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.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Oban & Ballachulish

A class 5MT 4-6-0 leaves for Glasgow from Oban station on 21st August 1948. Photo: Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
Pre Grouping Ownership - Caledonian Railway1949 - 195563Eopened:1880
type:A timber built 2TS dead ended shed.1955 - 196063Dclosed:May-63
location:South of the station, in the fork of the goods yard.1960 - 196363CGoogle Map
Allocation - September 1950 (7)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)CalR5cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)CalR2
Friday 5 June 195363ESaturday 22 May 195463E
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)
4515765B The Glasgow Highlander5526363E4548863A
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)
Shed Codes63A Perth South63E Oban65B St. Rollox
Sunday 3 July 195563Dtotal:13
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 4F 0-6-0cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)cl 3F 0-6-0 (M)
4496163A4542365B5526363DShed Codes63A Perth South63B Stirling South
4515465B Lanarkshire Yeomanry63D Oban65B St. Rollox
Monday 13 August 195663DMonday 16 June 195863D
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)cl 5MT 4-6-0BR 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)
4521363B5521563D5736863D4536412Acl 3F 0-6-0 (M)5520863D
Shed Codes12A Carlisle Kingmoor63A Perth South63B Stirling South64D Dalry Road65B St. Rollox
Allocation - March 1959 (17)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)CalR5cl 3F 0-6-0 (M)CalR1
cl 3F 0-6-0 (Pick)CalR1
Friday 12 September 195963DFriday 1 July 196063C
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 3F 0-6-0 (M)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 3F 0-6-0 (M)
Shed Codes12A Carlisle Kingmoor63A Perth South63B/65J Stirling South63C/63D Oban65B St. Rollox
Tuesday 29 August 196163CFriday 20 April 196263C
cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 5MT 4-6-0cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 3F 0-6-0 (M)
4504763A4646863C5520763Ccl 2MT 2-6-05521763CBRCW T2 diesels
Shed Codes63A Perth South63C Oban65B St. Rollox65J Stirling South
Oban shed closed on 6th May 1963
Pre Grouping Ownership - Caledonian Railway1949 - 195563E (s)opened:1903
type:A timber built 2TS dead ended shed.1955 - 196063D (s)closed:Mar-62
location:On the north side of the station.1960 - 196363C (s)Google Map
Thursday 21 July 1938Tuesday 29 September 1953Monday 27 June 1955
12.50pm - 12.55pmtotal:1total:1total:1
cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)
Saturday 30 June 1956Monday 26 May 1958Saturday 14 May 1960
cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)
Friday 7 July 1961Friday 18 August 1961
total:2total:2Shed Codes
cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 3F 0-6-0 (Pick)cl 2P 0-4-4T (M)cl 2MT 2-6-063A Perth South
5512463C5766763C5526063C4646063C63C Oban
Ballachulish shed closed on 12th March 1962
Pre Grouping Ownership - Caledonian Railwayopened:1905
type:A timber built 1TS dead ended shed.closed:Feb-42
location:On the north side of the station, in the fork of lines.
Saturday 27 August 1938
cl 2F 0-6-0 (Dr)
Pre Grouping Ownership - North British Railwayopened:1894
type:A brick built 1TS dead ended shed.closed:1930
location:On the east side of the line, at the south end of the station.
Tuesday 27 August 1957Saturday 30 July 1960Friday 7 July 1961
both locos storedtotal:1loco storedtotal:1loco storedtotal:1
D11 4-4-0D11 4-4-0D11 4-4-0
6267565A Colonel Gardiner S6268865A Ellen Douglas S6268865A Ellen Douglas S
6268865A Ellen Douglas S
Shed Codes65A Eastfield

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