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BRITISH RAILWAYS LONDON WESTERN 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. On the Great Western Railway up to 1947 this allocation would be identified by a three latter code painted in white letters just behind the buffer beam. Gloucester Horton Road, for example, was GLO. Further examples of pre-Nationalisation Great Western shed codes are listed below in [ square brackets ]. The codes of Western Region locomotive depots - such as Abergavenny - that had belonged to the London Midland and Scottish Railway before 1948 are shown in ( round brackets).

Upon Nationalisation however, the LMS system of alphanumeric shedplates attached to locomotive smokebox doors was adopted. Gloucester Horton Road thus went from GLO to 85B while Gloucester Barnwood stayed as 22B until becoming part of Western Region during 1957 and being recoded as 85E. Barnwood was further recoded 85C by 1962 after the closure of the former GWR Hereford depot.

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.

 
     
 

Castle class 4-6-0 5077 "Fairey Battle" rests on Cardiff Canton Depot (86C) in 1960. Before World War II,5077 had been named "Eastnor Castle": a name carried by fellow Castle class member 7004 by 1948.

 
     
 

Castle class 4-6-0 5077 "Fairey Battle" rests on Cardiff Canton Depot (86C) in 1960. Before World War II,5077 had been named "Eastnor Castle": a name carried by fellow Castle class member 7004 by 1948.

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  1950 1957 1959  
  81A Old Oak Common [PDN] 81A Old Oak Common 81A Old Oak Common  
  81B Slough [SLO] 81B Slough 81B Slough  
        Marlow   Marlow  
        Watlingham      
  81C Southall [SHL] 81C Southall 81C Southall  
  81D Reading [RDG] 81D Reading 81D Reading  
        Henley on Thames   Henley on Thames  
  81E Didcot [DID] 81E Didcot 81E Didcot  
  81F Oxford [OXF] 81F Oxford 81F Oxford  
        Fairford   Fairford  
               
               
  82A Bristol Bath Road [BRD] 82A Bristol Bath Road 82A Bristol Bath Road  
        Bath   Bath  
        Wells   Wells  
        Weston Super Mare   Weston Super Mare  
        Yatton   Yatton  
  82B Bristol St Phillips Marsh [SPM] 82B Bristol St Phillips Marsh 82B Bristol St Phillips Marsh  
  82C Swindon [SDN] 82C Swindon 82C Swindon  
        Chippenham   Chippenham  
  82D Westbury [WES] 82D Westbury 82D Westbury  
        Frome   Frome  
  82E Yeovil [YEO] 82E Yeovil 82E Bristol Barrow Road  
  82F Weymouth [WEY] 82F Weymouth 82F Bath (Som.&Dorst.)  
        Bridport   Radstock West  
            Highbridge East  
          82G Templecombe  
               
               
  83A Newton Abbot [NA] 83A Newton Abbot 83A Newton Abbot  
        Ashburton      
        Kingsbridge   Kingsbridge  
  83B Taunton [TN] 83B Taunton 83B Taunton  
        Bridgwater   Bridgwater  
  83C Exeter [EXE] 83C Exeter 83C Exeter  
        Tiverton Junction   Tiverton Junction  
  83D Laira (Plymouth ) [LA] 83D Laira (Plymouth ) 83D Laira (Plymouth )  
        Launceston   Launceston  
  83E St Blazey [SBLZ] 83E St Blazey 83E St Blazey  
        Bodmin   Bodmin  
        Moorswater   Moorswater  
  83F Truro [TR] 83F Truro 83F Truro  
  83G Penzance [PZ] 83G Penzance 83G Penzance  
        Helston   Helston  
        St Ives   St Ives  
          83H Plymouth Friary  
               
               
  84A Wolverhampton Stafford Road [SRD] 84A Wolverhampton Stafford Road 84A Wolverhampton Stafford Road  
  84B Oxley [OXY] 84B Oxley 84B Oxley  
  84C Banbury [BAN] 84C Banbury 84C Banbury  
  84D Leamington [LMTN] 84D Leamington 84D Leamington  
  84E Tyseley [TYS] 84E Tyseley 84E Tyseley  
        Stratford on Avon   Stratford on Avon  
  84F Stourbridge [STB] 84F Stourbridge Junction 84F Stourbridge Junction  
  84G Shrewsbury [SALOP] 84G Shrewsbury 84G Shrewsbury  
        Builth Road   Builth Road  
        Clee Hill   Clee Hill  
        Craven Arms   Craven Arms  
        Knighton   Knighton  
  84H Wellington (Salop) [WLN] 84H Wellington (Salop) 84H Wellington (Salop)  
  84J Croes Newydd [CNYD] 84J Croes Newydd 84J Croes Newydd  
        Bala   Bala  
        Penmaenpool   Penmaenpool  
        Trawsfynydd   Trawsfynydd  
  84K Chester [CHR] 84K Chester 84K Wrexham Rhosddu  
               
