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.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Wolverhampton Works 1955 - 1963

Wolverhampton Works
Wolverhampton Stafford Road Works was the most modern of all the Great Western locomotive workshops. New erecting
shops were opened as late as 1932. Prior to this the old works had struggled on in cramped confinement. It was situated
between the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton line and split in half by Stafford Road. In order to make maximum use of the
small amount of land available, three traversers were built into the site. All sorts of standard GW classes went to
Wolverhampton, but not until later years were 4-6-0s dealt with. The Works closed in February 1964.
Sunday 16 January 1955total:34
TV 0-6-2T51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PTCastle 4-6-0
39388C410884A537884B574584H504783A Dartmouth Castle
45xx 2-6-2T411385A630784E776587FHall 4-6-0
454689A417884H638185B963984H590084E Hinderton Hall
459685D510684A930784B973984B693286C Burwarton Hall
550982C61xx 2-6-2Tcl 2MT 2-6-094xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
56xx 0-6-2T611884E4650989A842884B380686E9071684G
668384F612281F2251 0-6-0846284A385086E72xx 2-8-2T
669784D613181B225684C947784F54xx 0-6-0PT724681F
Sunday 9 October 1955total:27
45xx 2-6-2T51xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PT56xx 0-6-2T14xx 0-4-2T
550789C414185B373284H879284F661084B2251 0-6-0
556086F510184F374081B96516C43xx 2-6-0223284G
Dukedog 4-4-0511085D461581A978284F539084B
901789C515184A462885B64xx 0-6-0PT633884J
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead81A Old Oak Common81B Slough81E Didcot81F Oxford
82C Swindon83A Newton Abbot84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury84D Leamington Spa
84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury84H Wellington84J Croes Newydd85A Worcester
85B Gloucester85D Kidderminster86C Cardiff Canton86E Severn Tunnel J.86F Tondu87F Llanelly
88C Barry89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Saturday 11 February 1956total:26
51xx 2-6-2T2251 0-6-057xx 0-6-0PT72xx 2-8-2TGrange 4-6-0
41206C321485A366584K721486A68416C Marlas Grange
61xx 2-6-2T321685A373881D724784BHall 4-6-0
613484E2301 0-6-0 (CR)378684K56xx 0-6-2T693682A Breccles Hall
43xx 2-6-0253889A460881C564282B695882A Oxburgh Hall
538184BDukedog 4-4-0574887H667484F16xx 0-6-0PT74xx 0-6-0PT
730885C901581F770881D42xx 2-8-0T162385B743884E
Sunday 19 August 1956total:28
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PTHall 4-6-0
410484F532584E372885C77146C593084C Hanningham Hall
414284H633589C374882A773584E56xx 0-6-2T74xx 0-6-0PT
61xx 2-6-2T2251 0-6-0578084A968284E14xx 0-4-2T
Shed Codes6C Birkenhead81C Southall81D Reading81F Oxford82A Bristol Bath Road
82B St.Philip's Marsh82C Swindon84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury84E Tyseley
84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington84J Croes Newydd85A Worcester85B Gloucester85C Hereford
85D Kidderminster86A Newport Ebbw Jct.87H Neyland89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Saturday 18 May 1957total:26
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT94xx 0-6-0PT
61xx 2-6-2T534184B930884G374984H973984B848885B
611281F535085A45xx 2-6-2T469684F975284B945585A
615281B637889C551789C571581B976784F74xx 0-6-0PT
638084K554189C15xx 0-6-0PT56xx 0-6-2T743084F
Sunday 10 November 1957total:34
