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, 3 August 2013

Crewe Gresty Lane 1946 - 1963

Great Western Hall 4-6-0 4986 Ashton Hall at the north end of Crewe station. Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Crewe Gresty Lane
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Western Railwayopened:1870closed:1963
location:On the north side of the Natwich line, south of Crewe station.subshed to Wellington (WLN)
type:A brick built 2TS dead-ended shed with a gable style pitched slate roof.
Site Location: http://www.railuk.info/steam/getshed.php?id=579
Sunday 10 March 1946subshed to Wellington (WLN)total:6
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
5178WLN6317TN5758WLN3843RDG4912PPRD Berrington Hall
4953CDF Pitchford Hall
Sunday 30 May 1948subshed to Wellington (WLN)total:6
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
5135WLN5390OXY5739SRD3847OXF6938WOS Corndean Hall
72xx 2-8-2T
7240OXY
Sunday 7 November 1948subshed to Wellington (WLN)total:8
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PT72xx 2-8-2THall 4-6-0
5139WLN5758WLN7222OXY4916OXY Crumlin Hall
7238OXY6936WOS Breccles Hall
7248OXY6951WOS Impney Hall
Shed Codes 1946 - 1948CDF Cardiff CantonOXF OxfordOXY OxleyPPRD Pontypool Road
RDG ReadingSRD Stafford RoadWLN WellingtonWOS Worcester
Sunday 7 August 1949subshed to Wellington (84H)total:6
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
513784H633187G376084A287484C491286G Berrington Hall
Grange 4-6-0
684884A Toddington Hall
Shed Codes84A Stafford Road84C Banbury84H Wellington86G Pontypool Road87G Carmarthen
Sunday 1 April 1951subshed to Wellington (84H)total:5
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0
415484H633584B636384B931081C382084C
Shed Codes81C Reading84B Oxley84C Banbury84H Wellington
Saturday 19 April 1952subshed to Wellington (84H)total:7
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-0ROD 2-8-028xx 2-8-072xx 2-8-2TWD 2-8-0
513884H530984B302285A288584F724384B9028484B
532381F
Shed Codes81F Oxford84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington85A Worcester
Sunday 15 March 1953subshed to Wellington (84H)total:5
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-0Grange 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
510984H539084B682884F Toddington Grange694284B Eshton Hall
57xx 0-6-0PT
Shed Codes84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington575884H
Sunday 8 August 1954subshed to Wellington (84H)total:7
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PTGrange 4-6-0
517884H531384F930784B963984H680785A Birchwood Grange
633784K931484B
Shed Codes84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington84K Chester GWR85A Worcester
Sunday 24 October 1954subshed to Wellington (84H)total:10
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-0cl 8F 2-8-028xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
415584H537884B4842082B287484F495481E Plaish Hall
57xx 0-6-0PTModified Hall 4-6-0382184F591284E Queen's Hall
962484H791584B Mere Hall591785A Westminster Hall
Shed Codes81E Didcot82B St. Philip's Marsh84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.
84H Wellington85A Worcester
Sunday 14 August 1955subshed to Wellington (84H)total:9
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
516884G531384F639384F281984B594385A Elmdon Hall
633485A930784B284984E57xx 0-6-0PT
Shed Codes373284H
84B Oxley84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury84H Wellington85A Worcester
Sunday 9 September 1956subshed to Wellington (84H)total:8
BR cl 3MT 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0
8200484H537584B635785A280785A385884K
538184B931484B282984F
Shed Codes84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington84K Chester GWR85A Worcester
Sunday 28 September 1958subshed to Wellington (84H)total:9
51xx 2-6-2TWD 2-8-0Modified Hall 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
411084H9068684K698784F Shervington Hall494982B Packwood Hall
BR cl 3MT 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0498484B Albrighton Hall
8200484H539685A383784B695281E Kimberley Hall
Shed Codes81E Didcot82B St. Philip's Marsh84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.
84H Wellington84K Chester GWR85A Worcester
Sunday 7 June 1959subshed to Wellington (84H)total:9
51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTModified Hall 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
412084H977484H697584B Capesthorne Hall496884G Shotton Hall
cl 3F 0-6-0T43xx 2-6-028xx 2-8-0498684F Aston Hall
475985E538582B285183B691581E Mursley Hall
Shed Codes5E Alsager81E Didcot82B St. Philip's Marsh83B Taunton
84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury84H Wellington
Sunday 20 March 1960subshed to Wellington (84H)total:9
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)28xx 2-8-0Modified Hall 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
4120184H382084B698084B Llanrumney Hall497282C Saint Brides Hall
43xx 2-6-0386184BManor 4-6-0598584B Mostyn Hall
732382B57xx 0-6-0PT780089A Torquay Manor
962184H
Shed Codes82B St. Philip's Marsh82C Swindon84B Oxley84H Wellington89A Oswestry
Sunday 25 June 1961subshed to Wellington (84H)total:8
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 8F 2-8-0Grange 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
4123284H4843682B684487F Penhydd Grange693384A Birtles Hall
43xx 2-6-04847889A687785A Llanfair Grange57xx 0-6-0PT
734184B974184H
Shed Codes82B St. Philip's Marsh84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84H Wellington
85A Worcester87F Llanelly89A Shrewsbury
Sunday 12 August 1962subshed to Wellington (84H)total:10
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)28xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
4123284H386288A691589A Mursley Hall693384B Birtles Hall
Manor 4-6-0692684E Holkham Hall694885A Holbrooke Hall
782484B Ilford Manor692781F Lilford HallModified Hall 4-6-0
57xx 0-6-0PT697184E Athelhampton Hall
460584H
Shed Codes81F Oxford84B Oxley84E Tyseley84H Wellington
85A Worcester88A Cardiff Canton89A Shrewsbury
Sunday 10 February 1963subshed to Wellington (84H)total:5
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)28xx 2-8-057xx 0-6-0PTcl 8F 2-8-0Grange 4-6-0
4124184H285684B377684H4842484F682784F Llanfrechfa Grange
Shed Codes84B Oxley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington
Gresty Lane shed closed in June 1963

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