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.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Leicester Midland 1936 - 1965

Construction of the new roundhouse at Leicester Midland in 1945
Leicester Midland shed yard on 29th September 1957.   photo: Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Leicester Midland
Pre Grouping Ownership - Midland Railway opened:1840 and completely rebuilt in 1945closed:1965
type:Two brick built roundhouses (one dating from 1840) and a 3TS dead-ended shed were replaced in 1945
by a concrete built a polygonal roundhouse shed with a flat roof.prior to 196315C
location:On the east side of the line, north of Leicester Midland station1963 -196515A
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Thursday 14 June 193615C1.05pm - 1.50pmtotal:82
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)Jubilee 4-6-0
50354510601090316622974393639685611Hong Kong
537555107422954cl 4F 0-6-05649Hawkins
540562cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)40314146cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)100710323205362040334268cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)3326365340394422279129041762
707242533643676cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LT&S)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)3457367838077440744266576748
209321072330233534673721cl 7F 0-8-0 (F)74417636
Sunday 28 October 194515Ctotal:65
cl 3P 2-6-2T (F)cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)Jubilee 4-6-0
52D40816B233015C308115C558920A Gwalior
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)44420C233415C319015Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 8F 2-8-0
14515C53815Ccl 3P 4-4-2T (LT&S)368815C342315C821115C
17115C54215C211915C2295415Ccl 4F 0-6-0 (F)835220D
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)212115Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)382915C839715C
56315C100815Ccl 1P 0-4-4T (J)320515C392016B839815C
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)101715D140215C332615Ccl 4F 0-6-0839915C
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)103622B346715C403415C866815C
106115C103815D363118A409716Bcl 3F 0-6-0T
Shed Codes2D Nuneaton14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland15D Bedford
16A Nottingham16B Spital Bridge17A Derby18A Toton19C Canklow
20A Leeds Holbeck20C Royston20D Normanton21A Saltley22B Gloucester Bwd
Alloction - November 1945 (75)cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)LMS4cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)LMS1
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)Midland5cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)Midland1cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)Midland9
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)LMS4cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)Midland2cl 3P 4-4-2TLT&S3
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)LMS2cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)LMS2cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)Midland8
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)Midland12cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)Midland3cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)Midland1
cl 4F 0-6-0LMS4cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)Midland1cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS4
cl 8F 2-8-0LMS9
Sunday 18 August 194615C6.40pm - 6.50pmtotal:66
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)Jubilee 4-6-0
14515C100815C233115C323215C565519G Keith
16614B101015C233415C332615Ccl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
18215C101115Ccl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)341115C485819A803620D
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)102315C267916A346715Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (D)817715A
53615C103115Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)365116B379015C821115C
54215Ccl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)279719A372815Ccl 4F 0-6-0861915C
54315C106115Ccl 2F 0-6-0 (J)374815C403415Ccl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)107115C308115Ccl 4F 0-6-0 (F)423115C724815C
56315C107219B316615C391121A440315Ccl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)364815C396518A458916C753315C
71619A140215C368815C398215Acl 7F 0-8-0753415C
73815C142215Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (J)92682D
Shed Codes2D Nuneaton14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland16A Nottingham
16B Spital Bridge16C Kirkby-in-Ashfield18A Toton19A Sheffield G'thorpe19B Millhouses
19G Trafford Park20D Normanton21A Saltley22A Bristol Barrow Rd
Sunday 18 July 194815Ctotal:62
