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LMS Route: Bournville to Birmingham New Street

Bournville Station (33) Bournville Shed (142)

Bournville Shed

Why the shed was built
In 1885 a new section of main line, known as the Stirchley Street and Bournville to Kings Norton Deviation, was opened as part of a major improvement of the Midland Railway route from Derby to Bristol, allowing trains to pass through Birmingham instead of having to change engines and reverse direction. In 1892 three further improvements were made. Birmingham Central Goods Depot was completed, the Lifford Loop was opened, and the line between Kings Norton and Northfield was quadrupled, the quadrupling being extended to Halesowen Junction in 1894. A new engine shed was then opened at Bournville, alongside the realigned main line, in 1895. The surrounding area, then in Worcestershire, was being rapidly developed, and would become part of an expanded Birmingham in 1911. The Midland Railway wanted to be part of this expansion.

Description
Bournville shed was a standard Midland roundhouse equipped with a 50 foot turntable, water tank and sand oven. An embanked coal stage, two water cranes and ash disposal facilities were provided in the yard, plus the usual disposal sidings. It was given an allocation of approximately twenty-five locomotives, outstationed from Saltley shed. In 1935 it was given the code 21B and designated a "garage" of Saltley. This meant it had a permanent allocation but was only responsible for maintenance and running repairs. Saltley, the concentration depot, undertook more time consuming repairs. The company's works, such as Derby, remained responsible for major overhauls. The shed's facilities were adequate enough for its duties and no further investment was made in it, except for the fitting of a 57 foot turntable circa 1948, and the repair and replacement of the same after an accident in 1956.

Traffic
Freight traffic was guaranteed from Cadburys, which had built its own private railway system, and the new Central Goods Station was connected not only to the south but to the north as well, by means of the Lifford Loop Line, completed in 1892. Suburban services from Birmingham New Street reached Kings Norton via both Camp Hill and Bournville lines. The Lifford Loop allowed circular services to operate via Bournville and Camp Hill. Services on the Halesowen Joint Line, opened in 1883, were another Bournville responsibility. The shed also provided engines for main line stopping services to Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol, and for the branch line from Barnt Green to Ashchurch, sometimes known as the Gloucester Loop. Contrary to the shed's rather parochial image, double home workings to London and other distant places were operated in the early years, obliging the engine's crew to sleep away from home and family. A parliamentary act of 1919, limiting the hours men could work, made the continuation of these services uneconomic.

Decline
Hawkins & Reeve, in their book LMS Engine Sheds Volume Two - The Midland Railway, claim that the accommodation was more than adequate and the expected increase in traffic, for which the shed was to be responsible, never fully materialized. Road transport competed too effectively. Cheap and frequent electric trams appeared in the early 1900s, and cars, buses and lorries made further inroads into railway traffic in the inter war years, helped along by road improvement schemes. In January 1941 the Camp Hill line stations were closed and the circular service discontinued. In 1956 an engine fell into the turntable pit, making the shed dependent on Saltley and Bromsgrove for boiler washouts. The turntable was repaired and reinstated, but despite this investment, the shed was officially closed on 14th February 1960. The last locomotive officially to leave the shed whilst still in service was 5MT 4-6-0 No 44843. Demolition of the buildings began in November 1961 and a new use for the site was found soon afterwards.

Allocations
Bournville was a haven for veteran Kirtley double framed 2-4-0s after the great war, judging by the photos taken in 1919,1922 and 1935. By the thirties the depot had become something of a backwater, notable for its allocation of similarly veteran Kirtley double-framed 0-6-0s, which were used on the Halesowen Joint Line. In 1945 there were still six of these, all rebuilds to power class 2F. For those interested they were Nos 22630, 22818, 22834, 22846, 22853, 22863. The first three had round top boilers, the others had Belpaire boilers. The allocation on 31st December 1947, the eve of nationalisation, was as follows:

3MT 2-6-2T - 105, 162, 168, 173, 179
2P 4-4-0 - 439, 517
4P 4-4-0 - 917, 934, 1061, 1064, 1073
4MT 2-6-4T - 2327, 2338, 2339, 2342, 2373
3F 0-6-0 - 3355, 3359, 3562, 3583, 3668, 3675, 3687
4F 0-6-0 - 3968, 4138, 4289, 4333
2F 0-6-0 - 22630, 22846, 22863, 22924, 22953, 22955

