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, 31 May 2015

Bletchley & subsheds 1946 - 1965

A LNWR class 2P 0-6-2T No. 6917 about to leave Leighton Buzzard on 2nd October 1948 for Dunstable.  Photo: Ben Brooksbank Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railwayopened:1851closed:1965
type:A brick built 6TS dead ended shed.prior to 19502B
location:At the west side of the line, at the north end of Bletchley station.1950 - 19524A
Google MapFeature1Feature21952 - 19651E
Sunday 19 May 19462Btotal:57
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 4P 4-4-0 (3 cyl)Prince of Wales 4-6-0cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0
66042B11533E25673*2B Lusitania88942B89252B
cl 2P 0-6-2T (Wb)cl 5MT 4-6-0256942B258182B89152A89522B
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)51912C257912Bcl 3F 0-6-0T89352B90705B
77422B53142Bcl 3F 0-6-0 (A)72882B90915C91272B
77732Bcl 2F 0-6-0 (Wb)120862B72982B91002Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)283502B121072B74522B91281A94012B
24582B285552Bcl 4F 0-6-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (F)91732B94092B
26042Bcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)cl 8F 2-8-092012B94462A
26101A27517*6C en route to Bow Works830915C92292A94522A
Shed Codes1A Willesden2A Rugby2B Bletchley2C Northampton3E Monument Lane
5B Crewe South5C Stafford6C Birkenhead15B Kettering15C Leicester Midland
Saturday 11 October 19472Btotal:40
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)Jubilee 4-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0
77732B56061B Falkland Islands40722B89132B89252B
cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 4P 4-6-0 POW425018A90492A89512B
24493Dcl 8F 2-8-0258272B44552A91732B90072B
25912B86291Acl 3F 0-6-0 (J)45492B91945C90612A
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)cl 3F 0-6-0T336715Acl 3F 0-6-0 (A)92012B90802D
278302B72982Bcl 4F 0-6-0 (F)120862B92082B91272B
74522B38412B121052B93502Dcl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
Shed Codes1A Willesden1B Camden1C Watford2A Rugby2B Bletchley
2D Coventry3D Aston5C Stafford15A Wellingborough18A Toton
Saturday 15 July 19504Atotal:28
cl 2P 4-4-0 (J/F)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)426594A451304A820218A490144A494434A
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)864717A491391A
423034A427789A589264Acl 4F 0-6-0491544A
cl 4MT 2-6-0443522B492874A
Shed Codes1A Willesden2B Nuneaton2C Northampton4A Bletchley9A Longsight
10C Preston17A Derby18A Toton
Alloction - September 1950 (59)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS1cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)LMS2
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)LMS7cl 4MT 2-6-0LMS6cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)MR1
cl 4F 0-6-0LMS1cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS7cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)LNWR1
cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS4cl 7F 0-8-0LMS21cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)LNWR5
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)LNWR3
Sunday 2 August 19531E5.45pm - 5.55pmtotal:47
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0
421201C426691Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)447738A486931E490491E
421551Ecl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)438411E449161Ecl 3F 0-6-0T491221A
BR 4MT 2-6-4T427471Acl 4F 0-6-0451351E472881E491551E
800401Ecl 4MT 2-6-0443641E453141E474521E492891E
800431E430031EB1 4-6-0cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
Shed Codes1A Willesden1C Watford1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton
2E Northampton5D Stoke-on-Trent8A Edge Hill15B Kettering21B Bescot31A Cambridge
Sunday 19 September 19541Etotal:40
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)BR 4MT 2-6-4TBR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)800421E750321E450641A485501E490088B
cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)800811E750351Ecl 4F 0-6-0487232B492891E
428701A800821E750371E443521Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)800841E750391E444471Ecl 3F 0-6-0T0-6-0 diesel
588871E800851ED16 4-4-0 (GER)445931E475211E13051
Shed Codes1A Willesden1C Watford1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton
8B Warrington9A Longsight15A Wellingborough31A Cambridge
Sunday 26 May 19571Etotal:51
