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, 10 August 2013

Crewe Works - October, 1958

A Stanier class 4P 2-6-4T outside the Paint Shop at Crewe Works on 6th August 1958.
Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Crewe Works - October 1958
Abbreviations for type of repairs. Numbers indicate days in works
HIHeavy IntermediateLILight Intermediate
HGHeavy GeneralLCLight Casual
Sunday 5 October 1958
works yard
cl 5MT 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
449379A aw454193A aw461148A Coldstream Guardsman LI455528A Silver Jubilee xw
4494824B xw454296J awPrincess Royal 4-6-24560855A Gibraltar HC 32 aw
4507824A awcl 4P 2-6-4T (St)462125A Duchess of Kent aw4569555C Minoteur LC 14 aw
451471A aw4263424C xwBritannia 4-6-2WD 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
451871A awcl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)700149E Iron Duke aw905666B aw9207316D xw
4523621B xw426743E awcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)906722F xw9207416D aw
453256B awcl 6F 0-8-0 (LNW)4320841D W4912186K Wcl 8F 2-8-09207516D aw
cl 4P 4-4-04919186K W4335682G W486481A xw
4110624J W4374255F W
paint shop and yard
new 9F 2-10-0scl 5MT 4-6-0Coronation 4-6-2Patriot 4-6-0
9224192242453795A462435A City of Lancaster HI 38455141B Holyhead LC 28
new 0-6-0 diesel462465A City of Manchester LI 37Jubilee 4-6-0
D3581455553B Quebec LC 42
erecting shop
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
4208350G447688A455141B Holyhead LC 28455608A Prince Edward Islands LI
4225014D4478024B455209A Llandudno LI 35455789A United Provinces HG 44
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4482214BRoyal Scot 4-6-04558024E Burma LI 33
4265526C448403E4610955A Royal Engineer HG 44455955B Southern Rhodesia LI 31
cl 2MT 2-6-04484714D461205A Royal Inniskilling Fusilier4561017A Gold Coast LI 33
4640215C449116A461478A Northamptonshire Reg. LI4566441C Nelson LI 32
4643311B4492724EPrincess Royal 4-6-2456668A Cornwallis LI 27
4644912B450653D462008A The Princess Royal457215A Impregnable LI 35
new 0-6-0 diesels450713E462065A Princess Marie LouiseCoronation 4-6-2
D3582D35884508055C462078A Prin. Arthur of Connaught4624412B King George VI HI 41
D3583D3589452438Acl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)Britannia 4-6-2
D3584D35904526017A481358E489643A700429E Lord Roberts
D3585D3591453015B481659A4908726FBR 9F 2-10-0new 9F 2-10-0s
D3587454053B0-6-0 dieselsWD 2-8-09208118A9224492248
erecting shop yard
cl 5MT 4-6-0BR 9F 2-10-0Patriot 4-6-0Royal Scot 4-6-0
4485117A9202115A455258A Colwyn Bay HG 34461276J Old Contemptibles HI 37
4513326FJubilee 4-6-0Britannia 4-6-2
4557641C Bombay HI 35700439A Earl Kitchener
Sunday 19 October 1958
works yard and erecting shops
cl 5MT 4-6-0Patriot 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0
4110624J W447419A455188A Bradshaw LC 34455608A Prince Edward Islands LI
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)447605A455209A Llandudno LI 354557355A Newfoundland HI 34
4214824E447738A455321B Illustrious HG 36455789A United Provinces HG 44
4215424D4481117B455411B Duke of Sutherland HG 32455955B Southern Rhodesia LI 31
426743E4482214B455465A Fleetwood HC 424560855A Gibraltar HC 32
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)4485117ARoyal Scot 4-6-0456255A Sarawak HG 39
4249124H4485455A461069A Gordon Highlander HG 34456668A Cornwallis LI 27
425381A4489326A4610955A Royal Engineer HG 444566826F Madden LI 25
425675D449092A461229A Royal Ulster Rifleman LI457093B Implacable LC 19
426041A4492724E461478A Northamptonshire Reg. LI457215A Impregnable LI 35
4262326A449379APrincess Royal 4-6-2457265A Vindictive NC 12
4263724C4494455A462008A The Princess RoyalCoronation 4-6-2
cl 2MT 2-6-0450566J462078A Prin. Arthur of Connaught4622366A Princess Alice HI 47
4640215C450653D462125A Duchess of Kent4624412B King George VI HI 41
464202D4507724EBritannia 4-6-2cl 8F 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
4643311B451471A700149E Iron Duke480458E9201416D
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)451871A700179E Arrow4813055D9206716D
4320841D W4522326B700429E Lord Roberts481358E9207416D
4335682G W453015B700439A Earl Kitchener481558E9207516D
4374255F W453256Bnew 9F 2-10-0snew 0-6-0 diesels482789D9209216D
cl 7F 0-8-0 (LNW)453915B9224392246D3583D3588484115B9209316D
489643A454053B9224492247D3584D35894862018AWD 2-8-0
493528F454296J0-6-0 dieselsD3586D35914864515B905666B
cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)1200312029D3587D3592486491A9059524C
52212CW W5892684G W1201912081
works shunters October 1958)
cl 3F 0-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0ST (BW)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 0F 0-4-0ST (Dr)
cl 3F 0-6-0T4437351444522185234552464
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 Rugby2D Coventry2F Woodford Halse
3A Bescot3B Bushbury3D Aston3E Monument Lane5A Crewe North5B Crewe South
5D Stoke-on-Trent6A Chester Midland6B Mold Junction6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill8E Northwich
8F Springs Branch9A Longsight9D Buxton9E Trafford Park11B Workington12B Carlisle Upperby
14B Kentish Town14D Neasden15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland16D Annesley
17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent18A Toton21B Bourneville24A Accrington24B Rose Grove
24C Lostock Hall24D Lower Darwen24E Blackpool24H Hellifield24J Lancaster26A Newton Heath
26B Agecroft26C Bolton26F Patricroft41C Millhouses41D Canklow50G Whitby
55A Leeds Holbeck55C Farnley Junction55D Royston55F Manningham66A Polmadie82G Templecombe
84G Shrewsbury86K Abergavenny

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