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BRITISH RAILWAYS SOUTHERN 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. Like the GWR and LNER, the Southern Railway had used a system of mainly alphabetical abbreviations for its locomotive depots between 1923 and 1947 - although Nine Elms was represented by the code 9E and Three Bridges by 3B! On Nationalisation however, the LMS system of alphanumeric shedplates attached to locomotive smokebox doors was adopted. For example, Stewarts Lane in Battersea went from BAT to 73A. Further pre-Nationalisation Southern Railway depot codes are given in [square brackets]. Some depots on the Somerset & Dorset Railway - formerly Southern and LMS Joint - at Bath and Templecombe also moved from LMS to Southern control on Nationalisation and their former alphanumeric codes are given in (round brackets)

The chart below shows the hierarchical relationships between different locomotive depots and the way in which they first grew and then 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.

 
     
 

Bulleid West Country Pacific 34101"Hartland" - seen here at Basingstoke on a Waterloo to Bournemouth service on 13 March 1965 - had begun British Railways service with an air-smoothed casing and was allocated to 73A Stewarts Lane.

 
     
  Bulleid West Country Pacific 34101"Hartland" - seen here at Basingstoke on a Waterloo to Bournemouth service on 13 March 1965 - had begun British Railways service in 1948 with an air-smoothed casing and was allocated to ex LSWR depot 73A Stewarts Lane.

Click on the picture for more on the role of O.V.S. Bulleid in steam locomotive development

 
     
  1950 1957 1959  
  70A Nine Elms [9E] 70A Nine Elms 70A Nine Elms  
  70B Feltham [FEL] 70B Feltham 70B Feltham  
  70C Guildford [GFD] 70C Guildford 70C Guildford  
  70D Basingstoke [BAS] 70D Basingstoke 70D Basingstoke  
  70E Reading [RDG] 70E Reading 70E Reading South  
      70F Fratton 70F Fratton  
      70G Newport (IOW)      
      70H Ryde (IOW) 70H Ryde (IOW)  
               
               
  71A Eastleigh [ELH] 71A Eastleigh 71A Eastleigh  
        Andover Junction   Andover Junction  
        Lymington   Lymington  
            Southampton Terminus  
        Winchester   Winchester City  
  71B Bournemouth [BM] 71B Bournemoth 71B Bournemoth Central  
        Branksome   Branksome  
  71C Dorchester [DOR]          
  71D Fratton [FRA]          
  71E Newport (IOW) [NPT]          
  71F Ryde (IOW) [RYD]          
  71G Bath (Somerset & Dorset) (22C) 71G Bath (Somerset & Dorset) 71G Weymouth  
        Radstock   Bridport  
  71H Templecombe (22D) 71H Templecombe      
  71I Southampton [SOT] 71I Southampton Docks 71I Southampton Docks  
      71J Highbridge      
               
               
  72A Exmouth Junction [EXJ] 72A Exmouth Junction 72A Exmouth Junction  
        Bude   Bude  
            Callington  
        Exmouth   Exmouth  
        Lyme Regis   Lyme Regis  
        Okehampton   Okehampton  
        Seaton   Seaton  
  72B Salisbury [SAL] 72B Salisbury 72B Salisbury  
  72C Yeovil [YEO] 72C Yeovil 72C Yeovil Town  
  72D Plymouth [PLY] 72D Plymouth      
        Callington      
  72E Barnstaple [BPL] 72E Barnstaple Junction 72E Barnstaple Junction  
        Ilfracombe   Ilfracombe  
        Torrington   Torrington  
  72F Wadebridge [WAD] 72F Wadebridge 72F Wadebridge  
               
               
  73A Stewarts Lane [BAT] 73A Stewarts Lane 73A Stewarts Lane  
  73B Bricklayers' Arms [BA] 73B Bricklayers' Arms 73B Bricklayers' Arms  
  73C Hither Green [HIT] 73C Hither Green 73C Hither Green  
  73D Gillingham (Kent) [GIL] 73D Gillingham (Kent) 73D Gillingham (Kent)  
  73E Faversham [FAV] 73E Faversham 73E Faversham  
          73F Ashford (Kent)  
          73G Ramsgate  
          73H Dover  
            Folkestone  
          73J Tonbridge  
               
               
  74A Ashford (Kent) [AFD] 74A Ashford (Kent)      
  74B Ramsgate [RAM] 74B Ramsgate      
  74C Dover [DOV] 74C Dover      
        Folkestone      
  74D Tonbridge [TON] 74D Tonbridge      
  74E St Leonards [STL] 74E St Leonards      
               
               
  75A Brighton [BTN] 75A Brighton 75A Brighton  
            Newhaven  
  75B Redhill [RED] 75B Redhill 75B Redhill  
  75C Norwood [NOR] 75C Norwood Junction 75C Norwood Junction  
  75D Horsham [HOR] 75D Horsham 75D Horsham  
  75E Three Bridges [3B] 75E Three Bridges 75E Three Bridges  
  75F Tunbridge Wells [TWW] 75F Tunbridge Wells West 75F Tunbridge Wells West  
  75G Eastbourne [EBN]          
               
   

 

 

 
   

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