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.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Bedford 1947 - 1963

Pre Grouping Ownership - Midland Railway opened:1868closed:1963
type:A brick built 4TS dead ended shed.prior to 195815D
location:On the west side of the avoiding line, south of Bedford Midland station.1958 -196314E
Google MapDisused Stations196314C
Allocation - November 1945 (42)cl 3MT 2-6-2T ((St)LMS3cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)MR3
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)MR2cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)MR6cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)LMS2
cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)MR5cl 1F 0-6-0T (J)MR2cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)MR5
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)MR8cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)MR1cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)MR4
cl 4F 0-6-0LMS1
Sunday 25 May 194715Dtotal:40
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0
55618C101715D2293315Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)453214Bcl 1P 0-4-4T (J)
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)103415D2296815D322215D457415A127215D
76215D103815Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)342815D458215D127315D
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)317415D347415Dcl 3F 0-6-0T (J)129515D
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)376615Dcl 3F 0-6-0T143015D
Shed Codes14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15D Bedford16A Nottingham17B Burton-on-Trent
18A Toton18C Hasland21A Saltley
Saturday 7 August 194815Dtotal:26
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)101715D129515D370715D378515D347415D
120915Dcl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)133015D2293315D380614A376615D
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)106121B5805315D2296815Dcl 8F 2-8-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
76215Dcl 2MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 4F 0-6-0 (F)817715D725215D
Shed Codes14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15B Kettering21B Bourneville
Allocation - September 1950 (42)cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)LMS2cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)MR1
cl 3P 4-4-0 (J)MR1cl 4P 4-4-0 (D)MR4cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)MR4
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS4cl 3F 0-6-0 (J)MR1cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)MR5
cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)MR2cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)MR5cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)MR2
cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS1cl 8F 2-8-0LMS1cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)MR5
cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)MR4
Sunday 28 May 195015Dtotal:34
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)4107015D5805115Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4347415D4392315D
cl 2MT 2-6-04109415D5809115Dcl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4372115Dcl 8F 2-8-0
4640215Bcl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)5824115D4376615D4869215A
4055115D4725215D5830515Dcl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 4F 0-6-0
Shed Codes14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town15B Kettering15D Bedford
Sunday 31 May 195315Dtotal:39
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)BR 4MT 2-6-4Tcl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)8004515Dcl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)4324415B4387615C4819718A
4126915D8006015Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4342815D4392315D4841014A
4127015Dcl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)4378515D4347415D4397115D4867115A
4127115D4104815D4380318A4366515Dcl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
4127215D4104915Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4372115D4458817D4722315D
4109115D4317415Dcl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0T
Shed Codes14A Cricklewood15A Wellingborough15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland15D Bedford
17D Rowsley18A Toton
Sunday 21 February 195415Dtotal:34
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)BR 4MT 2-6-4Tcl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)8004615Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4342815D4387315Dcl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
4127215D8006214Bcl 2F 0-6-0 (J)4366515D4388815D4725215D
4132915Dcl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)5830515D4372115D4393514Acl 3F 0-6-0T
BR 2MT 2-6-2T4104815Dcl 4F 0-6-04376615D4396715D4754915D
Shed Codes14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town15D Bedford18B Westhouses
Sunday 6 May 195615Dtotal:37
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 8F 2-8-0
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)7504015D4523815D4342815D4390514Acl 7F 0-8-0
4127215D7504215D4534215D4363118A4397115Dcl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
4132915D7504315Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4366515D4397715A4722315D
cl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)7504415D4380815D4372115Dcl 4F 0-6-04726415D
4285721Acl 3F 0-6-0 (J)4382915D4376615D4431715Dcl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 2-4-2T (A)4317415D4754915D
Shed Codes1E Bletchley2B Nuneaton14A Cricklewood15A Wellingborough15D Bedford
18A Toton21A Saltley
Sunday 7 September 195814Etotal:27
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (St)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)7504414E4498414E4347414E4382914Ecl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
4127114E7505514E4513714E4352914Ecl 8F 2-8-04726414E
4127214EBR 5MT 4-6-04513914E4366514E4817714E4727914E
4132914E7313915C4534214E4376614Ecl 2F 0-6-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 2-4-2T (A)5821414E4754914E
Shed Codes1E Bletchley14E Bedford15A Wellingborough15C Leicester Midland21A Saltley
Allocation - March 1959 (31)cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)LMS1cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS2
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)MR8cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)MR3cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS6
cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)MR2cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS1cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)MR1
BR 4MT 4-6-0BR6BR 2MT 2-6-2TBR1
Sunday 27 September 195914Etotal:26
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 3F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)7504014E4484815C4344014Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4727914E
4127114Ecl 8F 2-8-04498414E4352914E4386115Acl 3F 0-6-0T
BR 2MT 2-6-2T4814214A4526714E4356514Ecl 4F 0-6-04754914E
8400514E4836714A4534214E4366514E4429414Bcl 2F 0-6-0 (J)
Shed Codes1E Bletchley14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town14E Bedford15A Wellingborough
15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland26A Newton Heath
Sunday 30 April 196114E10.05am - 10.15amtotal:18
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)BR T2 diesel
4005314E4268214E4344914E4447615Acl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)4268614E4347414E W4754914E
4122414EBR 2MT 2-6-2Tcl 3F 0-6-0 (D)
4132914EW - withdrawn
Shed Codes14B Kentish Town14E Bedford15A Wellingborough
Sunday 23 September 196214Etotal:32
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)0-6-0 diesels
4002014E W4498514E4342814E4417114E4726414ED4132D4135
4005314E W4526021A4344914E W4420314Ecl 3F 0-6-0TD4134
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)4541614E4345314E4424315A4747914EBR T2 diesel
4268014Ecl 3F 0-6-0 (D)4347414E W4443314E4748514ED5090
4268614E4380814E W4352114E4447614E4754914EBRCW T2 diesel
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4356514E W4454014ED5406
4310615A4393514E4376614E W
Shed Codes14E Bedford15A Wellingborough21A Saltley
Sunday 24 February 196314Etotal:20
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0T (J)0-6-0 diesels
4268614E4541614Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)4420314Ecl 3F 0-6-0TBRCW T2 diesel
cl 4MT 2-6-04393514E4421417A4748514ED5397
4312115A4432714Ecl 8F 2-8-0
Jubilee 4-6-04443314E4867115A
4565017B Blake W4454014E
Shed Codes14E Bedford15A Wellingborough17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent
Bedford shed was closed to steam in August 1963.

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