There were thirty-four altogether, sixteen of them being former Midland Railway engines. By 1950 traffic may have temporarily increased, as no less than four 5MT 4-6-0s were on the allocation, but it was not to last. By March 1959 there were only twenty-one engines allocated, thirteen of which were former Midland ones. Of those on the 1947 list, seven of the former Midland ones were still there. The full list for 21st March 1959, less than a year before closure, is as follows:

2P 4-4-0 - 40439, 40568
4MT 2-6-0 - 43012, 43027, 43033, 43040
3F 0-6-0 - 43263, 43359, 43521, 43523, 43583, 43668, 43675, 43687
4F 0-6-0 - 43855, 44516, 44571
5MT 4-6-0 - 44981
2F 0-6-0 - 58138, 58143, 58167

Stored engines
The shed's sidings were used to store redundant engines as long ago as 1935, as evidenced by several of the photographs. Shortly before closure, the sidings were being put to the same use. There were 16 engines stored outside in the yard in 1959, all officially allocated to either Bournville or Saltley. They were as follows:

3MT 2-6-2T - 40012, 40115
2P 4-4-0 - 40439, 40443, 40511, 40568
3F 0-6-0 - 43490, 43675, 43693
4F 0-6-0 - 43858, 44084, 44227, 44406, 44515
2F 0-6-0 - 58168, 58261

Those reprieved and reallocated were 40012, 40115, 40439, 40443, 40511. The others were condemned either shortly before or after the shed closed. They were cut up by Doncaster and Derby works in 1960, except for 58261, which was cut up at Gorton works.

Photographs
The earliest one looks official, with two Johnson engines posed with staff outside the shed when it was new in the 1890s. The next seven were taken on two Sundays, one in 1919 and the other in 1922. Everything looks very clean and ordered in them. High standards were obviously being maintained, despite the loss of manpower during the war. The photographers seem to have been stimulated into action in 1935. Perhaps it was the sense that things were changing as Stanier's radical new designs appeared, with the likelihood that older designs would be withdrawn to make way for them. It was probably then that Bournville acquired its reputation for accommodating displaced engines on its underused disposal sidings. The other draw was probably the allocation of elderly double framed engines, a draw that must have intensified after the second war when it was realized that some were still extant. By the fifties they were gone, and the surviving Johnson 2Fs became the veterans that attracted photographers.

Why Sundays?
Most of the close ups on shed were taken at weekends, especially on Sundays. The reasons are not hard to find. Like everybody else amateur photographers would have had to work for a living. The weekends, especially Sundays, were their time off, giving them a chance to practice their hobby. There were also usually more engines to be seen on shed than during the week. The lull in economic activity meant that many of them, usually kept continuously in steam during the week, could be given time consuming maintenance and running repairs at their home shed. As each locomotive came off its last weekday turn, its fire would be allowed to die down, leaving just enough steam for shed staff to dispose of it under its own power. The fire would be dropped, ashpan emptied of ash, smokebox emptied of char, tank filled with water and tender topped with coal. Once in the shed, the boiler was allowed to cool until it could be washed out and any scale removed. If the bay was in demand, the serviced engine would be shunted onto a disposal road in the yard and left there until needed. Sundays were, therefore, a good day to visit the shed. Both shed and disposal sidings were full of engines at rest, waiting to be captured on camera for posterity.

Acknowledgments
Although I personally remember Bournville shed as it was in the late fifties, when I was a trainspotter, I never got to tour the shed properly, as the foreman was a very strict man who did not tolerate young trespassers. I did photograph the engines in store, but my efforts were nowhere near good enough for subsequent publication. At a much later date I did family history as a hobby and found to my surprise that my great-grandfather had been an engine driver at the shed, living nearby and working there until he retired in 1918. Discovering all the photos on Mike's site brought memories back and I took him up on his suggestion that I write captions for them. I enjoyed writing them and trust my efforts are of interest to others. I am not an original researcher, so am indebted to numerous books and a few relevant websites for much of the content of both captions and the foregoing preamble. For those interested, many now out of print books, describing and illustrating former Midland Railway lines and installations in the Birmingham area, can still be found advertised for sale on the internet. I've striven to present information gleaned from them accurately, hopefully in clear and digestible form. The books of Essery and Jenkinson in particular deserve mention, as they were particularly helpful in unraveling the complicated rebuilding history of many Midland Railway engines.

