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BRITISH RAILWAYS SCOTTISH 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. The new Scottish Region - created from both LNER and LMS infrastructure - thus had locomotive depots rebranded from earlier alphabetic [square bracket] and alphanumeric (round bracket) systems. For example, the ex LNER depot at Thornton was rebranded from THJ to 62A while the ex LMS depot at Inverness went from 32A to 60A.


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.

 
     
 

With a 62A (Thornton) shedplate on its smokebox, 1888 vintage Holmes designed North British Railway J36 0-6-0 65345 hauls a Scottish Railway Preservation Society railtour out of Musselburgh on 27 August 1966

 
     
  With a 62A (Thornton) shedplate on its smokebox, 1888 vintage Holmes designed North British Railway J36 0-6-0 65345 hauls a Scottish Railway Preservation Society railtour out of Musselburgh on 27 August 1966  
     
  1950 1957 1959  
  60A Inverness (32A) 60A Inverness 60A Inverness  
        Dingwall   Dingwall  
        Kyle of Lochalsh   Kyle of Lochalsh  
  60B Aviemore (32B) 60B Aviemore 60B Aviemore  
        Boat of Garten   Boat of Garten  
  60C Helmsdale 60C Helmsdale 60C Helmsdale  
        Dornoch   Dornoch  
        Tain   Tain  
  60D Wick 60D Wick 60D Wick  
        Thurso   Thurso  
  60E Forres (32C) 60E Forres 60E Forres  
               
               
  61A Kittybrewster [KIT] 61A Kittybrewster 61A Kittybrewster  
        Ballater   Ballater  
        Fraserburgh   Fraserburgh  
        Inverurie   Inverurie  
        Peterhead   Peterhead  
  61B Aberdeen Ferryhill [ABD] 61B Aberdeen Ferryhill 61B Aberdeen Ferryhill  
  61C Keith [KEI] 61C Keith 61C Keith  
        Banff   Banff  
        Elgin   Elgin  
               
               
  62A Thornton [THJ] 62A Thornton 62A Thornton  
        Anstruther   Anstruther  
        Burntisland   Burntisland  
        Ladybank   Ladybank  
        Methil   Methil  
  62B Dundee (Tay Bridge) [DEE] 62B Dundee (Tay Bridge) 62B Dundee (Tay Bridge)  
        Arbroath   Arbroath  
        Dundee West (29C)      
        Montrose   Montrose  
        St Andrews   St Andrews  
  62C Dunfermline 62C Dunfermline [DFU] 62C Dunfermline  
        Alloa   Alloa  
            Kelty  
               
               
  63A Perth (29A) 63A Perth South 63A Perth  
        Aberfeldy   Aberfeldy  
            Blair Atholl  
        Creiff   Creiff  
  63B Stirling (31B) 63B Stirling South 63B Stirling  
        Killin   Killin  
        Stirling (Shore Road) [STG]      
  63C Forfar (29D) 63C Forfar 63C Forfar  
  63D Fort William [FW]          
  63E Oban (31C) 63D Oban 63D Oban  
        Ballachulish   Ballachulish  
               
               
  64A St Margarets [STM] 64A St Margarets Edinburgh 64A St Margarets Edinburgh  
        Dunbar   Dunbar  
        Galashiels   Galashiels  
            Hardengreen  
        Longniddry   Longniddry  
        North Berwick   North Berwick  
            Seafield  
            South Leith  
  64B Haymarket [HAY] 64B Haymarket 64B Haymarket  
  64C Dalry Road (28B) 64C Dairy Road 64C Dairy Road  
  64D Carstairs (28C) 64D Carstairs 64D Carstairs  
  64E Polmont [POL] 64E Polmont 64E Polmont  
  64F Bathgate [BGT] 64F Bathgate 64F Bathgate  
  64G Hawick [HAW] 64G Hawick 64G Hawick  
        Riccarton   Riccarton  
        St Boswells   St Boswells  
               
               
  65A Eastfield [EFD] 65A Eastfield (Glasgow) 65A Eastfield (Glasgow)  
        Arrochar   Arrochar  
  65B St Rollox (31A) 65B St Rollox 65B St Rollox  
  65C Parkhead [PKD] 65C Parkhead 65C Parkhead  
  65D Dawsholme (31E) 65D Dawsholme 65D Dawsholme  
        Dumbarton   Dumbarton  
  65E Kipps 65E Kipps 65E Kipps  
  65F Grangemouth (31D) 65F Grangemouth 65F Grangemouth  
  65G Yoker 65G Yoker 65G Yoker  
  65H Helensburgh 65H Helensburgh 65H Helensburgh  
  65I Balloch 65I Balloch 65I Balloch  
      65J Fort William 65J Fort William  
        Mallaig      
               
               
  66A Polmadie (27A) 66A Polmadie 66A Polmadie Glasgow  
  66B Motherwell (28A) 66B Motherwell 66B Motherwell  
  66C Hamilton (27C) 66C Hamilton 66C Hamilton  
  66D Greenock 66D Greenock Ladyburn 66D Greenock Ladyburn  
        Greenock Princes Pier      
               
               
  67A Corkerhill (30A) 67A Corkerhill (Glasgow) 67A Corkerhill (Glasgow)  
  67B Hurlford (30B) 67B Hurlford 67B Hurlford  
        Beith   Beith  
        Muirkirk   Muirkirk  
  67C Ayr (30D) 67C Ayr 67C Ayr  
  67D Ardrossan (30C) 67D Ardrossan 67D Ardrossan  
               
               
  68A Carlisle Kingmoor (12A) 68A Carlisle Kingmoor      
  68B Dumfries (12G) 68B Dumfries 68B Dumfries  
  68C Stranraer (12H) 68C Stranraer 68C Stranraer  
        Newton Stewart   Newton Stewart  
  68D Beattock (12F) 68D Beattock 68D Beattock  
      68E Carlisle Canal [CAR]      
               
   

 

 

 
   

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