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)Jubilee 4-6-0
14515C4103719B412315C325316Bcl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
4018215Ccl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)426321A333315C4484519E4816420D
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)4108915C440116A4341115C4498514B821115C
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3P 4-4-2T (LT&S)447018A367615C528015C861915C
40015C212015Ccl 4F 0-6-0 (F)374815Ccl 3F 0-6-0T864415A
M43617Bcl 1P 0-4-4T (J)383917A375315C727415C866815C
M53615C138215C393715Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (D)744115C870915C
54315Ccl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)397715Ccl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4753315C
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)289616Bcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)311917D
Shed Codes7A Llandudno Jct.14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland16A Nottingham
16B Spital Bridge17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent17D Rowsley18A Toton19A Sheffield G'thorpe
19B Millhouses19E Belle Vue20A Leeds Holbeck20B Stourton20D Normanton21A Saltley
Alloction - September 1950 (80)cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)LMS4cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)Midland6
cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)Midland3cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)LMS3cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS1
cl 3P 4-4-2TLT&S1cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)LMS4cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)LMS2
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)LMS1cl 4MT 2-6-0LMS1cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)Midland13
cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)Midland4cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)Midland4cl 4F 0-6-0LMS7
cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS7cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)Midland1cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS4
cl 8F 2-8-0LMS6cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)Midland2cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)Midland5
Sunday 1 May 195515Ctotal:63
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)Jubilee 4-6-0
4126815C4040915C4320017A4379015C456229E Nyasaland
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)4045215C4320515Ccl 4F 0-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4054315C4341115C4437618A4480615C4821115C
4233015Ccl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)4354817A4457816A4484717A4830615C
4233115C4105315C4362915Ccl 3F 0-6-0T (J)4526315C483663A
4233316A4107515C4371015C4722715Ccl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4841815C
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)4109515C4374815C4727415C5814215C486591A
4270126A4115621B4375315Ccl 3F 0-6-0T5819315C4872815C
4282917BBR 2MT 2-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4744115C5829815Ccl 7F 0-8-0
429349B7802015B4387015C4744215CD16 4-4-0493231C
Shed Codes1A Willesden1C Watford3A Bescot9B Stockport9E Trafford Park
14A Cricklewood15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland16A Nottingham17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent
18A Toton21A Saltley21B Bournville26A Newton Heath35C Spital Bridge68A Carlisle Kingmoor
Sunday 1 July 195615Ctotal:61
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)cl 8F 2-8-0
4054215Ccl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4275768A4324415Ccl 3F 0-6-0T4826615C
4054315C4233015CBR 2MT 2-6-04332615C4744115C4828418A
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)4237316A7802115B4333315C4744215C4830615C
4104815Dcl 5MT 4-6-07802815C4362915C4753315C4860115C
4109515C4512068Acl 4MT 2-6-04372815Ccl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)
4118115CBR 5MT 4-6-0430455Ccl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4423115C5829815C
cl 2MT 2-6-07300315Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4384315C4447635C5830515C
Shed Codes5A Crewe South5C Stafford14A Cricklewood15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland
15D Bedford16A Nottingham17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent18A Toton19A Sheffield G'thorpe
21A Saltley22B Gloucester Bwd26A Newton Heath35C Spital Bridge68A Carlisle Kingmoor
Sunday 18 August 195715Ctotal:74
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)4332417A4393015C4465921A4814915C
4045215Ccl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4333315C4399117A450251A4826615C
4046415C4233015C4341115Ccl 4F 0-6-04522115C4830615C
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)4362915C4403117A4526315C4839955A