John Dews

Inside Bournville Shed

Midland Railway engines photographed inside Bournville shed on Sunday 31st August 1919
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WL Good
Midland Railway engines photographed inside Bournville shed on Sunday 31st August 1919
Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0s standing around the turntable at Bournville on Sunday 21st December 1958
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DJ Norton
Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0s standing around the turntable at Bournville on Sunday 21st December 1958
Different types of engine seen standing in adjacent bays in the roundhouse in the 1950s
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Photomatic
A number of different types of locomotives seen standing in adjacent bays in the roundhouse in the 1950s
Ex-MR and ex-LMS engines seen in the roundhouse at Bournville on a sunny Sunday in August 1947
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JV Skirrow
Ex-MR and ex-LMS locomotives seen in the roundhouse at Bournville on a sunny Sunday in August 1947
LMSR "ancient and modern", old 1F 0-6-0 No 22630 and new 4MT 2-6-4T No 2556, contrast strongly in the roundhouse at Bournville in August 1936
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W Potter
LMSR outside framed veteran No 22630 is 66 years older than No 2556, stabled nearby in the roundhouse

Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T No 2037 stands inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
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WL Good
Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T No 2037 stands inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-2T No 2099 seen side on inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
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WL Good
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-2T No 2099 seen side on inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ex-LTSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2106 photographed inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
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WL Good
Ex-LTSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2106 photographed inside the roundhouse at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 at the entrance to the roundhouse, taken by D. J. Norton on Sunday 6th May 1956
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DJ Norton
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 stands at the entrance to Bournville's roundhouse on Sunday 6th May 1956
Midland Railway Johnson class 1 0-6-0T No 1741 photographed inside Bournville shed on Sunday 31st August 1919
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WL Good
MR Johnson class 1 0-6-0T No 1741 photographed inside Bournville shed on Sunday 31st August 1919

Mostly ex-MR locomotives are seen standing inside Bournville roundhouse in September 1957
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D Skevington
Mostly ex-MR locomotives are seen standing inside Bournville roundhouse in September 1957
Ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 41156 and ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 44981 stand inside the shed on 31st July 1958
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D Skevington
Ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 41156 and ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 44981 stand inside the shed on 31st July 1958
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43359 and ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44571 simmer in steam inside the shed during the late 1950s
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D Skevington
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43359 and ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44571 simmer in steam inside the shed during the late 1950s
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43523, another veteran from the Johnson era, is seen in steam inside the shed on 30th March 1958
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D Skevington
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43523, another veteran from the Johnson era, in steam inside the shed on 30th March 1958
Deeley 0-4-0T No 1528, one of a class of ten, was photographed in the roundhouse at Bournville by WL Good, on Saturday 14th August 1948
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WL Good
Deeley 0-4-0T No 1528, one of a class of ten, at Bournville by WL Good, on Saturday 14th August 1948

Bournville station, seen through the arch of the bridge carrying Maryvale Road, on Sunday 12th September 1954
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A Wycherley
A view inside the roundhouse of two ex-Midland Railway engines, photographed in the late fifties
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58168 inside the empty roundhouse on Sunday 27th December 1959
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A Wycherley
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58168 inside the empty roundhouse on Sunday 27th December 1959
An undated view of British Railways built 4MT 2-6-0 No. 43040 seen stabled inside the roundhouse
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P Shoesmith
An undated view of British Railways built 4MT 2-6-0 No. 43040 seen stabled inside the roundhouse
A view of ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 40537, paired with a Fowler tender, in the roundhouse on Thursday 31st July 1958
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D Skevington
A view of ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 40537, paired with a Fowler tender, in the roundhouse on Thursday 31st July 1958
Ex-MR Kirtley 2F 0-6-0 No 22834, with its distictive 'double' frames, stands inside the shed on 2nd March 1935
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Anon
Ex-MR Kirtley 2F 0-6-0 No 22834, with its distictive 'double' frames, stands inside the shed on 2nd March 1935

