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.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Devons Road, Bow

A  North London 2F 0-6-0T built for heavy shunting in the docks is seen here in 1948 in Birkenhead shed yard.  photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence 2.0.
Devons Road (Bow)
Pre Grouping Ownership - North London Railwayprior to 194913Bopened:1882
type:A brick built 10TS dead ended shed.1949 - 19641Dclosed:1964
location:On the east side of the Bow to Poplar line, south of the station.Google Maparticle
Sunday 5 December 194313Btotal:29
cl 3P 2-6-2T (St)0-4-2ST crane tankcl 3F 0-6-0T
9214B wks2721713B730013B748913B750013B751813B
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)731213B749213B750113B755813B
24241A wks2751413B731413B749413B750213B756013B
257410C wks2752013B734813B749513B751113B756213B
734913B749813B751413Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (F)
wks - probable works traffic748213B749913B751713B953813B
Shed Codes1A Willesden10C Patricroft13B Devons Road14B Kentish Town
Sunday 30 April 194413Btotal:26
cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)0-4-2ST crane tankcl 3F 0-6-0T
394921A wks2721713B730713B748513B750013B756113B
cl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)731213B748613B750213B756313B
403016A wks2752013B731513B749013B750613B756413A
734913B749413B751713Bcl 7F 0-8-0 (F)
wks - probable works traffic741113B749713B755813B953813B
Shed Codes13A Plaistow13B Devons Road16A Nottingham21A Saltley
Sunday 9 December 194513Btotal:36
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 4F 0-6-0 (D)cl 3F 0-6-0T
214113C wks377617A wks730013B748313B749413B756013B
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (St)380216D wks730413B748413B750013B756213B
255421A wks381618A wks730713B748613B750513Bcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
cl 5MT 2-6-0 (H/F)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)731013B748813B750613B2750913B
274720D wks389320F wks731413B749013B751413B2751013B
cl 2F 0-6-0 (J)393817B wks731513B749113B751513B2751413B
31612D wkscl 7F 0-8-0 (F)734913B749313B75201A wks
953813Bwks - probable works traffic
Shed Codes1A Willesden2D Nuneaton13B Devons Road13C Tilbury16D Mansfield
17A Derby17B Burton-on-Trent18A Toton20D Normanton20F Skipton21A Saltley
Sunday 31 March 194613B2.10pm - 2.20pmtotal:37
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)cl 3F 0-6-0T
215713C wks2750913B730013B748813B750013B751813B
cl 3F 0-6-2T (LTS)2751013B730613B748913B750113B755813B
218813A wks2751213B731013B749013B750213B755913B
0-4-2ST crane tankcl 7F 0-8-0 (F)731413B749213B750513B756013B
743514A wks749713B751413B756413B
wks - probable works traffic748313B749813B751513B
Shed Codes13A Plaistow13B Devons Road13C Tilbury14A Cricklewood
Sunday 24 August 194713Btotal:49
cl 1P 0-4-4T (J)cl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)cl 3F 0-6-0T
128713E wks2751213B730213B748213B749813B751713B
cl 3F 0-6-2T (LTS)0-4-2ST crane tank731013B748713B750113B755913B
219013A wks2721713B731213B748913B750513B756013B
219313A wkscl 4F 0-6-0 (F)731413B749213B750613B756113B
cl 4P 2-6-4T (3 cyl)390517C wks734913B749313B751113B756213B
250613D wkscl 4F 0-6-0735013B749413B751413B756313B
44511A wks741113B749513B751513B756413B
453013A wkswks - probable works traffic
Shed Codes1A Willesden13A Plaistow13B Devons Road13D Shoeburyness
13E Upminster17C Coalville
Sunday 20 March 19491D12.50pm - 1.05pmtotal:54
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 3F 0-6-0T
41941SNS S42227PLS wks73021D74821D474951D475591D
41951PLS Scl 4P 2-6-4T (3 cyl)473061D74831D474971D475601D
41968SNS S42514SNS wks73071D474861D74991D75611D
41976PLS S42534PLS wks473101D474871D75011D475641D
cl 2P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)73121D74881D75111Dcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
2097PLS S365315C wks73151D474891D475141D275101D
2100TIL Scl 4F 0-6-0473481D74911D475151D275141D
2106TIL S447616B wks473491D74921D475161D588531D
2107TIL S0-4-2ST crane tank473501D474931D475171D588591D
2121TIL S588651D74111D474941D75581D588611D
Shed Codes1D Devons Road15C Leicester Midland16B Kirkby-in-AshfieldS - stored
PLS PlaistowSNS ShoeburynessTIL Tilburywks - probable works traffic
Sunday 30 July 19501Dtotal:47
