw Jct87F Llanelly
Sunday 26 September 195484Ktotal:40
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTHall 4-6-0County 4-6-0
416584K363084K490585C Barton Hall102684K County of Salop
510384K366584K596284K Wantage HallCastle 4-6-0
517784K376284K597185A Merevale Hall501084A Restormal Castle
518684K378684K690184K Arley Hall503384K Broughton Castle
43xx 2-6-0572384KModified Hall 4-6-0506184K Earl of Birkenhead
531184K579184K792184K Edstone Hall507584K Wellington
531584K872984KGrange 4-6-0Manor 4-6-0
534484K979484K68416C Marlas Grange780084K Torquay Manor
634584K28xx 2-8-056xx 0-6-2TWD 2-8-0780184K Anthony Manor
931684B287884J564784K9021484K782084K Dinmore Manor
BR cl 5 4-6-0289084K569084K9068684K782784K Lydham Manor
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead84B Oxley84J Croes Newydd84K Chester West
85A Worcester85C Hereford87B Duffryn Yard
Sunday 23 October 195584Ktotal:48
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTGrange 4-6-0County 4-6-0
410284K363084K682384K Oakley Grange100384G County of Wilts
411584K366584KCastle 4-6-0102284K County of Northampton
416584K376284K407684K Carmarthen CastleManor 4-6-0
510384K378684K503384K Broughton Castle780184K Anthony Manor
517484K460284K506184K Earl of Birkenhead780784K Compton Manor
517784K572384K507584K Wellington782284K Foxcote Manor
517984K572584K509184K Cleeve Abbey782784K Lydham Manor
43xx 2-6-0573984KBR cl 5 4-6-0WD 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
532584B579184K7302184K9068684K590084E Hinderton Hall
534484K872984K7302384K56xx 0-6-2T596284K Wantage Hall
637086A972884Kcl 8F 2-8-0564784KModified Hall 4-6-0
638084K979484K4834784G28xx 2-8-0696384K Throwley Hall
487266C280484K792184K Edstone Hall
Shed Codes4876084G385884K
6C Birkenhead83A Newton Abbot84B Oxley84E Tyseley84G Shrewsbury86A Newport Ebbw Jct.
Sunday 8 July 195684Ktotal:42
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTCastle 4-6-0Manor 4-6-0
410284K363084K407684K Carmarthen Castle780084K Torquay Manor
510384K366584K503184A Totnes Castle780784K Compton Manor
517484K376284K504584A Earl of Dudley782284K Foxcote Manor
517784K378684KGrange 4-6-043xx 2-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
517984K460284K68416C Marlas Grange531184K4847484G
BR cl 4 4-6-0572584K685384E Morehampton Grange531584K4876084G
7500589A573984K685784K Tudor Grange564784KWD 2-8-0
BR cl 5 4-6-0579184KHall 4-6-0634584K9068684K
7301384K972884K491087G Blaisdon Hall636082B9070184G
979484KModified Hall 4-6-0638084K28xx 2-8-0
County 4-6-0792284K Salford Hall639083B285784E
102284K County of Northampton288986E
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead82B St. Philips Marsh83B Taunton84A Stafford Road84E Tyseley
84G Shrewsbury84K Chester West86E Severn Tunnel Jct.87G Carmarthen89A Oswestry
Sunday 8 September 195784Ktotal:47
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTCounty 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
410284K460284K100884K County of Cardigan490484G Binnegar Hall
412884K572384K102484K County of Pembroke497585C Umberslade Hall
416584K572584K102584G County of Radnor598781A Brocket Hall
510384K573984KCastle 4-6-0599584B Wick Hall
516084K363084K408384A Abbotsbury CastleModified Hall 4-6-0
517484K366584K503384K Broughton Castle696384K Throwley Hall
517984K378684K506184K Earl of Birkenhead791384E Little Wyrley Hall
BR cl 5 4-6-0872984KManor 4-6-0792284K Salford Hall
7301384K873084K780084K Torquay Manor43xx 2-6-0
7303884K972884K782284K Foxcote Manor531184K634484K
WD 2-8-0979484K782784K Lydham Manor531584K634584K
9068684K28xx 2-8-0Grange 4-6-0539984K638084K
284884K682384K Oakley Grange633681F
Shed Codes685784K Tudor Grange
81A Old Oak Common84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84E Tyseley84G Shrewsbury85C Hereford
Sunday 28 September 19586Etotal:43
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)57xx 0-6-0PTCastle 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
401166E36306E40786E Pembroke Castle491284A Berrington Hall
BR cl 3 2-6-2T36656E502581F Chirk Castle59626E Wantage Hall
820016E37866E503884G Morlais Castle597784G Beckford Hall
820026E57196EJubilee 4-6-043xx 2-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
820036E87096E456246E St. Helena53996E483179E
820056E87306E456326E Tonga63766E484026E
51xx 2-6-2T97286EGrange 4-6-063806E484156E
41156E97946E687286G Crawley Grange639584G484176E
BR cl 5 4-6-0BR cl 4 4-6-028xx 2-8-0WD 2-8-0484186E
Shed Codes6E Chester West9E Trafford Park81F Oxford83B Taunton
84A Stafford Road84G Shrewsbury86A Newport Ebbw Jct86G Pontypool Road
Sunday 22 February 19596Etotal:42
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)57xx 0-6-0PTCastle 4-6-0
401166E36306E501081D Restormal Castle101684G County of Hants
BR cl 3 2-6-2T36656EJubilee 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
820026E36766E456136E Kenya592684A Grotrian Hall
820036E37866E456246E St. Helena695886C Oxburgh Hall
820056E46026E43xx 2-6-0BR cl 4 4-6-0Manor 4-6-0
820326E77626E534586G750056E782184E Ditcheat Manor
820346E87096E538186G750206Ecl 8F 2-8-028xx 2-8-0
BR cl 5 4-6-097286E63806E750286E484086E382584F
730336E97946E638285DWD 2-8-0484156E383681C
Shed Codes9012586C484176E
1A Willesden6E Chester West81C Southall81D Reading81E Didcot84A Stafford Road
84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury85D Kidderminster86C Cardiff Canton86G Pontypool Road

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