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT28xx 2-8-0County 4-6-0
411485D532183B365884F yd281784K101784G County of Hereford yd
61xx 2-6-2T533184G368984E288584FHall 4-6-0
610381D538482F575581BBR 5MT 4-6-0490781F Broughton Hall
612181A731784E770785A7303384B yd591581D Trentham Hall yd
616481B64xx 0-6-0PT871384E yd7303584B596681F Ashford Hall
45xx 2-6-2T643588A yd879284F56xx 0-6-2TCastle 4-6-0
456089A yd14xx 0-4-2T94xx 0-6-0PT561888E yd701182A Banbury Castle
555382A143681C940185A667484F702983A Clun Castle
940581C668184G42xx 2-8-0T
yd - locos in yard424886A
Shed Codes81A Old Oak Common81B Slough81C Southall81D Reading81E Didct
81F Oxford82A Bristol Bath Road82B St.Philip's Marsh82F Bath Green Park83A Newton Abbot83B Taunton
84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84H Wellington84K Chester GWR
85A Worcester85B Gloucester85D Kidderminster86A Newport Ebbw Jct.88A Cardiff Radyr88E Abercynon
89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Sunday 30 March 1958total:33
51xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PTHall 4-6-0
410484F437789C362382B976784F492782A Farnborough Hall
412988A531886G362584E977382CCastle 4-6-0
515184A532681E372281F770284D700585A Sir Edward Elgar
45xx 2-6-2T538081E372381D54xx 0-6-0PT42xx 2-8-0T56xx 0-6-2T
16xx 0-6-0PT2251 0-6-0574481E542289A28xx 2-8-0566988A
166384H222181E873484A94xx 0-6-0PT386584B569781E
Sunday 26 October 1958total:29
51xx 2-6-2T61xx 2-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTManor 4-6-0
412786E610881B367682A965381F781184G Dunley Manor
415485A614981A369384E966585CGrange 4-6-0
416884F43xx 2-6-0464684F971785C680684B Blackwell Grange
516784H633682C468784F975284BModified Hall 4-6-0
519186E730687H877381A74xx 0-6-0PT697984C Helperly Hall
45xx 2-6-2T2251 0-6-0878185C744384J792085A Coney Hall
553885B224185C963584E94xx 0-6-0PT42xx 2-8-0T
Shed Codes81A Old Oak Common81B Slough81D Reading81E Didct81F Oxford
82A Bristol Bath Road82B St.Philip's Marsh82C Swindon84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury
84D Leamington Spa84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury84H Wellington84J Croes Newydd
85A Worcester85B Gloucester85C Hereford86C Cardiff Canton86E Severn Tunnel J.86G Pontypool Road
86J Aberdare87F Llanelly87H Neyland88A Cardiff Radyr88D Merthyr
89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Sunday 8 March1959total:33
61xx 2-6-2T56xx 0-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTCastle 4-6-0
612681B563886G361881C872285C500184G Llandovery Castle
614581A564781E376084K874284FGrange 4-6-0
615681C569084G377585A876581A684881F Toddington Grange
45xx 2-6-2T664084B461784J879684A686383D Dolyhwel Grange
551885D665682B462585A963984HHall 4-6-0
555389C666784F464884E973186J691982A Tylney Hall
556589C51xx 2-6-2TBR 3MT 2-6-2TBR 9F 2-10-0Manor 4-6-0
411685B8200484H9222184C780689C Cockington Manor
Sunday 18 October 1959total:30
45xx 2-6-2T56xx 0-6-2T57xx 0-6-0PTcl 2MT 2-6-0Hall 4-6-0
454989C563588D461485A4652389A491284B Berrington Hall
456583E565884E464481A43xx 2-6-0499481E Downton Hall
51xx 2-6-2T565986G464981E730984GGrange 4-6-0
417384F567288D776081F54xx 0-6-0PT685481F Roundhill Grange
515284C667586G970081A541482D WBR 5MT 4-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-2T
61xx 2-6-2T669187B970481A94xx 0-6-0PT7302584G820056E
613681B28xx 2-8-0977484H840585F7309784G8204482A
Shed Codes6E Chester GWR81A Old Oak Common81B Slough81C Southall81E Didct
