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, 1 May 2015

Norfolk subsheds

Cromer Beach
Pre Grouping Ownership - Midland & Great Northern Railwayopened:1887closed:1959Google Map
type:A brick built 1TS dead ended shed.subshed to Melton Constable (MC & 32G)
location:On the north side of Cromer Beach Station.From Sep 1954 subshed to Norwich (32A)
Saturday 10 September 1938Sunday 19 September 1954Sunday 26 September 1954
J11 0-6-0 (GCR)J40 0-6-0 (M&GN)B17 4-6-0B17 4-6-0
53290606165632A Leeds United6165632A Leeds United
B12 4-6-0 (GER)6166532A Leicester City
6154032A6166630E Nottingham Forest
B1 4-6-0B12 4-6-0 (GER)
On 20th September 1954, Cromer High was closed and duties were6104832A6154032A
switched to Cromer Beach. The shed, originally under the controlN7 0-6-2T (GER)
of Melton Constable was taken over by Norwich.6969032A
Shed Codes30E Colchester32A Norwich
Saturday 17 September 1955Tuesday 23 July 1957Sunday 6 April 1958
B12 4-6-0 (GER)B1 4-6-0B12 4-6-0 (GER)B1 4-6-0B12 4-6-0 (GER)
Sunday 31 March 19576154232A6154232A
B1 4-6-0B12 4-6-0 (GER)6155632A6156832A
6104832A6157032BShed Codes31A Cambridge32A Norwich32B Ipswich
Cromer Beach shed was closed on 2nd March, 1959.
Cromer High
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1877closed:1954Google Map
type:A brick built 1TS dead ended shed.Subshed to Norwich (32A)
location:On the east side of Cromer High Station.
Saturday 10 September 1938Sunday 8 June 1952Sunday 5 July 1953
F3 2-4-2T (GER)B17 4-6-0B17 4-6-0
808780896165932A East Anglian6165632A Leeds United
8088D16 4-4-0 (GER)L1 2-6-4T6166432A Liverpool
6255332A6778932A6166532A Leicester City
Sunday 29 August 19546261032AN7 0-6-2T (GER)K3 2-6-0 (GNR)
B17 4-6-0
6165632A Leeds United
B1 4-6-0B12 4-6-0 (GER)
L1 2-6-4T6156832A
Cromer High closed on 20th September 1954 and the duties and Control were transferred to Cromer Beach.
Wells next the Sea
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1857closed:1955Google Map
type:A brick built 2TS dead ended shed.Subshed to Norwich (32A)
location:On the north side of Wells next the sea Station.
Friday 6 June 1952Sunday 5 July 1953Friday 16 September 1955
D16 4-4-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)
Shed Codes32A Norwich
Wells next the Sea closed on 15th September 1955, but continued to service locos until 1960.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1846closed:1955Google Map
type:A timber built 2TS dead ended shed.Subshed to Norwich (NOR & 32A)
location:In the triangle of lines at the south end of Dereham Station.
Monday 5 September 1938Mon 24 May 1948total:11
total:5E4 2-4-0 (GER)F3 2-4-2T (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
F3 2-4-2T (GER)D15 4-4-0 (GER)2792NOR7127NOR5367NOR5471NOR
80448850D15 4-4-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)5401NOR5472NOR
J15 0-6-0 (GER)88862506KL5568NOR5408NOR5478NOR
Shed CodesKL Kings LynnNOR Norwich
Saturday 7 June 1952Sunday 14 September 1952total:10
total:5E4 2-4-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
E4 2-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)6278732A6255131C6555332A6546032A
6279332AJ17 0-6-0 (GER)6279732A6259332A6557432A
J19 0-6-0 (GER)6555132A
6467432AShed Codes31C Kings Lynn32A Norwich
Saturday 19 September 1953total:10Tuesday 27 July 1954total:8
E4 2-4-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J17 0-6-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
J15 0-6-0 (GER)6260131C6554232A625536261065469
6547232A6260832A6557032A62555J17 0-6-0 (GER)
Shed Codes31C Kings Lynn32A Norwich
Sunday 27 March 1955total:7Sunday 6 October 1957
E4 2-4-0 (GER)D16 4-4-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)0-6-0 diesel
6258432AJ17 0-6-0 (GER)
Dereham shed closed on 19th September 1955.An 0-6-0 diesel was often stabled there for a few years.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1847closed:1958Google Map
type:A service area consisting of turntable and siding.Subshed to Norwich (NOR & 32A)
location:In the fork of lines at the west end of Wymondham Station.
Sunday 4 September 1938Monday 24 May 1948Sunday 5 June 1949
J15 0-6-0 (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)J65 0-6-0T (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
Friday 6 June 1952Tuesday 27 July 1954Sunday 5 January 1958
J15 0-6-0 (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)J67 0-6-0T (GER)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
Sunday 6 April 1958Friday 31 October 1958
0-6-0 diesel0-6-0 diesel
Wymondham was closed to steam in June 1958 and became a stabling point for an 0-6-0 diesel until 1974.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Eastern Railwayopened:1847closed:1962Google Map
type:A 2TS dead ended shed.Subshed to Norwich (NOR & 32A)
location:On the south side of the line east of Swaffham Station.
Monday 5 September 1938
F3 2-4-2T (GER)
8085Swaffham shed was closed 2nd April 1962.

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