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.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Darlington Works & Shed 1964 (Part1)

Darlington Works was established by the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1863 and built and maintained locomotives until its closure on 1st April 1966.  Chief Mechanical Engineers included William Worsdell and Vincent Raven who designed some of the icon engines of the North Eastern Railway.  The Works played an important part in the locomotive developments of the LNER under Gresley, Thompson and Peppercorn and finally, from 1948 until 1966, North Road Works were usefully employed in building steam and diesel locomotives for British Railways.
A Q6 0-8-0 of the NER, built by Raven, outside the main erecting shop at Darlington in 1959.  Photo:  RuthAs and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Darlington Works and Shed
By 1964, Darlington Works and Shed were in decline. The Works, whilst still building Type 2 diesels, had begun to
maintain a range of steam locos which it had not dealt with before. It also began to deal with locos from a much
wider part of the country. It seems that they were probably taking over maintenance of steam locos from Derby.
Saturday 25 January 1964Darlington Works
erecting shop and yard
A4 4-6-2V2 2-6-2Clan 4-6-2WD 2-8-0
6000461B William Whitelaw erc6092356B erc7200166A Clan Cameron W9020941J erc
A3 4-6-26095450A WBR 5MT 4-6-0BR 4MT 2-6-09021056A erc
6007764A The White Knight yd6097061B yd7309285C erc750066C yd9030141J yd
6008052A Shotover ydK1 2-6-07313816J erc750375D erc9065556D ss
A1 4-6-26200151A erc7314216J erc750468K erc9070936A yd
6013252D Marmion yd6206050A yd7314416J yd750535D yd9072855C W
6014550A Saint Mungo erc6206550A yd7316283D ercBR T2 dieselscl 3F 0-6-0T
B1 4-6-0Q6 0-8-0 (NER)J94 0-6-0STD5102D5169474825B yd
6100441D Oryx W6345151C ss6801651A ydD5109D5171new BR T2 diesels
6101356B Topi yd6346052H WJ21 0-6-0D5148D7584D7586
6125550B ssPeak' diesel6503352F W0-6-0 dieselsD7585D7587
yd - yardD21D220-4-0 dieselD2586D3377BRCW T2 diesel
erc - erecting shopss - stripping shopD180D191D2700D3143D3672D5376
scrap yard
A3 4-6-2V2 2-6-2J27 0-6-0 (NER)J94 0-6-0ST
6003855H Firdaussi W6097450A W6585452G W6800856B W6804250B W
6008852A Book Law WQ6 0-8-0 (NER)6586452G W6802451A W6805952H W
cl 2MT 2-6-06338552G W6589152F W6803852H W6806151C W
4647350D W6803951C W
Darlington Shed51Atotal:67
cl 4MT 2-6-0K1 2-6-0V2 2-6-2A3 4-6-2WD 2-8-0
4305051A6200351A6088551A6003651A Colombo9001151A
4305651A6204351A6091651A6004551A Lemberg9001451A
4305751A6204451Acl 4P 2-6-4T (F)A1 4-6-29009851A
4309951A6204551A4240551A6012050A Kittiwake W9010056B W
4310251A6204650Acl 4P 2-6-4T (St)J94 0-6-0STQ6 0-8-0 (NER)9024955E W
4312951A6206150Acl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)6801151A6334751C9066155E W
4313351F6206451A4208551A6801451A6340751A0-6-0 diesels
4314151FB1 4-6-06804351A6342455H WD2108D2590
cl 2MT 2-6-06103751A Jairou6804651A6344152G WD2167D2618
4641550D W6128850A Wcl 4F 0-6-06804751A6345852G awD2304D3227
BR 5MT 4-6-06130451A4394255D W6805051A"Peak" dieselD2318D3677
731309H xw6132151AJ72 0-6-0T (NER)6806051AD166BR T2 diesels
BR 3MT 2-6-0BR 4MT 2-6-06902051A WD5161D5166
7700051A750405D xw
Saturday 15 February 1964Darlington Works
erecting shop and yard
K1 2-6-0A3 4-6-2BR 5MT 4-6-0J21 0-6-0WD 2-8-0
6200151A erc6007552A St. Frusquin yd730712F yd6503352F W9027250B erc
6206050A ercA1 4-6-2730976D ss6509952H W9048341J yd
6206550A yd6012450A Kennilworth ss7313816J ercJ27 0-6-0 (NER)9065556D yd
BR 4MT 2-6-06014655H Peregrine erc7314216J erc6578952F ercQ6 0-8-0 (NER)
750066C yd6015152D Midlothian yd7314416J ercnew BR T2 diesels6342455H W
750375D ercB1 4-6-07316283D ydD7586D75906345852G erc
750565D yd6103250B Stembok ercdieselsD7587D75916346052H W
V2 2-6-26122536E yd0-6-0 dieselsD22D170D7588D7592BR T2 diesels
6080264A W6125550B ercD3143D3672D25D177D7589D5096D5149
