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, 27 April 2015

Bury St. Edmonds & Cambridge subsheds

The E4 2-4-0s built by Holden in 1892 spent their final days on remote branch lines in East Anglia. Photo: Ben Brooksbank Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
Bury St. Edmonds
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1854closed:1959
type:A 2TS, rebuilt as a 3TS through road shed in 1904.prior to 1950BSE
location:On the north side of the line , west of Bury St. Edmonds Station.1950 - 195931E
Google Map
Sunday 11 September 1938BSEtotal:13
B12 4-6-0 (GER)D15 4-4-0 (GER)E4 2-4-0 (GER)F3 2-4-2T (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)
D2 4-4-0 (GNR)8892J39 0-6-0
Sunday 25 May 1947BSEtotal:13
E4 2-4-0 (GER)D15 4-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)F3 2-4-2T (GER)F4 2-4-2T (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)
2785BSED16 4-4-0 (GER)5442BSE7138BSE8579BSE
Shed CodesBSE Bury St. EdmondsCAM Cambridge
Allocation August 1950 (14)D15 4-4-0GER1D16 4-4-0GER4
E4 2-4-0GER2J15 0-6-0GER3F6 2-4-2TGER3
J69 0-6-0TGER1
Sunday 20 August 195031Etotal:13
E4 2-4-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J20 0-6-0 (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)F6 2-4-2T (GER)
278531A6261531E6540531AB17 4-6-0723831E
279531E6542031E6161931A Welbeck Abbey
Shed Codes31A Cambridge31E Bury St. Edmonds
Sunday 20 September 195331Etotal:13
D16 4-4-0 (GER)F6 2-4-2T (GER)C12 4-4-2T (GNR)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)
Shed Codes31A Cambridge31E Bury St. Edmonds
Sunday 18 September 195531Etotal:10
E4 2-4-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)C12 4-4-2T (GNR)J69 0-6-0T (GER)
Shed Codes31A Cambridge31E Bury St. Edmonds
Sunday 26 May 195731Etotal:10
B12 4-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)N7 0-6-2T (GER)
Shed Codes31A Cambridge31E Bury St. Edmonds
Bury St. Edmonds shed was closed on 5th January 1959.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1849closed:1959
type:A brick built 1TS through road shed.subshed to Bury St. Edmonds (BSE & 31E)
location:In the goods yard on the north side of Sudbury Station.Google Map
Sunday 20 September 1953Sunday 1 July 1956Tuesday 23 July 1957
E4 2-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)E4 2-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1867closed:c1962
type:A 1TS through road shed.subshed to Cambridge (CAM & 31A)
location:On the east side of the line, south of Ely Station.Google Map
Sunday 4 September 1938Sunday 23 November 1947Sunday 23 May 1948
J17 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J20 0-6-0 (GER)J20 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
78372618CAMJ15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)5364CAM
WD 2-8-05439MAR5585CAM5371CAM
3150MARJ17 0-6-0 (GER)
Shed CodesCAM CambridgeMAR March
Sunday 5 June 1949Sunday 20 August 1950Sunday 28 June 1953
J20 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)
J17 0-6-0 (GER)E5391CAM553831A558331B6552631C
5505MAR556131AWD 2-8-06558931A
Shed Codes31A Cambridge31B March31C Kings Lynn
Sunday 17 October 1954Sunday 24 July 1955Sunday 1 July 1956
J19 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)J19 0-6-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)
J15 0-6-0 (GER)6553731A6547531A6556131AD16 4-4-0 (GER)6558931A
Shed Codes31A Cambridge
Huntingdon East
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1885closed:1959
type:A brick built 1TS dead ended shed.subshed to Cambridge (CAM & 31A)
location:On the north side of the line, at the east end of Huntingdon East Station.Google Map
Saturday 10 September 1938Sunday 25 September 1955Sunday 23 Aug 1959
F3 2-4-2T (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)0-6-0 diesel
Saffron Walden
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1866closed:1958
type:A brick built 1TS through road shed.subshed to Cambridge (CAM & 31A)
location:On the south side of the line, east of Saffron Walden Station.Google Map
Sunday 25 September 1955Friday 8 August 1958
E4 2-4-0 (GER)G5 0-4-4T (NER)0-6-0 diesel
Shed Codes31A Cambridge

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