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, 9 July 2017

Barnstaple Junction 1945 - 1964

Barnstaple Junction
Pre Grouping Ownership - London & South Western Railway opened:1863prior to 1950BPL
type:A timber built 2TS through road shed.closed:Sep-641950 - Sep 6372E
location:On the east side of Barnstaple Junction station.Google MapSep 63 - Sep 6483F
Tuesday 2 October 1945Thursday 4 July 1946
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2TL11 4-4-0 (LSWR)M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2T
42BPL2095BPLN 2-6-0262608BPL2695EXJ
247BPL1838EXJ44BPLWest Country 4-6-2
250BPL247BPL21C104EXJ Yeovil
shed codesBPL Barnstaple JunctionEXJ Exmouth Junction
Allocation - January 1947 (14)M7 0-4-4TLSWR8E1/R 0-6-2TLBSCR6
Wednesday 6 April 1949Wednesday 16 August 1950
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2TN 2-6-0M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2TN 2-6-0
321BPL32696BPL3024772E3269672E43xx 2-6-0
shed codesEXJ, 72A Exmouth JunctionBPL, 72E Barnstaple Junction83B Taunton
Saturday 24 May 1952Saturday 17 August 1957
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2TN 2-6-0M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)N 2-6-043xx 2-6-0
3025272E3209672E3184272E3025272Ecl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)
3025572E43xx 2-6-0
shed codes72A Exmouth Junction72E Barnstaple Junction83B Taunton
Allocation - May 1959 (12)M7 0-4-4TLSWR7cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)LMS5
Monday 6 June 1960Saturday 23 September 1961
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)N 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)N 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)
3025472EWest Country 4-6-23025172E4131372E
3025572E3410872A Wincanton3025372E
shed codes72A Exmouth Junction72E Barnstaple Junction
Saturday 21 October 1961Monday 10 May 1962
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)N 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)43xx 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)
3025472E3183872A4129472EWest Country 4-6-24129472E
3067072E43xx 2-6-04131272E3410772A Blandford Forum4129772E
shed codes72A Exmouth Junction72E Barnstaple Junction83B Taunton
Saturday 20 April 1963Monday 24 August 1964
cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)43xx 2-6-043xx 2-6-0N 2-6-0cl 2MT 2-6-2T (I)
4129072E4131372EN 2-6-0732083B3183783D4122383F
4129472E4131472E3184672A0-6-0 diesel4124883F
Battle of Britain 4-6-23184872AD35224129083F
3405470E Lord Beaverbrook
shed codes72A, 83D Exmouth Junction72E, 83F Barnstaple Junction83B Taunton
Barnstaple Junction shed closed in September 1964.
Pre Grouping Ownership - Barnstaple & Ilfracombe Railway Barnstaple Junction subshed
type:A concrete built 1TS through road shed.opened:1928, replaced 1874 shed.closed:1964
location:On the east side of the line, south of the station.Google Map
Tuesday 2 October 1945Wednesday 6 April 1949Friday 8 August 1952
BPL subshedtotal:3BPL subshedtotal:172E subshedtotal:1
M7 0-4-4T (LSWR)N 2-6-0N 2-6-0West Country 4-6-2
670BPL1838EXJ3184772A3400172A Exeter
West Country 4-6-2
21C103EXJ Plymouth
Monday 26 July 1954Thursday 4 July 1957
72E subshedtotal:272E subshedtotal:4
N 2-6-0Battle of Britain 4-6-2N 2-6-0West Country 4-6-2
3183072A3405872A Sir Frederick Pile3183372A3402271B Exmoor
3183772A3402572A Whimple
Sunday 15 May 1960
72E subshedtotal:2
N 2-6-0shed codesEXJ, 72A Exmouth JunctionBPL Barnstaple Junction
3183572A71B Bournemouth
Pre Grouping Ownership - London & South Western Railway opened:1872Barnstaple Junction subshed
type:A timber built 1TS dead ended shed.closed:Nov-59
location:On the west side of Torrington station.Google Map
Wednesday 3 July 1946Friday 18 August 1950Monday 26 July 1954
BPL subshedtotal:272E subshedtotal:272E subshedtotal:1
E1/R 0-6-2TM7 0-4-4T (LSWR)E1/R 0-6-2TM7 0-4-4T (LSWR)
shed codesBPL, 72E Barnstaple Junction
Pre Grouping Ownership - Great Western Railwayopened:Nov 1873Taunton subshed
type:A timber built 2TS dead ended shed.closed:Jan-51
location:At the east end of Victoria Road station.Google Map
Tuesday 2 January 1951
83B subshedtotal:3
2251 0-6-043xx 2-6-0shed codes83B Taunton

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