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)BR 4MT 2-6-4Tcl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 4F 0-6-0
BR 2MT 2-6-2T800401E450041E483452B489531E443641E
BR 4MT 4-6-0800811E453071E485441E492871Ecl 4F 0-6-0 (F)
750371E800831E453881E486881E493101EBR 9F 2-10-0
750521E800851E453922E487541Ecl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)9202315A
0-6-0 dieselscl 3F 0-6-0T453931EWD 2-8-0494152D9207718A
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley2B Nuneaton2D Coventry2E Northampton
15A Wellingborough18A Toton24B Rose Grove38A Colwick84G Shrewsbury
Saturday 6 September 19581Etotal:36
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)BR 4MT 2-6-4Tcl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 4F 0-6-0
BR 2MT 2-6-2T800821E452922E485491Ecl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)444471E
840041E800831E453071E485501E494402Bcl 3F 0-6-0T
BR 4MT 4-6-0800841E453311E486462A494431E475001E
750371E800851E453881E486881EBR 9F 2-10-00-6-0 diesels
750521Ecl 5F 2-6-0 (H/F)9202915A1207012073
Shed Codes1A Willesden1C Watford1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton
2E Northampton5A Crewe North15A Wellingborough18A Toton
Alloction - March 1959 (54)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS2cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)LMS1
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)MR1cl 4F 0-6-0LMS5cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS7
cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS2cl 8F 2-8-0LMS9cl 7F 0-8-0LMS9
cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)LNWR3BR 4MT 4-6-0BR5BR 4MT 2-6-4TBR8
BR 2MT 2-6-2TBR2
Sunday 22 March 19591E12noon - 12.25pmtotal:53
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 4F 0-6-0
412221E40002WW S450201E482071E490611E S440721E
412751Ecl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)450912E485491E490941E440762E
BR 2MT 2-6-2T424671E451495B485501E491221A443641E
840041EBR 4MT 2-6-4T451841E485592A491442B S443701E
BR 4MT 4-6-0800391E451912E486101E492452A443971E
750301E800411E4520524B487291A492891E Scl 3F 0-6-0T
750371E800821E453931EWD 2-8-0493502B475211E
750521E800841EB1 4-6-09016140Ecl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)0-6-0 diesels
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)800851E6120331ABR 9F 2-10-0494031ED203912073
438411E S9216315B494501ES - stored
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley2A Rugby2B Nuneaton5B Crewe South
15B Kettering24B Rose Grove31A Cambridge40E ColwickWW Wolverton Wks
Sunday 30 April 19611E11am - 11.25amtotal:40
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 4F 0-6-0
420661E750361E448632A4837415A489531E440721E W
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)750381E451911A485441E490931E443971E
423511Ecl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)452921E486101E492871E444471E
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)412751E453311E486881E493101Ecl 3F 0-6-0T
425861EBR 2MT 2-6-2T453931EBR T2 dieselscl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)47500WW
cl 3MT 2-6-2T (F)840021ED5019D5082494431E475211E
40002WW WD5030D5083BR 9F 2-10-00-6-0 diesels
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley2A Rugby15A Wellingborough18A Toton
Sunday 9 September 19621E11.30am - 11.45amtotal:45
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
412221E4257933C W*450201E484081E489531E W494431E W
BR 2MT 2-6-2T425861E450371E484461E490611E WEE T4 diesel
840021E SBR 4MT 4-6-0450891E485491E490931ED295
840041E S750131E452221E486101E490941E SBR T2 diesels
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)750141E452881A486461E492871E SD5008D5135
421061E750391E453311E486881E493101E WD5015D5144
422271E750511Ecl 5MT 2-6-0 (St)487291Ecl 3F 0-6-0TD5023D5145
Jubilee 4-6-0429725BBR 9F 2-10-047348WW W0-6-0 diesels
457235A Fearless9208215A47500WW1207312074
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley5A Crewe North5B Crewe South15A Wellingborough
33C ShoeburynessWW Wolverton Wks* withdrawn whilst en route from Bangor to Shoeburyness
Sunday 15 September 19631Etotal:42
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)BR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0EE T4 diesel
BR 2MT 2-6-2T750281E450641E482031E486561EBR T2 diesels
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)750541E453311E484271E486881ED5017D5144
421061E453931E485441E4875915B0-6-0 diesel
422331ERoyal Scot 4-6-0485501EBR 9F 2-10-0D3796