6082262B ydEE T4 dieselD3244D3677D28D179BRCW T2 dieselD5097D5171
cl 3F 0-6-0TD348D337712113D80D185D5371D5376D5106D5180
474825B erc0-4-0 dieselD2586D166D5148
D2700erc - erecting shopss - stripping shopyd - yard
scrap yard
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)B1 4-6-0J94 0-6-0ST
4014855D W4127355C W4240955A W6128850A W6802451A W6804250B W
4019051A Wcl 4F 0-6-06803852H W6806151C W
443369G W6803951C W
Darlington Shed51Atotal:65
cl 4MT 2-6-0A3 4-6-2cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)J94 0-6-0STWD 2-8-0
4305051A6003651A Colombo4125056C W6801051A9001151A
4305751AA1 4-6-2cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)6801151A9001451A
4309951A6014550A St. Mungo xw4208551A6801451A9030951A
4310251AV2 2-6-2cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)6801651A9034555D aw
4312951A6080851A6092356B xw4240551A6804351A9060456A W
K1 2-6-06080951A The Snapper …….4240756D W6804651A9063556A W
6200351A6096750A Wcl 4P 2-6-4T (St)6805051AQ6 0-8-0 (NER)
6200451AJubilee 4-6-04247751A6806051A6334351A
6200851A4564655C Napier W4263951AJ72 0-6-0T (NER)6340751A
6204151Acl 2MT 2-6-0B1 4-6-0Peak' diesel6902051A W6345451C
6204551A464199P aw6130451AD24J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6204851ABR 4MT 2-6-06132151AEE T4 diesel6588952F WD2080D2591
6206451A750468K xwcl 4F 0-6-0D354cl 3F 0-6-0TD2304D2592
BR 3MT 2-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-04398755B WBR T2 diesels4758955C WD2319D2618
7700051A7309285C xw4406256A WD5158D5159D2590D3227
Saturday 21 March 1964Darlington Works
erecting shop and yard
cl 4MT 2-6-0A1 4-6-2J21 0-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-0WD 2-8-0
4311141E yd6012450A Kennilworth yd6503352F W730712F yd9034555D erc
K1 2-6-0B1 4-6-06509952H W730976D erc9037056A ss
6206550A yd6103250B Stembok yd0-6-0 diesels7314216J yd9062556B erc
V2 2-6-26119952H ydBR 4MT 2-6-0D2109D33787314416J erc9065556D erc
6082262B erc6122455H yd750066C ercD314012113new BR T2 diesels9066455E erc
cl 3F 0-6-0T6131950A erc750565D ercD3244D3677D7589D75909072356F erc
474825B ercJ27 0-6-0 (NER)Peak' diesels0-4-0 dieselD7591J94 0-6-0ST
Q6 0-8-0 (NER)6578952F ercD11D177D2700EE T4 diesel6801651A yd
6346052H Wyd - yardD30D182BRCW T2 dieselD390departmental loco
erc - erecting shopss - stripping shopD170D179D5371Dep 56
Darlington Shed51Atotal:52
cl 4MT 2-6-0A3 4-6-2K1 2-6-0J94 0-6-0STWD 2-8-0
4305051A6003651A Colombo6200151A xw6801051A9001151A
4305751A6004551A Lemberg6200451A6801151A9001451A
4309951AV2 2-6-26200851A6801451A9009851A
4312951A6080951A The Snapper …….6204351A6803751A9027250B xw
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)6088551A6091651A6204451A6804351A9030951A
4214556BB1 4-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-06204551A6804751A0-6-0 diesels
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)6130451A7313816J xw6206050A xw6805051AD2318D2591
4263951A6132151ABR 4MT 2-6-06206451A6806051AD2336D2592
BR 3MT 2-6-0Q6 0-8-0 (NER)750375D xwEE T4 dieselsBR T2 dieselsD2337D2618
7700051A6334351AJ72 0-6-0T (NER)D259D278D5158D5168D2590D3227
6344051C6902051A W
Shed Codes2F Bescot5B Crewe South5D Stoke-on-Trent6C Croes Newydd6D Shrewsbury
8K Bank Hall9E Trafford Park9G Gorton9H Patricroft9P Lees, Oldham16J Rowsley
36A Doncaster36E Retford41D Canklow41E Staveley B'rw Hill41J Langwith Jct.50A York
50B Hull Dairycoates50D Goole51A Darlington51C West Hartlepool51F West Auckland52A Gateshead
52D Tweedmouth52F N&S Blyth52G Sunderland52H Tyne Dock55A Leeds Holbeck55B Stourton
55C Farnley Junction55D Royston55E Normanton55H Leeds Neville Hill56A Wakefield56B Ardsley
56C Leeds Copley Hill56D Mirfield56F Low Moor61B Aberdeen F'Hill62B Dundee Tay Bridge64A St. Margarets
66A Polmadie83D Laira (Plymouth)85C Gloucester B'wd


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  2. January and February works listings show 63460 as a Q6. This locomotive is a Q7 and is still in existence as NER T3 0-8-0 No 901.