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.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Crewe Works - November 1958

Rebuilt 'Royal Scot' 7P 4-6-0 No. 46122 'Royal Ulster Rifleman' hauls a football special in May 1957.  This locomotive was undergoing repair in Crewe Works in November 1958.  Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Crewe Works - November 1958
Abbreviations for type of repairs. Numbers indicate days in works
HIHeavy IntermediateLILight Intermediate
HGHeavy GeneralLCLight Casual
Sunday 9 November 1958
works yards
cl 4P 4-4-0cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Britannia 4-6-2
4110624J W4493912B455111A Isle of Man LC 42700179E Arrow
4225114D451912E4553712B Private E. Sykes VC HC700449A Earl Haig
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4531712B455411B Duke of Sutherland HG 32Coronation 4-6-2
4320841D W453988APrincess Royal 4-6-24623712B City of Bristol LI 36
4335682G Wcl 2MT 2-6-04620166A Princess ElizabethWD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
4374255F W4650018Ccl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)9023886C9201116D
cl 0F 0-4-0STcl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)482503A4927684G W9057386C9205121A
470096C5892684G W9059524C9206716D
erecting shop
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
413219G4480326A4550812B HG 35455565A Nova Scotia HI 25
413246C4484317B455465A Fleetwood HC 424556255A Alberta HG 34
BR cl 2MT 2-6-2T4492827A455485A Lytham & St. Annes HI 374558224K Central Provinces HI 26
840036C4493612BRoyal Scot 4-6-04570855C Resolution LC 16
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4494521A4612612B Royal Army Service Corps4571927A Glorious HI 25
4228926C450343E461505A Life Guardsman NC 12Coronation 4-6-2
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4507724EPrincess Royal 4-6-24622612B Duchess of Norfolk HI 43
4244011A4510326A462098A Princess BeatriceBritannia 4-6-20-6-0 diesels
4244226F4510526Acl 0F 0-4-0STcl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)700456J1201912081
424658F4510724F470056C489303ABR 9F 2-10-012029
424883E451085Bcl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-09201216Dnew 0-6-0 diesels
cl 2MT 2-6-0452873B485009Anew 9F 2-10-0sD3590D3730
outside erecting shop
cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2new 9F 2-10-0s
4524124L456045A Ceylon NC 21462515A City of Nottingham HI 3592247new
452768A456691B Fisher LI 27
paint shop and yard
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2
425675D447738A456255A Sarawak HG 394622366A Princess Alice HI 47
426041A4507724EPrincess Royal 4-6-2Britannia 4-6-2
4262326A453915B462125A Duchess of Kent700429E Lord Roberts
cl 8F 2-8-0new 9F 2-10-0snew 0-6-0 diesels
Sunday 23 November 1958
works yards and erecting shops
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
413246C4466314B455001A Patriot LI 32455553B Quebec LC 29
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4474427A455111A Isle of Man LC 424556255A Alberta HG 34
4210856F4474527A455218A Rhyl LI 274571927A Glorious HI 25
4225114D4484526A455318A Sir Frederick Harrison LI 27457413B Leinster HI 26
4268514B4484714D4553712B Private E. Sykes VC HCRoyal Scot 4-6-0
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)448632A455485A Lytham & St. Annes HI 37461159A Scots Guardsman LC 36
424255C448685BPrincess Royal 4-6-2461229A Royal Ulster Rifleman NC
424799E4492827A462008A The Princess Royal4612612B Royal Army Service Corps
4254624B4493612B4620166A Princess Elizabeth4613612B Border Regiment HI 36
4255924D4498726B462098A Princess Beatrice461505A Life Guardsman NC 12
4256126F450025BCoronation 4-6-2Britannia 4-6-2
425708A450343E462215A Queen Elizabeth HI 44700159E Apollo
425772A4510326A4622612B Duchess of Norfolk HI 43700456J Lord Rowallan
4261924A451085B4623712B City of Bristol LI 36WD 2-8-0new 9F 2-10-0s
4264427D451912E462495A City of Sheffield LI 65900662F9224792249
cl 2MT 2-6-04520024Ecl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)900952F9224892250
464456K4520455C480468E489303A9023886Cnew 0-6-0 diesels
cl 0F 0-4-0ST4522827C483663A4927684G W902426BD3588D3728
470096C4531712B485009Acl 3F 0-6-0 (J)9041926DD3590D3730
cl 4P 4-4-0453703D486001A4320841D W9053026AD3591D3731
4110624J W4542711A4870256F4335682G W9056426BD3592
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)4543526Acl 3F 0-6-0 (A)4374255F W9057386C0-6-0 diesels
5892684G W4545112B52212CW WBR T2 diesel1201912029
works shunters November 1958
cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0ST (BW)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 0F 0-4-0ST (Dr)
preserved locos - stored in the Paint Shop
Liverpool & Manchester 0-4-2 LionLNW 0-4-0ST 1439MR 4-4-0 41000LNW 2-4-0 790
LNW 2-2-2 30200-4-0T LNW Pet
Shed Codes1A Willesden1B Camden2A Rugby2E Northampton2F Woodford Halse
3A Bescot3B Bushbury3D Aston3E Monument Lane5A Crewe North5B Crewe South
5C Stafford5D Stoke-on-Trent6B Mold Junction6C Birkenhead6J Holyhead6K Rhyl
8A Edge Hill8E Northwich8F Springs Branch9A Longsight9E Trafford Park9G Gorton
11A Barrow12B Carlisle Upperby14B Kentish Town14D Neasden14E Bedford16D Annesley
17B Burton-on-Trent18C Hasland21A Saltley24A Accrington24B Rose Grove24C Lostock Hall
24D Lower Darwen24E Blackpool24F Fleetwood24J Lancaster24L Carnforth26A Newton Heath
26B Agecroft26C Bolton26D Bury26F Patricroft27A Bank Hall27C Southport
27D Wigan L&Y41D Canklow55A Leeds Holbeck55C Farnley Junction55F Manningham55G Huddersfield
56F Low Moor66A Polmadie82G Templecombe84G Shrewsbury86C Cardiff Canton86G Pontypool Road

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