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)4372815C4428418BBR 5MT 4-6-04872815C
4119421B4276916A4373517A4429517A7300415Ccl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
cl 4MT 2-6-04277155A4375315C4440315C7307315C4727415C
4301721A4279115Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4447719A7314215Ccl 3F 0-6-0T
4301815C428135B4379915C4452135CBR 4MT 4-6-04744115C
BR 2MT 2-6-04290321A4380615C4459117B7505815C4744215C
7802815CBR 4MT 2-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)J6 0-6-07505915C4753315C
7802915C7608615C5829815C6427835ABR 9F 2-10-04753415C
Shed Codes1A Willesden5A Crewe North5B Crewe South14B Kentish Town15C Leicester Midland
16A Nottingham17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent18B Westhouses19A Sheffield G'thorpe21A Saltley
21B Bournville26A Newton Heath35A New England35C Spital Bridge55A Leeds Holbeck
Sunday 27 July 195815Ctotal:62
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)4218215C4324415C4411031F451871A4802721A
4045215Ccl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4332615C4412217C452558B480741A
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)4233015C4362915C4413916A4527414A4810715C
4069055A4233115C4372815C4415816ABR 5MT 4-6-04821115C
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4418415C7313515C4861915C
4115621BBR 4MT 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4425215Ccl 3F 0-6-0TBR 9F 2-10-0
cl 2MT 2-6-07505815C4388641E4426416A4744115C9204921A
BR 2MT 2-6-0cl 5MT 2-6-0 (St)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4440315C4753315C9210315C
7802915CB1 4-6-04454217B4754315Ccl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
Shed Codes1A Willesden5B Crewe South5C Stafford8B Warrington14A Cricklewood
14E Bedford15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland15E Leicester Central15F Market Harborough
16A Nottingham17B Burton-on-Trent17C Rowsley18A Toton21A Saltley
21B Bournville31F Spital Bridge41E Staveley B. Hill55A Leeds Holbeck
Alloction - March 1959 (63)cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)Midland3cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)LMS3
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)LMS2cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)Midland8cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)Midland1
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)Midland2cl 4F 0-6-0LMS6cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS7
cl 2MT 2-6-0LMS1cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)Midland3cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS6
cl 8F 2-8-0LMS9BR 4MT 4-6-0BR5BR 2MT 2-6-0BR1
BR 9F 2-10-0BR8
Sunday 5 July 195915Ctotal:59
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)cl 8F 2-8-0
4040215C4469015C4560741C Fiji4721315C480182A
4050215C4480326A4564817A Wemyss4723115C4802641D
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)4527221Acl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4725015C4814915C
4216015Ccl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)4326115C4391915C4727415C4821115C
4218215C4281817B4327715C4393715Ccl 3F 0-6-0TBR 9F 2-10-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)B1 4-6-04332615C4399418A4731315C9210115C
4233115C6134831F4340515Ccl 4F 0-6-04744115C9210215C
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)BR 4MT 4-6-04372815C4403115C4744215C9210315C
4244615Fcl 2MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4424731F4753415C9212115C
Shed Codes2A Rugby14E Bedford15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland
15D Coalville15F Market Harborough17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent18A Toton
21A Saltley26A Newton Heath31F Spital Bridge41C Millhouses41D Canklow
Sunday 15 May 196015Ctotal:64
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)cl 8F 2-8-0
4040215C4466715C4565015C Blake4725715C4806218A
4045215C4469015Ccl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 3F 0-6-0T4822021A
4054315C4477521A429351A4320515C W4731315C4837615B
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4481115CBR 4MT 4-6-04327715C4748515C4849515A
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)4484121A7505515C4341115C4753415C4863916A
4255615E4484315C7505715Ccl 4F 0-6-04754315CBR 9F 2-10-0
BR 2MT 2-6-2T4526415C7505915C4409741Bcl 3F 0-6-0 (D)9208215A
8400615A4526714B7506216A4421417A4379915C W9210415C
cl 4MT 2-6-04533315Ccl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4423115C0-6-0 diesels9212315C
4311914AB1 4-6-04391915C W4433417AD3786D37899212815C
cl 2MT 2-6-06125331A4393715C4440315CD3787D3790
Shed Codes1A Willesden14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15B Kettering
