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, 11 January 2016

Hatfield and Hitchin 1938-1961

A down local goods at Hitchin station hauled by Great Northern J6 0-6-0 64175, a Hitchin based loco, in June 1950. photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence 2.0.
Hatfield
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Northern Railwayprior to 1949HATopened:1854
type:A brick built 2TS dead ended shed1949 - 196134Cclosed:1961
location:On the west side of Hatfield station.Google Map
Monday 10 April 1944HAT5.15pm - 5.25pmtotal:16
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)N1 0-6-2T (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)J69 0-6-0T (GER)
258425924613473726502654457545777396J677389J69
258926644614476226512656
Allocation - September 1950 (28)J67 0-6-0TGER1J69 0-6-0TGER1
N1 0-6-2TGNR1N2 0-6-2TGNR15N7 0-6-2TGER10
Sunday 21 February 195434Ctotal:18
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)J52 0-6-0ST (GNR)
6950434C6958634C6963234C6964434C6886734C
6951634C6958834A6963534C6964834C6888534C
6953434C6959434C6963934C6964934C
6955434C6964034C6967834C
6970434C
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34C Hatfield
Sunday 29 January 195634Ctotal:16
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)
6949434C6953434C6963134C6963834C6964834C6967834C
6950434C6954734C6963234C6963934C6964934C6970434C
6951634C6963734C6964034C6965434C
Saturday 22 June 195734Ctotal:17
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)
6950434C6953634C6963134C6963934C6965034C
6951634C6954734C6963534C6964434C6967834C
6953434C6958234C6963834C6964834C6970434C
6958634C6970934C
Sunday 18 May 195834C11.25am - 11.55amtotal:18
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)0-6-0 diesels
6950434C6963134C6963834C6964834C6967834CD2000D3476
6953434C6963234C6964034C6964934C6970434CD2001D3490
6958834C6963734C6964434C6965034C
Allocation - March 1959 (21)N2 0-6-2TGNR8N7 0-6-2TGER13
Sunday 26 April 195934Ctotal:23
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)N7 0-6-2T (GER)0-6-0 diesels
6952034A6957734C6958834C6961834C6965434CD2002D3478
6957134C6958234C6959134C6963834C6969234CD3475D3490
6957534A6958634C6959334A6964034C6969834CD3477
6964934C6970434C
6965034C
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34C Hatfield
Sunday 24 April 196034Ctotal:21
N7 0-6-2T (GER)N2 0-6-2T (GNR)0-6-0 dieselsBrush T2 diesels
6961834C6964034C6969234C6953134CD3442D3478D5586D5594
6962934C6964834C6969634C6958034CD3475D3690EE T1 diesels
6963134C6967834C6969834CBRCW T2 dieselsD3476D8045D8048
D5313
Hatfield shed closed on 2nd January 1961
Hitchin
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Northern Railwayprior to 1949HITopened:1850
type:A brick built 2TS dead ended shed1949 - 196134Dclosed:1961
location:On the east side of Hitchin station.Google Map
Saturday 10 September 1938HITtotal:27
C1 4-4-2 (GNR)D2 4-4-0 (GNR)J1 0-6-0 (GNR)J6 0-6-0 (GNR)J69 0-6-0T (GER)O1 2-8-0 (GNR)
32724434304943773002301035393630736573953462
33014451K2 2-6-0 (GNR)30073585O2 2-8-0 (GNR)
441144584681K2J3 0-6-0 (GNR)J15 0-6-0 (GER)3483
44194460331341007845
442744614081
Sunday 17 February 1946HITtotal:26
C1 4-4-2 (GNR)D2 4-4-0 (GNR)J6 0-6-0 (GNR)J3 0-6-0 (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)
3272442943593591HIT3313HIT7400HIT
3274HIT4449D3 4-4-0 (GNR)N2 0-6-2T (GNR)4100HITJ69 0-6-0T (GER)
3285KX4451430947514166HIT7198HIT
3295KX4457GRAD16 4-4-0 (GER)K2 2-6-0 (GNR)4140*HIT7365HIT
440444588865CAM4666* new numberWD 2-8-0
4415steam railcar78565NEW
51912Rising Sun
Shed CodesCAM CambridgeGRA Grantham
Sunday 1 June 1947HITtotal:29
B1 4-6-0D3 4-4-0 (GNR)J3 0-6-0 (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)WD 2-8-0
1090HIT1114KX21264105HIT8512HIT3059NEW
1091HIT1129KX2148HIT4122HITJ69 0-6-0T (GER)77358NEW
1093HITK3 2-6-0 (GNR)C1 4-4-2 (GNR)4138HIT8541HITJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)
