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, 8 February 2014

Percy Main 1948 - 1965

Percy Main was unusual in that, for most of this period, it only had J27 0-6-0s on its books.  Here 65894, rests in York shed yard. Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Percy Main
Pre Grouping Ownership - North Eastern Railwaypre 1950PMN
type:A complex layout: a stone built 2TS, a brick built 3TS and a stone built 3TS.1950 - 196552E
location:South of the point where the Blyth & Tyne colliery line runs under the main line.opened:1855
access:Off St. John's Street.closed:1966
BR Database and MapGoogle MapBlyth & Tyne Railway
Sunday 1 August 1948PMNtotal:20
J27 0-6-0 (NER)
5784PMN5796PMN5814PMN5822PMN65831PMN5839PMN
65791PMN5802PMN65815PMN65825PMN5837PMN5852PMN
65792PMN5812PMN5821PMN5826PMN5838PMN5858PMN
65794HTN5813PMNShed CodesHTN HeatonPMN Percy Main
Sun 21 Aug 1949PMNtotal:22
J27 0-6-0 (NER)
65780PMN65795PMN65809PMN65821PMN65831PMN65839PMN
65784PMN5796PMN65812PMN65822PMN5837PMN65852PMN
65792PMN65802PMN65813PMN65825PMN65838PMN65858PMN
65794PMN65806PMN65814PMN65826PMN
1950 allocation (24)J27 0-6-0NER24
Sunday 30 September 195152Etotal:22
D20 4-4-0 (NER)J27 0-6-0 (NER)
6238052D S6578052E6579652E6581252E6582152E6583852E
s - stored6578452E6580252E6581352E6582552E6583952E
J77 0-6-0T (NER)6579152E6580652E6581452E6582652E6585252E
6844052E6579552E6580952E6581552E6583152E6585852E
Shed Codes52D Tweedmouth52E Percy Main
Sunday 10 August 195252Etotal:23
J27 0-6-0 (NER)
6578052E6579652E6580752E6581552E6583752E6585252E
6578452E6579952E6580952E6582152E6583852E6585852E
6579152E6580252E6581252E6582652E6583952E6587352B
6579552E6580652E6581452E6583152E6584252E
Shed Codes52B Heaton52E Percy Main
Sunday 25 April 195452Etotal:22
J27 0-6-0 (NER)
6578052E6579652E6580952E6582152E6583752E6585852E
6578452E6579952E6581252E6582552E6583952ED20 4-4-0 (NER)
6579152E6580652E6581352E6582652E6584252E6235252D S
6579552E6580752E6581452E6583152E6585252Es - stored
Shed Codes52D Tweedmouth52E Percy Main
Sunday 10 June 195652Etotal:23
J27 0-6-0 (NER)
6578052E6579652E6580752E6581452E6583752E6585852E
6578452E6579952E6580952E6582152E6583952E0-6-0 diesels
6579152E6580252E6581252E6582552E6584252E1324313244
6579552E6580652E6581352E6583152E6585252E
Sunday 14 July 195752Etotal:23
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6578052E6579652E6580752E6581452E6583752E1121713316
6578452E6579952E6580952E6582152E6583952E13243
6579152E6580252E6581252E6582652E6585252E
6579552E6580652E6581352E6583152E6585852E
Saturday 11 October 195852Etotal:24
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6578052E6579652E6581252E6582552E6583952E1121713244
6578452E6579952E6581352E6582652E6585252E11218D3673
6579152E6580252E6581452E6583152E6585852E13242
6579552E6580952E6582152E6583752E
1959 allocation (21)J27 0-6-0NER21
Saturday 4 July 195952Etotal:25
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6578452E6580952E6582552E6585252ED2047D2058D2249
6579152E6581252E6583752E6585852ED2050D2059D3241
6580252E6581452E6583952ED2056D2060D3674
6580752E6582152E6584252ED2057D2061
Sunday 10 January 196052Etotal:22
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6579552E6580952E6582152E6583952ED2044D3241
6579652E6581252E6582552E6584252ED2056D3242
6580252E6581352E6583152E6585252ED2058D3674
6580752E6581452E6583752E6585852E
Sunday 9 July 196152Etotal:22
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6579152E6580752E6581452E6584252ED2047D3321
6579552E6580952E6582152E6585052ED2321D3673
6579652E6581252E6583752E6585252ED2322D3943
6580252E6581352E6583952E6585852E
Sunday 25 March 196252Etotal:23
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6579152E6580952E6582152E6584252E6585852ED2047D2334
6579552E6581252E6582552E6585052E6587752ED2166D3317
6580252E6581352E6583152E6585252ED2247D3673
6580752E6581452E6583752E
Sunday 11 August 196352Etotal:21
J27 0-6-0 (NER)Q6 0-8-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6579052E6580252E6582152E6586052E6339452ED2047D2326
6579152E6580552E6582552E6586952ED2049D2327
6579552E6581252E6584252ED2166D3322
6579652E6581352E6585852E
Saturday 5 September 196452E08.51 - 09.05total:15
J27 0-6-0 (NER)0-6-0 diesels
6579052E6579652E6581252ED2045D2105
6579152E6580252E6582552ED2048D2326
6579552E6580952E6584252ED2093D3324
Saturday 4 September 196552E08.45 - 08.50total:7
0-6-0 diesels
D2055D2166D2335D3678
D2106D2329D3316
Percy Main shed closed on 27th February, 1966

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