15C Leicester Midland15E Leicester Central16A Nottingham16B Kirkby-in-Ashfield17A Derby18A Toton
21A Saltley31A Cambridge36A Doncaster41B Sheffield G'thorpe55A Leeds Holbeck
Sunday 24 September 196115Ctotal:67
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)BR 4MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0BR 9F 2-10-0
4054315C W7504015C4561515C Malay States4403415C9208215A
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)7504115C4563615C Uganda4408515D9210115C
4122515C7504315Ccl 5MT 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4411315D9210215C
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)7505815C4484614B4395121A4450931B9210915C
4241515C0-6-0 diesels4534615C4401315Ccl 8F 2-8-09211915C
cl 3F 0-6-0TD3786D3789Peak T4 dieselscl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)4827017A9212815C
473852BD3787D3790D88D1144327715C W4839141DWD 2-8-0
Shed Codes2B Nuneaton14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland15D Coalville
16A Nottingham17A Derby21A Saltley31B March41D Canklow
55A Leeds Holbeck55B Stourton
Sunday 12 August 196215Ctotal:67
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0BR 9F 2-10-0
4122815C4469114E455955A Southern Rhodesia4403415C9207018B
4127115C4473426A4569124E Blackpool4408515D9210115C
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4481021ARoyal Scot 4-6-04411315D9210915C
4233115C W4481915E4611755A Welsh Guardsman4416521A9211915C
4233315C448312ABR 5MT 4-6-0B1 4-6-04418215C9212015C
cl 2MT 2-6-04484614B7314017C6105431B4440315C9212515B
4644415B4494521ABR 4MT 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4441415CWD 2-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-04520326A7504015C4395416A4451915C9063440E
4312221A4526415C7504215C4396915C4453015C0-6-0 diesels
cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)4533315C7505515C4398815CPeak T4 dieselsD3787D3790
V2 2-6-2cl 8F 2-8-07506115C4402015A WD67D3789
6095450A4805315DBR T2 diesel
Shed Codes2A Rugby5A Crewe North6J Holyhead8A Edge Hill14B Kentish Town
14E Bedford15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland15D Coalville15E Leicester Central
16A Nottingham17A Derby17C Rowsley18B westhouses21A Saltley24E Blackpool
26A Newton Heath31B March40E Colwick41D Canklow50A York55A Leeds Holbeck
Sunday 20 October 196315Atotal:61
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0Peak T4 diesels
4122515A4465915A456312E Tangyanika481341AD61D78
4127915A4473626A4564117B Sandwich4815955DD76D85
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)4480415Acl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4818516ABRC&W T2 diesel
4208715A448052E4401315A W5814315D4833217BD5387D5404
4218415A4481115Acl 4F 0-6-0BR 9F 2-10-04838117CD5388D5405
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)4488815A4403015A9207015A4864415DD5392D5411
BR 2MT 2-6-2T4496215A4418215A9210215Acl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)D5402
8402915A4508815A4423115A W9210815A428106C0-6-0 diesels
BR 2MT 4-6-0451888A4441415A9211015AD3786D3790
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley2E Saltley5D Stoke-on-Trent6C Birkenhead
8A Edge Hill15A Leicester Midland15D Coalville16A Nottingham17B Burton-on-Trent
17C Rowsley26A Newton Heath55D Royston
Sunday 14 February 196515Atotal:33
BR 2MT 2-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0BR 9F 2-10-0Peak T4 dieselsBR T2 dieselsBRC&W T2 diesel
7806115A0-6-0 diesels9210815AD59D144D5185D5612D5386D5398
WD 2-8-0D3785D37889212015AD82D161D5201D7595D5388D5404
9064736CShed Codes15A Leicester Midland36C Frodingham55A Leeds Holbeck
Sunday 2 May 196515Atotal:35
Jubilee 4-6-00-6-0 dieselsPeak T4 dieselsBR T2 dieselsBRC&W T2 diesel
4557355A NewfoundlandD3056D3786D47D139D5185D5256D5348D5387
BR 2MT 2-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0D3058D3789D76D160D5212D5289D5381D5387
7806115A4816515ABrush T2 dieselD5386
BR 9F 2-10-04841415AD5635
921392E4861715EShed Codes2E Saltley15A Leicester Midland15E Coalville
9221150A4864515A50A York55A Leeds Holbeck
Leicester Midland shed closed to steam on 13th June 1966.
Prior to closure Leicester Midland had an allocation of 14 steam locos:
Allocation May 1966 (14)
cl 8F 2-8-048082481654838148467484924852848545486254863748671
BR 2MT 2-6-078013780217802878061


  1. Hello

    I think Leicester Midland closed to steam exactly one year later on 12/6/66 and that your 1965 return is for 1966. Perhaps a tiny error in your very enjoyable postings!

  2. Hello

    I think Leicester Midland closed to steam exactly one year later on 12/6/66 and that your 1965 return is for 1966. Perhaps a tiny error in your very enjoyable postings!

  3. Thank you for comments. I've made the alterations you suggested and added a little bit more information regarding the final allocation.