81F Oxford82A Bristol Bath Road82B St.Philip's Marsh82D Westbury83D Plymouth Laira83E St. Blazey
84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Shrewsbury
84H Wellington84J Croes Newydd84K Wrexham Rhosddu85A Worcester85B Gloucester85C Hereford
85D Kidderminster85F Bromsgrove86C Cardiff Canton86G Pontypool Road86J Aberdare87B Duffryn Yard
88D Merthyr89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Sunday 3 July 1960total:36
45xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-057xx 0-6-0PT2251 0-6-0Hall 4-6-0
551686H630784J W361584A224885B493884A Liddington Hall
51xx 2-6-2T631485D368984J320289A W497484F Talgarth Hall
411685BBR 3MT 2-6-2T372585A321181E598281D Harrington Hall
416184F820016A373182B321385AKing 4-6-0
417184D820026A375684A28xx 2-8-0601484A King Henry VII
613881F820036A978284F288884F602084A King Henry IV
616781BBR 4MT 4-6-074xx 0-6-0PT289784FGrange 4-6-0
616981C7500084E744184F383184F680384F Bucklebury Grange
BR 2MT 2-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-0681986G Highnam Grange
Sunday 27 November 1960total:37
51xx 2-6-2T2251 0-6-057xx 0-6-0PTKing 4-6-0
415286E223289C373088E871885D600784A King William III
415385D228985A377089A876781AModified Hall 4-6-0
417483A61xx 2-6-2T378783D942588C698585B Parwick Hall
BR 3MT 2-6-2T611781B462885A945585AManor 4-6-0
820026A613381C464684F946685A780989A Childrey Manor
8200682E56xx 0-6-2T465582B970181A74xx 0-6-0PT64xx 0-6-0PT
820366A664684F469181B72xx 2-8-2T94xx 0-6-0PT15xx 0-6-0PT
Shed Codes6A Chester Midland81A Old Oak Common81B Slough81C Southall81D Reading
81E Didct81F Oxford82B St.Philip's Marsh82E Bristol Barrow Road83A Newton Abbot83D Plymouth Laira
84A Stafford Road84B Oxley84C Banbury84D Leamington Spa84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.
84G Shrewsbury84J Croes Newydd85A Worcester85B Gloucester85D Kidderminster86E Severn Tunnel Jct.
86G Pontypool Road86H Aberbeeg88E Abercynon89A Oswestry89C Machynlleth
Sunday 23 April 1961total:38
57xx 0-6-0PT94xx 0-6-0PT51xx 2-6-2T56xx 0-6-2THall 4-6-0
371182C843786F410185B660888B493884A Liddington Hall
374989B941281A411484G661589B592083A Wyclffe Hall
378889A948487E416884F72xx 2-8-2TGrange 4-6-0
463588D949889A61xx 2-6-2T724484C683983B Hewell Grange
468784F74xx 0-6-0PT612685B725386AManor 4-6-0
965789A741382C613081D28xx 2-8-0782889A Odney Manor
974686A742484E14xx 0-4-2T381684FBR 4MT 4-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-0
979287A743786C144281FBR 9F 2-10-07502181F7303789A
15xx 0-6-0PT2251 0-6-0147285B9200482E43xx 2-6-0BR 3MT 2-6-2T
Sunday 3 September 1961total:41
57xx 0-6-0PT45xx 2-6-2T51xx 2-6-2T56xx 0-6-2TCounty 4-6-0
361881C450771G413287G560588D100383D County of Wilts
367384E455283E515383A562188C100781E County of Brecknock
372886C459183D519284E569188F101883G County of Leicester
376687A551883E519984F668087BHall 4-6-0
460782D554183D81xx 2-6-2T43xx 2-6-0494689A Moseley Hall
462283F554872C810685A631484G592981A Hanham Hall
64xx 0-6-0PT2251 0-6-042xx 2-8-0T730089B694183B Fillongley Hall
642486E221489A524088J731089BManor 4-6-0
74xx 0-6-0PT224986CBR 4MT 4-6-0731585A781784F Garsington Manor
744487G320385B7502585ABR 9F 2-10-00-6-0 diesel
Shed Codes71G Weymouth72C Yeovil Town81A Old Oak Common81C Southall81D Reading
81E Didct81F Oxford82B St.Philip's Marsh82C Swindon82D Westbury82E Bristol Barrow Road
83A Newton Abbot83B Taunton83D Plymouth Laira83E St. Blazey83F Truro83G Penzance
