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, 29 December 2013

West Auckland 1956 - 1963

These Ivatt class 2MT 2-6-0s replaced older NER types at West Auckland and Kirkby Stephen for work over the steeply graded Stainmore line in the mid 1950s.  This one was seen in the yard at Derby in 1963. Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
West Auckland
Pre Grouping Ownership - North Eastern Railwayshed codes
type:A brick built roundhouse shed.pre 1950AUK
location:West of the line, between West Auckland and Bishop Auckland stations.1950 - 196451F
access:A cinder path went to the shed from the B6283.opened:1887
BR Database - http://www.brdatabase.info/sites.php?page=depots&subpage=main&id=591closed:1964
Friday 30 March 195651Ftotal:37
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-0A8 4-6-2T (NER)J39 0-6-0J26 0-6-0 (NER)J72 0-6-0T (NER)
4305651F4647151F6985651F6475651F6573151F6869151F
4305751F4647651F6986851F6477851F6573351F6869251F
4307151F4648051F6987051F6484851F6573551F6870751F
4307551F4648151F6987251F6486251FJ71 0-6-0T (NER)6901851F
4312551F4648251F6987551F6498251F6824251FQ6 0-8-0
BR 2MT 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-0V1 2-6-2TY1 0-4-0T6826951F6335151F
7801551F7700251F6761064B xw6814951F6839151F6345951F
7700351Fxw - running-in ex Darlington Works
Shed Codes51F West Auckland64B Haymarket
Sunday 14 July 195751Ftotal:34
cl 2MT 2-6-0BR 4MT 2-6-0A8 4-6-2T (NER)J39 0-6-0J26 0-6-0 (NER)J72 0-6-0T (NER)
4647151F7602451F6985151F6475651F6573151F6868551F
4648051F7604551F6986851F6477851F6573351F6869151F
4648151F7604651F6987251F6484851F6573551F6869251F
4648251F7604951F6987551F6486251FQ6 0-8-0J71 0-6-0T (NER)
BR 3MT 2-6-07605051FY1 0-4-0T6492751F6335151F6825451F
7700251FV3 2-6-2T6814951F6498251F6345951F6826951F
7700351F6769052A xw - running-in ex Darlington Works6829551F
Shed Codes51F West Auckland52A Gateshead
Sunday 8 June 195851Ftotal:34
cl 2MT 2-6-0BR 4MT 2-6-0J39 0-6-0J72 0-6-0T (NER)Q6 0-8-0J71 0-6-0T (NER)
4648051F7602151F6475651F6868551F6335151F6823551F
4648151F7602451F6477851F6869151F6335351F6824251F
4648251F7604651F6484851F6869251F6339851F6825451F
J26 0-6-0 (NER)7604951F6486251F6901851F6345951F6826951F
6573151F7605051F6492751FBR 2MT 2-6-0J50 0-6-0T (GNR)6829551F
6573351FBR 3MT 2-6-06497851F7801651F6895951F
6573551F7700251F6498251F
1959 allocation (35)
cl 2MT 2-6-0LMS1J71 0-6-0TNER3BR 4MT 2-6-0BR6
Q6 0-8-0NER6J72 0-6-0TNER6BR 3MT 2-6-0BR2
J39 0-6-0LNER7A8 4-6-2TNER1BR 2MT 2-6-0BR1
J26 0-6-0NER2
Saturday 4 July 195951Ftotal:28
cl 2MT 2-6-0BR 2MT 2-6-0J39 0-6-0Q6 0-8-0J71 0-6-0T (NER)J72 0-6-0T (NER)
4648251F7801651F6475651F6334051F6823551F6868551F
BR 4MT 2-6-0J26 0-6-0 (NER)6477851F6339851F6825451F6869151F
7604651F6573151F6484851F6340751F6826951F6869251F
7604951F6573551F6486251F6344351F
BR 3MT 2-6-06492751F6344651F
7700251F6497851F6345951F
7700351F6498251F6346351F
Sunday 1 May 196051Ftotal:33
cl 2MT 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-0J39 0-6-0Q6 0-8-0J72 0-6-0T (NER)
4647151F7700251F6475651F6334051F6344351F6868551F
BR 4MT 2-6-07700351F6477851F6335151F6344651F6869151F
7602151FBR 2MT 2-6-06484851F6335351F6345951F6869251F
7604651F7801651F6486251F6339851FJ71 0-6-0T (NER)6872451F
7604951FJ26 0-6-0 (NER)6492751F6340351F6823551F6900751F
7605051F6573151F6498251F6825451F6901851F
6573551F6826951F
Sunday 2 July 196151F4am - 4.10amtotal:28
BR 4MT 2-6-0J39 0-6-0Q6 0-8-0J72 0-6-0T (NER)
7602151F6471951F6484851F6334051F6344351F6869251F
7604551F6475651F6486251F6335151F6344651F6870851F
7604651F6483551F6492751F6335351F6345951F0-6-0 diesel
BR 3MT 2-6-0BR 2MT 2-6-06496951F6340351FJ26 0-6-0 (NER)D2154
7700251F7801651F6497951F6340751F6573151F
7700351F6498251F6573551F
Sunday 26 August 196251Ftotal:24
BR 4MT 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-0Q6 0-8-00-6-0 diesels
7602151F7700251F6334051F6335151F6340351FD2319D2337
7604551F7700351F6334151F6335351F6340751F
7604651FBR 2MT 2-6-06334351F6335551F6344351F
7604951F7801651F6334451F6337351F6344651F
7605051F6334751F6339851F
Sunday 10 March 196351Ftotal:23
BR 4MT 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-0Q6 0-8-00-6-0 diesel
7604551F7700351F6334051F6335351F6340751FD2336
7604651FBR 2MT 2-6-06334151F6335551F6344351F
7604951F7801651F6334351F6337351F6344651F
7605051F7802551F6334451F6339851F6345951F
6334751F6340351F
6335151F
Sunday 3 November 196351Ftotal:16
cl 4MT 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-0Q6 0-8-0BR T2 diesels0-6-0 diesels
4313351F7701051F6334451F6339851FD5158D5170D2108D2304
4313851C6335151F6344651FD5163D5172
4314051F6336151F
4314151FShed Codes51C West Hartlepool51F West Auckland
West Auckland shed closed on 2nd February, 1964

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