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 2P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
4192933A S209733A S4726415A wks474861D474981D275101D
4193333A Scl 4F 0-6-0 (F)473021D474871D475001D588531D
4193433B S4389815B wks473061D474881D475011D588591D
4193933A S4401817D wks473101D474891D475111D588611D
4194133A Scl 4F 0-6-0473121D474901D475141D0-4-2ST crane tank
4194533A S443481D473141D474921D475151D588651D
4195133A S443701D473151D474931D475171D
4196833A S473481D474951D475181D
4197633A S474821D474971D475601D
4197733A SS - storedwks - probable works traffic
Shed Codes1D Devons Road15A Wellingborough15B Kettering17D Rowsley
33A Plaistow33B Tilbury
Allocation - September 1950 (48)cl 4F 0-6-0LMS2cl 3F 0-6-0TLMS40
cl 2F 0-6-0TNLR50-4-2ST crane tankNLR1
Saturday 23 June 19511Dtotal:34
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
4192933B S430001D473041D474861D475161D588521D
4197633A wks430201D473141D474881D475171D588531D
4199233A wks430241D473151D474921D475181D588581D
cl 3P 2-6-2T (F)cl 4F 0-6-0473501D474931D475611D588591D
4003714B wks4419514A wks474821D474951D475641Dcl 2F 0-6-0 (J)
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)443481D474831D474971D5820033A wks
4222333C wkscl 4P 2-6-4T (3 cyl)
4225533A wks4251033C wksS - storedwks - probable works traffic
Shed Codes1D Devons Road14A Cricklewood14B Kentish Town33A Plaistow33B Tilbury
33C Shoeburyness
Sunday 29 March 19531Dtotal:42
cl 4P 2-6-4T (3 cyl)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 4F 0-6-0
4252833C wks473041D474821D474971D475591D444411D
cl 4MT 2-6-0473071D474831D474991D475601D4453214B wks
430001D473101D474861D475011Dcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
473491D474931D475181D588541D588616C wks
Shed Codes1D Devons Road6C Birkenhead14B Kentish Town33C Shoeburyness
Sunday 4 April19541Dtotal:43
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
4225533A wks473021D474821D475011D475611D588521D
cl 4P 2-6-4T (F)473041D474831D475111D475641D588531D
423465C wks473071D474861D475141Dcl 4F 0-6-0588541D
cl 4MT 2-6-0473101D474881D475151D443481D588551D
430011D473141D474941D475171D443811A wks588571D
430201D473151D474951D475181D443971A wks588591D
430221D473481D474971D475581D444411D0-6-0 diesel
Shed Codes1A Willesden1D Devons Road5C Stafford33A Plaistow
Sunday 1 May 19551Dtotal:41
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
430011D473041D474831D475011D476711B wks588541D
430201D473071D474861D475111Dcl 4F 0-6-0588571D
430221D473141D474911A wks475181D444411D0-6-0 diesel
430241D473151D474941D475591D444511A wks12054
473481D474951D475601Dcl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)
473491D474971D475611D4372916A wks
Shed Codes1A Willesden1B Camden1D Devons Road16A Nottingham
Sunday 3 June 19561Dtotal:36
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)
430201D473071D474861D475141Dcl 4F 0-6-0588591D
430211D473101D474881D475151D443481Dcl 8F 2-8-0
430221D473141D474941D475171D444411D486651A wks
430241D473151D474951D475591Dcl 3P 2-6-2T (F)0-6-0 diesel
473481D474991D400471A wks12051
Shed Codes1A Willesden1D Devons Roadwks - probable works traffic
Sunday 8 September 19571D12.55pm - 1.10pmtotal:45
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 3F 0-6-0Tcl 3F 0-6-0T (J)
4198233A wks439051D472861D474821D475151D4721014A wks
cl 4MT 2-6-0cl 4F 0-6-0473021D474831D475171DEE T1 diesels
430001D4421219A wks473041D474861D475181DD8000D8003
430011D444411D473071D474881D475235B wksD8001D8004
430201Dcl 0F 0-4-0ST473101D474951D475581DD8002
430211D4700418C wks473141D474971D475591D0-6-0 diesel
430221Dcl 2F 0-6-0T (NLR)473151D475011D475601D12078
Shed Codes1D Devons Road5B Crewe South14A Cricklewood18C Hasland
19A Sheffield G'thorpe33C Shoeburyness
Sunday 29 June 19581Dtotal:35
cl 3P 4-4-2T (LTS)cl 4F 0-6-0 (F)cl 3F 0-6-0TNBL 0-4-0 dieselsBTH T1 dieselsEE T1 diesels
4198433A wks4392915A wks473491DD2900D2903D8200D8205D8001D8010
cl 4P 2-6-4T (Fb)4397115D wks474971DD2901D2904D8201D8206D8002D8011
4223714B wks475011DD2902D2905D8202D8207D8004D8012
cl 3F 0-6-0 (J/D)475151DD8204D8006D8014
4360817B wks475171DD8007D8016
wks - probable works trafficD8008D8017
Shed Codes1D Devons Road14B Kentish Town15A Wellingborough15D Bedford17B Burton-on-Trent
Devons Road shed closed to steam on 25th August 1958. It then became the first diesel depot in the country.

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