84A Stafford Road84C Banbury84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Kidderminster85A Worcester
85B Gloucester Horton Rd86A Newport Ebbw Jct.86C Hereford86E Severn Tunnel Jct.86F Aberbeeg87A Neath
87B Duffryn Yard87E Swansea Landore87G Carmarthen88B Cardiff Radyr88C Barry88D Merhyr
88J Aberdare89A Shrewsbury89B Croes Newydd89C Machynlleth
Sunday 4 March 1962total:38
57xx 0-6-0PT51xx 2-6-2T28xx 2-8-0Hall 4-6-0
362281C963383C412287H285684B590181C Hazel Hall
367782B978284F414084F383386A597781D Beckford Hall
369287B2251 0-6-0417984A72xx 2-8-2TModified Hall 4-6-0
370886G226882D61xx 2-6-2T720087F697282B Beningbrough Hall
460881C228789C611081C723684C697481C Bryngwyn Hall
469684F14xx 0-4-2T612587HBR 9F 2-10-0697684C Graythwaite Hall
577489B145183C613785B9222788A699285A Arborfield Hall
962382B615081FBR 4MT 4-6-043xx 2-6-00-6-0 diesels
Manor 4-6-07502484E632688AD3037D3977
780487G Baydon ManorCounty 4-6-0
780789D Compton Manor101182B County of Chester
Sunday 11 November 1962total:32
57xx 0-6-0PT94xx 0-6-0PT51xx 2-6-2T56xx 0-6-2THall 4-6-0
368989B840285D415884E565189B495181F Pendeford Hall
375181E849884A416584A664484BCastle 4-6-0
468784F941181A416784E667984G506581A Newport Castle
469782C945385B417584G28xx 2-8-0507082B Sir Daniel Gooch
961089B947587B61xx 2-6-2T285584CGrange 4-6-0
964081A2251 0-6-0614181A286286E680487F Brockington Grange
965881A225789B0-6-0 diesel72xx 2-8-2T681682B Frankton Grange
968286FD3752720784CManor 4-6-0
782484B Ilford Manor
Shed Codes81A Old Oak Common81C Southall81D Reading81E Didct81F Oxford
82B St.Philip's Marsh82C Swindon82D Westbury83C Exeter84A Stafford Road84B Oxley
84C Banbury84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Kidderminster85A Worcester85B Gloucester Horton Rd
85D Bromsgrove86A Newport Ebbw Jct.86E Severn Tunnel Jct.86F Aberbeeg86G Pontypool Road87B Duffryn Yard
87F Llanelly87G Carmarthen87H Neyland88A Cardiff Canton89B Croes Newydd89C Machynlleth
89D Oswestry
Saturday 18 May 1963total:26
57xx 0-6-0PT94xx 0-6-0PTModified Hall 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
360784G840085D xw696081D Raveningham Hall593886A Stanley Hall
376381A51xx 2-6-2T698882A Swithland Hall597582B Winslow Hall
464684F413287H42xx 2-8-0T56xx 0-6-2T690082C Abney Hall
468085B415584E425587A aw664888B aw690484C Charfield Hall
979082C61xx 2-6-2T427887B669088J691689A Misterton Hall
979488L613481D xw526388J72xx 2-8-2T28xx 2-8-0
L92LTE142485B721086G289686G aw
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Sunday 25 August 1963total:19
57xx 0-6-0PT94xx 0-6-0PTModified Hall 4-6-0Hall 4-6-0
362081C842081A697388L Bricklehampton Hall495484E Plaish Hall
961484F843681A790681F Fron Hall592784E Guild Hall
964189A51xx 2-6-2T791481D Lleweni Hall593482B Kneller Hall
979885B410184C42xx 2-8-0T28xx 2-8-0593886A Stanley Hall W
61xx 2-6-2T522685A380786A596288L Wantage Hall
616981A692781F Lilford Hall
Shed Codes81A Old Oak Common81C Southall81D Reading81F Oxford82A Bristol Bath Road
82B St.Philip's Marsh82C Swindon84C Banbury84E Tyseley84F Stourbridge Jct.84G Kidderminster
85A Worcester85B Gloucester Horton Rd85D Bromsgrove86A Newport Ebbw Jct.86G Pontypool Road87A Neath
87B Duffryn Yard87H Neyland88B Cardiff Radyr88J Aberdare88L Cardiff East Dock89A Shrewsbury
LTE Lodon Transport Exec.
Wolverhampton Works closed in February, 1964 when 28xx 2-8-0 2859 was the final locomotive repaired.

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