               
  85A Worcester [WOS] 85A Worcester 85A Worcester  
        Evesham   Evesham  
        Kingham   Kingham  
  85B Gloucester Horton Road [GLO] 85B Gloucester Horton Road 85B Gloucester Horton Road  
        Brimscombe   Brimscombe  
        Cheltenham   Cheltenham Malvern Road  
        Cirencester   Cirencester  
        Lydney [LYD]   Lydney  
        Tetbury   Tetbury  
  85C Hereford [HFD] 85C Hereford 85C Hereford  
        Ledbury      
        Leominster   Leominster  
        Ross on Wye   Ross on Wye  
  85D Kidderminster [KDR] 85D Kidderminster 85D Kidderminster  
          85E Gloucester Barnwood  
            Dursley  
            Tewkesbury  
          85F Bromsgrove  
            Redditch  
               
               
  86A Newport Ebbw Junction [NPT] 86A Newport Ebbw Junction 86A Newport Ebbw Junction  
  86B Newport Pill [PILL] 86B Newport Pill 86B Newport Pill  
  86C Cardiff Canton [CDF] 86C Cardiff Canton 86C Cardiff Canton  
  86D Llantrisant [LTS] 86D Llantrisant 86D Llantrisant  
  86E Severn Tunnel Junction [STJ] 86E Severn Tunnel Junction 86E Severn Tunnel Junction  
  86F Tondu [TDU] 86F Tondu 86F Tondu  
  86G Pontypool Road [PPRD] 86G Pontypool Road 86G Pontypool Road  
        Abergavenny      
  86H Aberbeeg [ABEEG] 86H Aberbeeg 86H Aberbeeg  
  86J Aberdare[ABDR] 86J Aberdare 86J Aberdare  
  86K Abergavenny (4D) 86K Tredegar 86K Tredegar  
               
               
  87A Neath [NEA] 87A Neath 87A Neath  
        Glyn Neath   Glyn Neath  
        Neath (Neath & Brecon)   Neath (Neath & Brecon)  
  87B Duffryn Yard [DYD] 87B Duffryn Yard 87B Duffryn Yard  
  87C Danygraig [DG] 87C Danygraig 87C Danygraig  
  87D Swansea East Dock [SED] 87D Swansea East Dock 87D Swansea East Dock  
  87E Landore [LDR] 87E Landore 87E Landore  
  87F Llanelly [LLY] 87F Llanelly 87F Llanelly  
        Burry Port   Burry Port  
        Pantyfynnon   Pantyfynnon  
  87G Carmarthen [CARM] 87G Carmarthen 87G Carmarthen  
  87H Neyland [NEY] 87H Neyland 87H Neyland  
        Cardigan   Cardigan  
        Milford Haven   Milford Haven  
        Pembroke Dock   Pembroke Dock  
        Whitland [WTD]   Whitland  
  87J Goodwick 87J Goodwick 87J Goodwick  
  87K Swansea Victoria (4B) 87K Swansea Victoria 87K Swansea Paxton Street  
        Gurnos   Gurnos  
        Llandovery   Llandovery  
        Upper Bank   Upper Bank  
               
               
  88A Cardiff Cathays [CHYS] 88A Cardiff Cathays 88A Cardiff Radyr  
        Radyr [RYR]   Cathays  
  88B Cardiff East Dock [CED] 88B Cardiff East Dock 88B Cardiff East Dock  
  88C Barry [BRY] 88C Barry 88C Barry  
  88D Merthyr [MTHR] 88D Merthyr 88D Merthyr  
        Cae Harris   Dowlais Cae Harris  
        Dowlais Central   Dowlais Central  
        Rhymney   Rhymney  
  88E Abercynon [AYN] 88E Abercynon 88E Abercynon  
  88F Treherbert [THT] 88F Treherbert 88F Treherbert  
        Ferndale   Ferndale  
               
               
  89A Oswestry [OSW] 89A Oswestry 89A Oswestry  
        Llandiloes   Llandiloes  
        Moat Lane   Moat Lane  
  89B Brecon [BCN] 89B Brecon 89B Brecon  
        Builth Wells      
  89C Machynlleth [MCH] 89C Machynlleth 89C Machynlleth  
        Aberayron   Aberayron  
        Aberystwyth   Aberystwyth  
        Aberystwyth (Vale of Rheidol)   Aberystwyth (Vale of Rheidol)  
        Portmadoc   Portmadoc  
        Pwllheli   Pwllheli  
     
   

 

 

   

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