cl 3F 0-6-0T46120*6G Royal Inniskilling Fusilier485541E9215618A
476061E* loco withdrawn486101E9215818B
Shed Codes1E Bletchley6C Birkenhead6G Llandudno Jct.15B Kettering17A Derby
18A Toton18B Westhouses21D Aston24E Blackpool
Sunday 12 July 19641Etotal:38
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 5MT 4-6-0Jubilee 4-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0TEE T4 diesels
412221E453491H456721A Anson47451WWD292D316
BR 2MT 2-6-2T454302Jcl 8F 2-8-0475211EBR T2 diesels
840021EBR 5MT 4-6-0480771E485491E476061ED5000D5073
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (Fb)730041E481341A485501E0-6-0 dieselsD5018D5077
421061E730391E484271E486881EBrush T2 diesels
BR 4MT 4-6-0730401E485441E487468AD5574D5619
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley1H Northampton2J Aston8A Edge Hill
15C KetteringWW Wolverton Wks
Alloction - April 1965 (34)cl 4MT 2-6-0LMS3cl 5MT 4-6-0LMS7
cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS4cl 8F 2-8-0LMS17BR 4MT 4-6-0BR3
Saturday 29 May 19651Etotal:29diesels not recorded
BR 2MT 2-6-2TBR 4MT 4-6-0cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 8F 2-8-0cl 3F 0-6-0T
840021E W750131E448371E480771E486261E47435WW
cl 4MT 2-6-0750551E448388A483601E486561E47500WW
431221EBR 5MT 4-6-0448701E484401H486881E475211E
BR 4MT 2-6-0730482D450271G485341E487571E476061E
760351A450651F485491E4875915CBR 9F 2-10-0
Shed Codes1A Willesden1E Bletchley1H Northampton2D Banbury2J Aston
8A Edge Hill9K Bolton15C KetteringWW Wolverton Wks
Bletchley shed was closed on 15th July 1965.
Leighton Buzzard
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railwayopened:1859closed:1962
type:A brick built 2TS through road shed.subshed to Bletchley
location:On the east side of the line, south of the station.Google Map
Monday 1 August 1938Wednesday 19 December 1945Wednesday 9 May 1951
cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 7F 0-8-0
91932B94242Bcl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)492874A
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)66742B
Sunday 21 February 1954Sunday 22 July 1956Sunday 7 September 1958
BR 4MT 2-6-4Tcl 7F 0-8-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)cl 7F 0-8-0
492871Ecl 7F 0-8-0494471E490941E493301E
493101E488981E494501E492871EBR 4MT 2-6-4T
Sunday 26 March 1961Sunday 3 June 1962Shed Codes
total:5total:51E, 2B, 4A Bletchley
cl 8F 2-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)cl 7F 0-8-02C, 2E Northampton
485491E491301Ecl 8F 2-8-0491061E
BR 2MT 2-6-2T486571E492871E
Leighton Buzzard shed was closed on 5th November 1962.
Oxford (LMS)
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railwayopened:1882closed:1950
type:A brick built 2TS dead ended shed.subshed to Bletchley
location:On the east side of the line, north of Rewley Road station.Google Map
Sunday 27 September 1936Sunday 19 September 1937Sunday 1 May 1938
cl 4F 0-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2P 4-4-0 (J)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 3F 0-6-0T
cl 2P 4-4-0 (Wh)cl 7F 0-8-0cl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)cl 2P 0-6-2T (Wb)cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)
5292 Medussa90292600922969308927
cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 3F 0-6-0 (A)cl 1P 2-4-2T (Wb)cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)cl 7F 0-8-0cl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)
Shed Codes2B Bletchley2C Northampton2D Coventry
Sunday 17 February 1946Sunday 30 July 1950
total:7Shed Codestotal:7Shed Codes
cl 2P 0-6-2T (Wb)cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)2A Rugbycl 4P 2-6-4T (St)cl 6F 0-8-0 (Wb)2B Nuneaton
69122B90492A2B Bletchley426664A492874A4A Bletchley
cl 8F 2-8-092082B2C Northamptoncl 4MT 2-6-0cl 7F 0-8-05C Stafford
833415Acl 7F 0-8-015A WellingboroughM30054A491585C15A Wellingborough
POW 4-6-089522Bcl 8F 2-8-0493682B
256942Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (B-C)4816715A
Oxford LMS shed was closed on 3rd December 1950.
Wolverton Works
Pre Grouping Ownership - London, North Western Railwayopened:1874closed:c1990
type:A timber built 1TS through road shed in the Works complex.locos maintained at Bletchley.
Sunday 28 March 1954Sunday 9 September 1962Sunday 17 September 1967
cl 2F 0-6-2T (Wb)cl 2F 0-6-0ST (Wb)cl 3F 0-6-0TBR 0-6-0 dieselsNB 0-4-0 diesels
Shed Codes1E BletchleyWW Wolverton Wks

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