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.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Market Harborough & Wigston

WD 2-8-0 90732 "Vulcan" in Market Harborough yard on 30th October 1959.  
Photo: Ben Brooksbank Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
Market Harborough
Pre Grouping Ownership - London & North Western Railwayopened:1864Sep 1935 - Sep 1955Rugby subshed
type:A brick-built 2TS through-road shed.closed:Oct-65Oct 1955 - Jan 19582F
location:On the west side of the line, at the north of the station.Feb 1958 - Sep 196015F
BR DatabaseOct 1960 - Oct 1965Leicester subshed
AbbreviationsF - FowlerFb - FairburnH - HughesI - IvattJ - Johnson
St - StanierGCR - Great Central RailwayBR - British RailwaysWD - War Department
Friday 26 December 1952subshed of 2A Rugbytotal:11
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2WD 2-8-0
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby18D Staveley B. Hill36A Doncaster38A Colwick
Sunday 7 March 1954subshed of 2A Rugbytotal:12
cl 2P 4-4-0 (F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2acl 2F 0-6-0 (J)
406832Ecl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 5MT 4-6-0WD 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2J11 0-6-0 (GCR)
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2E Northampton9A Longsight36A Doncaster
36E Retford
Sunday 1 May 1955subshed of 2A Rugbytotal:12
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2acl 7F 0-8-0 G2
425762Acl 3F 0-6-0T481732A492452Acl 6F 0-8-0 G1
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2B Nuneaton
Sunday 2 June 19572Ftotal:13
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 7F 0-8-0 G2WD 2-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-04828216Acl 7F 0-8-0 G2a494462F9055036A
Shed Codes2A Rugby2E Northampton2F Market Harborough5B Crewe South5C Stafford
16A Nottingham36A Doncaster38A Colwick
Sunday 20 July 195815Ftotal:9
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2Shed Codes
4244615F4438815F482902E4944415F1A Willesden14D Neasden
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0484452E4944715F2A Rugby15F Market Harboro
426732A4484714D486011A2E Northampton
Sunday 5 October 195815Ftotal:12
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2WD 2-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)481291A486935B4944715F9069636A
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2E Northampton5B Crewe South9D Buxton
15F Market Harboro36A Doncaster40E Colwick
Sunday 15 May 196015Ftotal:12
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 G2WD 2-8-0
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 2MT 2-6-04835018A485342E9055440E
Shed Codes2A Rugby2E Northampton5B Crewe South15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland
15F Market Harboro18A Toton40E Colwick
Sunday 29 January 1961subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:10
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
cl 2MT 2-6-04424941E480361A
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2E Northampton15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland
21A Saltley40E Colwick41E Staveley B. Hill
Sunday 16 April 1961subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:10
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4F 0-6-0Patriot 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0BR 9F 2-10-0
4127915C4415615A455482B Lytham & St. Annes4812718A9211418A
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)442392Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)WD 2-8-0483052E
Shed Codes2A Rugby2B Nuneaton2E Northampton15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland
16A Nottingham18A Toton40E Colwick
Sunday 24 September 1961subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:9
cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2B Nuneaton15A Wellingborough
15C Leicester Midland40E Colwick
Sunday 18 March 1962subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:10
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
Shed Codes2A Rugby2B Nuneaton2E Northampton8B Warrington
15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland21C Bushbury
Sunday 13 May 1962subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:11
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
4127115C448332A457222A Impregnable4801015A485181A
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)453548Bcl 4F 0-6-0WD 2-8-04828515B485491E
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton8B Warrington
15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland40E Colwick
Sunday 3 March 1963subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:14
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
cl 5F 2-6-0 (St)450562ABR 4MT 2-6-04807316B484161A9038340E
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2B Nuneaton2E Northampton5B Crewe South
14A Cricklewood15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland16A Nottingham16B Kirby-in-Ashfield40E Colwick
Sunday 20 October 1963subshed of 15A Leicester Midlandtotal:5
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0WD 2-8-0
Shed Codes1F Rugby2F Bescot15A Leicester Midland16D Nottingham40E Colwick
Market Harborough shed closed on 4th October 1965
Pre Grouping Ownership - Midland Railwayopened:1873Leicester Midland subshed
type:A brick-built roundhouse.closed:1955
location:On the east side of Wigston Junction North, north of Wigston station.
The depot was closed by the LMS in 1934 and re-opened ten years later. It finally closed by BR in April 1955.
Between 1944 and 1955, Wigston was used to relieve the pressure on Leicester Midland shed.
AbbreviationsF - FowlerD - DeeleyJ - JohnsonSt - Stanier
LT&S - London, Tilbury & Southend Railway
Sunday 1 April 1951subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:14
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 8F 2-8-0
4018215Ccl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4367615C4375315Ccl 4F 0-6-04861518A
Shed Codes15C Leicester Midland18A Toton
Sunday 21 September 1952subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:18
cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3P 4-4-2T (L&TS)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
5814215C4320515C4193815C S4393514A4424716A4802721A
5829815C4332615Ccl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4393715C4447635C4816314A
4367615C4382915CS - stored
Shed Codes14A Cricklewood15C Leicester Midland16A Nottingham21A Saltley35C Spital Bridge
Saturday 12 December 1953subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:7
cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3P 4-4-2T (L&TS)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 7F 0-8-0 G2acl 8F 2-8-0
5824215C4193815C S4379015C491801A4810914A4830115B
S - stored4820418A
Shed Codes1A Willesden14A Cricklewood15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland18A Toton
Sunday 28 March 1954subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:17
cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
4108915C S5814215C4320515C4415418A4830615C4840018A
4109415C S5829815C4371015C4416015C4833318B4861915C
4109515C Scl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4375315C4437817Acl 3P 4-4-2T (L&TS)
4380615C4193815C S
Shed Codes15C Leicester Midland17A Derby18A Toton18B Westhouses
Saturday 16 April 1955subshed of 15C Leicester Midlandtotal:12
cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)cl 8F 2-8-0
5814215C S4379015C4320515C S4333315C4372815C4814915C
4380615C4323215C S4371015C4374815C4830615C
4332615C S
Shed Codes15C Leicester Midland
Wigston shed was closed during April 1955

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