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BRITISH RAILWAYS EASTERN REGION LOCOMOTIVE DEPOTS 1948-59

 
     
  In the heyday of steam on British Railways, it was possible to see locomotives from all over the nationalised network passing through Gloucestershire. Most of these had originated from the former Great Western or London, Midland and Scottish Railways or were British Standard types although ex London North Eastern and Southern engines also appeared on special workings.

In each case - at any given time - every steam locomotive would be allocated to a specific depot. LNER locomotives had their depot name painted - and even shaded -on the bottom right hand side of the bufferbeam.

Upon Nationalisation however, the LMS system of alphanumeric shedplates attached to locomotive smokebox doors was adopted. Kings Cross thus went from KX (often painted as "Kings +") to 34A. Further examples of pre-Nationalisation London North Eastern shed codes are listed below in [ square brackets ]. The codes of Eastern Region locomotive depots - such as Plaistow - that had belonged to the London Midland and Scottish Railway before 1948 are shown in ( round brackets).

The chart below shows the hierarchical relationships between different locomotive depots and the way - during the 1950s -in which they moved from one family group to another as British Railways regions reorganised.From the 1960s onward locomotive depots diminished in number as the traditional labour-intensive practices of steam locomotive maintenance gave way to the more centralised care of a smaller fleet of diesel and electric units.

Main district depots are shown in bold with their sub sheds listed beneath alongside each shedcode.

 
               
 

Although A4 Pacific 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" - named after its designer - is seen here at Weymouth on 4 June 1967 it has been restored to its LNER livery complete with "Kings +" between the number and the front coupling hook. As a British Railways locomotive it would have carried the number 6007 and been allocated to depot 34A.

 
     
  Although A4 Pacific 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" - named after its designer - is seen here at Weymouth on 4 June 1967 it has been restored to its LNER livery complete with "Kings +" between the number and the front coupling hook. As a British Railways locomotive it would have carried the number 60007 and been allocated to depot 34A.

Click on the picture for more on the role of A4 Pacifics in steam locomotive development

 
     
 

1950

1957

1959

 
  30A Stratford [STR] 30A Stratford 30A Stratford  
        Brentwood      
        Chelmsford   Chelmsford  
        Enfield Town   Enfield Town  
        Epping      
        Ilford      
            Southend Victoria  
        Wood St. Walthamstow   Wood St. Walthamstow  
  30B Hertford East 30B Hertford East 30B Hertford East  
        Buntingford   Buntingford  
        Ware      
  30C Bishops Stortford 30C Bishops Stortford 30C Bishops Stortford  
  30D Southend Victoria          
  30E Colchester [COL] 30E Colchester 30E Colchester  
        Braintree   Braintree  
        Clacton   Clacton  
        Maldon   Maldon  
        Walton-on-Naze   Walton-on-Naze  
  30F Parkeston [PKS] 30F Parkeston 30F Parkeston  
               
               
  31A Cambridge [CAM] 31A Cambridge 31A Cambridge  
        Ely   Ely  
        Huntingdon East   Huntingdon East  
        Saffron Walden   Saffron Walden  
  31B March [MAR] 31B March 31B March  
        Wisbech   Wisbech East  
  31C King's Lynn [KL] 31C King's Lynn   King's Lynn  
        Hunstanton   Hunstanton  
  31D South Lynn [SL] 31D South Lynn 31D South Lynn  
  31E Bury St Edmunds [BSE] 31E Bury St Edmunds 31E Bury St Edmunds  
        Sudbury ( Suffolk)   Sudbury ( Suffolk)  
          31F Spital Bridge (P'rboro)  
               
               
  32A Norwich [NOR] 32A Norwich 32A Norwich  
        Cromer Beach   Cromer Beach  
        Dereham   Dereham  
        Swaffham      
        Wymondham   Wymondham  
  32B Ipswich [IPS] 32B Ipswich 32B Ipswich  
        Felixstowe Town   Felixstowe Town  
        Stowmarket   Stowmarket  
  32C Lowestoft [LOW] 32C Lowestoft 32C Lowestoft Central  
  32D Yarmouth (South Town) [YAR] 32D Yarmouth (South Town) 32D Yarmouth (South Town)  
  32E Yarmouth (Vauxhall) 32E Yarmouth (Vauxhall) 32E Yarmouth (Vauxhall)  
  32F Yarmouth Beach [YB] 32F Yarmouth Beach      
  32G Melton Constable [MC] 32G Melton Constable 32G Melton Constable  
        Norwich City   Norwich City  
               
               
  33A Plaistow (13A) 33A Plaistow 33A Plaistow  
  33B Tilbury (13C) 33B Tilbury 33B Tilbury  
  33C Shoeburyness (13D) 33C Shoeburyness 33C Shoeburyness  
               
               
  34A Kings Cross [KX] 34A Kings Cross 34A Kings Cross  
  34B Hornsey [HSY] 34B Hornsey 34B Hornsey  
  34C Hatfield [HAT] 34C Hatfield 34C Hatfield  
  34D Hitchin [HIT] 34D Hitchin 34D Hitchin  
  34E Neasden [NEA] 34E Neasden      
        Aylesbury      
        Chesham      
          34E New England  
          34F Grantham  
               
               
  35A New England [NWE] 35A New England      
        Spalding      
        Stamford      
  35B Grantham [GRA] 35B Grantham      
  35C Peterborough ( ex LMSR) (16B) 35C Peterborough Spital      
               
               
  36A Doncaster [DON] 36A Doncaster 36A Doncaster  
  36B Mexborough [MEX] 36B Mexborough      
  36C Frodingham [FRO] 36C Frodingham 36C Frodingham  
  36D Barnsley [BRN] 36D Barnsley      
  36E Retford [RET] 36E Retford 36E Retford  
        Newark      
               
  37A Ardsley [ARD]          
  37B Copley Hill          
  37C Bradford [BFD]          
               
               
  38A Colwick [CLK] 38A Colwick      
  38B Annesley [ANN] 38B Annesley      
  38C Leicester [LEI] 38C Leicester (GC)      
  38D Staveley [STV] 38D Staveley      
  38E Woodford Halse [WFD] 38E Woodford Halse      
               
               
  39A Gorton 39A Gorton      
        Dinting      
        Hayfield      
  39B Sheffield [SHF]          
               
               
  40A Lincoln [LIN] 40A Lincoln 40A Lincoln  
        Lincoln (St Marks)      
  40B Immingham [IMM] 40B Immingham 40B Immingham  
        Grimsby   Grimsby  
        New Holland   New Holland  
  40C Louth [LTH]          
  40D Tuxford [TUX] 40D Tuxford      
  40E Langwith [LNG] 40E Langwith Junction      
          40E Colwick  
  40F Boston [BOS] 40F Boston 40F Boston  
        Sleaford   Sleaford  
            Spalding  
               
               
      41A Sheffield Darnall 41A Sheffield Darnall  
          41B Sheffield Grimesthorpe  
          41C Millhouses  
          41D Canklow  
          41E Staveley (Barrow Hill)  
          41F Mexborough  
            Wath  
          41G Barnsley  
          41H Staveley ex Great Central  
          41J Langwith  
          41K Tuxford  
               
   

 

 

 
   

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