1095HIT1867NEW2800KX4140HIT8605HIT4240HIT
1097HIT1967NEW2801KX4145HITN2 0-6-2T (GNR)
1098HIT2841KX4153HIT9544KX
2859KX
Shed CodesHIT HitchinKX Kings CrossNEW New England
Friday 15 April 1949HITtotal:25
B1 4-6-0D3 4-4-0 (GNR)L1 2-6-4TJ3 0-6-0 (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)WD 2-8-0
61090HIT2148HIT67740HIT64105HIT8512HIT63118NEW
61093HITJ1 0-6-0 (GNR)67741HITE4117HITJ69 0-6-0T (GER)63173NEW
C1 4-4-2 (GNR)65003HIT67743HIT64122HIT68541HITY3 0-4-0T
2817HIT65010HIT67744HIT64153HIT8605HIT8175HIT
2828HIT67745HITJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)N2 0-6-2T (GNR)
2881HIT W64240HIT69515HIT
Shed CodesHIT HitchinNEW New EnglandW - withdrawn
Allocation - September 1950 (33)B1 4-6-0LNER8J3 0-6-0GNR6
J6 0-6-0GNR2J1 0-6-0GNR3L1 2-6-4TLNER8
Y3 0-4-0TLNER1J67 0-6-0TGER1J69 0-6-0TGER2
N2 0-6-2TGNR2
Sunday 21 February 195434Dtotal:24
B1 4-6-0L1 2-6-4TJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)
6102734D Madoqua6774334D6417534D6424034D6852934D
6109034D6109434D6774434D6418634D6425134D6854034D
6109334D6774534D6419734DN2 0-6-2T (GNR)6861034D
V2 2-6-2J15 0-6-0 (GER)6774634D6420634D6951534DWD 2-8-0
6081434A6547934D6779034D6423734D6955734D9009335A
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34D Hitchin35A New England
Sunday 29 January 195634Dtotal:31
B1 4-6-0L1 2-6-4TJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)J67 0-6-0T (GER)
6102734D Madoqua6774334D6417534D6424034D6849634D
6109034D6109434D6774434D6417735A6425134D6861034D
6109334D6120334A6775634A6418634DJ50 0-6-0T (GNR)WD 2-8-0
cl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)N2 0-6-2T (GNR)6778534D6419734D6893034B9047740B
4232834D6955734D6779034D6420634D0-6-0 diesels
4237434DJ15 0-6-0 (GER)E4 2-4-0 (GER)6423734D1315813160
6547934D6278534D1315913161
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34B Hornsey34D Hitchin35A New England40B Immingham
Sunday 28 April 195734Dtotal:35
B1 4-6-0L1 2-6-4TN2 0-6-2T (GNR)J6 0-6-0 (GNR)J15 0-6-0 (GER)
6102734D Madoqua6774134D6951534D6417534D6547934D
6109134D6111335A6774434D6955134A6418634DJ68 0-6-0T (GER)
6109334D6139334A6774534D6955234A6419734D6863834D
6109434DE4 2-4-0 (GER)6776134D6955734D6420634D6865434D
6109734D6278534D6777934A6956134D6423734DWD 2-8-0
6110534D6778534Dcl 4MT 2-6-4T (F)6424034D9016935A
B17 4-6-06779034D4237434D6425134D9070935A
6165331A Huddersfield Town
Shed Codes31A Cambridge34A Kings Cross34D Hitchin35A New England
Sunday 15 February 195934Dtotal:37
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)B1 4-6-0L1 2-6-4TJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)
6951534D6109034D6774134D6776834A6417534D6420634D
6953134D6109134D6774434D6778734A6418434D6423734D
6954034D6109334D6774534D6779034D6419634B6424034D
6956834A6109434D6774934D6779134D6419734D6425134D
6957134A6109734D6776134D6779734A6419834DJ68 0-6-0T (GER)
6958434A6125134D Oliver BuryK3 2-6-0 (GNR)J15 0-6-0 (GER)6866134D
6136734D6180534E6547934D0-6-0 diesels
D2003D2019
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34B Hornsey34D Hitchin34E New England
Allocation - March 1959 (29)B1 4-6-0LNER8J6 0-6-0GNR7
J15 0-6-0GER1L1 2-6-4TLNER9J68 0-6-0TGER1
N2 0-6-2TGNR3
Sunday 24 April 196034Dtotal:29
N2 0-6-2T (GNR)B1 4-6-0L1 2-6-4TJ6 0-6-0 (GNR)0-6-0 dieselsEE T1 diesels
6949834A S6109134D6774434D6417534D SD2000D2018D8020D8024
6951234A S6109734D6774534D6420634D SD2001D2019D8021D8026
6954334A SWD 2-8-06774634D6424034D SD2002D8023D8049
6954934A S9023934EK3 2-6-0 (GNR)6425134D SJ15 0-6-0 (GER)
6958334A S9066534E6197834E6547934DS - stored loco
Shed Codes34A Kings Cross34D Hitchin34E New England
Hitchin shed was closed in June 1961
Sunday 15 October 1961locos stabled in the areatotal:19
BR 9F 2-10-00-6-0 dieselsEE T1 dieselsEE T2 dieselsBrush T2 diesels
9204134ED2000D2018D8022D8026D5900D5905D5608D5650
D2001D3689D8023D8049D5902D5907
D2003D8024D5904D5908
Shed Codes34E New England

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