Restored LMS 4-4-0 4P Compound No 1000 is being turned on the turntable inside Bournville shed on 30th August 1959
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D Skevington
LMS 4-4-0 4P Compound No 1000 is being turned on the turntable inside Bournville shed on 30th August 1959
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44516 and ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167 face the roundhouse's turntable in June 1959
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D Skevington
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44516 and ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167 face the roundhouse's turntable in June 1959
Ex-LTSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2106 stands inside the shed next to MR 0-6-0 'Johnson half-cab' No 1700 in June 1935
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Real Photos
Ex-LTSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2106 stands inside the shed next to MR 0-6-0 'Johnson half-cab' No 1700 in June 1935
Ex-MR 0-6-0 'doubled-frame' Kirtley No 22834 is seen at rest inside Bournville shed on 2nd March 1935
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Anon
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 'doubled-frame' Kirtley No 22834 is seen at rest inside Bournville shed on 2nd March 1935
Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T 'Flatiron' No 2036 stands cold inside Bournville roundhouse on Sunday 2nd June 193
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Anon
Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T 'Flatiron' No 2036 stands cold inside Bournville roundhouse on Sunday 2nd June 193

An ex-MR 1F 0-6-0 700 class 'Kirtley' locomotive stands on one of the radial roads on 2nd March 1935
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Anon
An ex-MR 1F 0-6-0 700 class 'Kirtley' locomotive stands on one of the radial roads on 2nd March 1935
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42338, a Fowler design, is seen standing cold inside shed on Sunday 24th September 1950
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Anon
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42338, a Fowler design, is seen standing cold inside shed on Sunday 24th September 1950
An unidentified ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 483 class locomotive stands in steam inside Bournville shed on 24th Sept 1950
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Anon
An unidentified ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 483 class locomotive stands in steam inside Bournville shed on 24th Sept 1950
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 483 class No 40463 stands with steam rising from its safety valves 24th September 1950
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Anon
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 483 class No 40463 stands with steam rising from its safety valves 24th September 1950
Ex-MR 2F Kirtley 0-6-0 No 22853, another of Bournville's Victorian veterans, stands inside the shed on 9th May 1936
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Anon
Ex-MR 2F Kirtley 0-6-0 No 22853, another of Bournville's Victorian veterans, stands inside the shed

Ex-MR 0-6-0 2F No 22630 stands inside Bournville shed ready for its next turn during May 1936
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HC Casserley
Ex-MR 0-6-0 2F No 22630 stands inside Bournville shed ready for its next turn during May 1936
The shed's entrance with the MR 'Stop' warning sign on the right despite the MR having closed 30 years previous
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D Skevington
The shed's entrance with the MR 'Stop' warning sign on the right despite the MR having closed 30 years previous
Close up of the MR notice requiring all engines entering the shed to be brought to a stand at this board
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D Skevington
Close up of the MR notice requiring all engines entering the shed to be brought to a stand at this board

Bournville Coaling Station

Close up showing the ramp up to the coaling stage, the coal wagons stored on the left and the coaling road to the immediate right
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DJ Norton
Close up of the ramp up to the coaling stage, the coal wagons stored on the left and the coaling road to the right
Bournville shed and coaling stage photographed from the entrance to the shed in September 1936
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W Potter
View of Bournville shed and coaling stage photographed from the entrance to the shed in September 1936
Close up showing Bournville shed's standard Midland Railway designed brick built two-storey coaling stage
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W Potter
Close up showing Bournville shed's standard Midland Railway designed brick built two-storey coaling stage
The shed's coaling stage with water crane's placed on either side to facilitate easy coaling and watering
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D Skevington
The shed's coaling stage with water crane's placed on either side to facilitate easy coaling and watering
An internal view of the coaling stage showing the tubs used to tip the coal into the bunker or tender of locomotives
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D Skevington
An internal view of the coaling stage showing the tubs used to tip the coal into the bunker or tender of locomotives

An undated view of the coaling stage at Bournville shed and the loco coal storage siding at the rear
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DJ Norton
An undated view of the coaling stage at Bournville shed and the loco coal storage siding at the rear

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WL Good
Close up of the line of loco coal wagons standing on the embankment at the end of the coaling shed's siding
One of Bournville shed's now redundant water crane as seen on Sunday 29th May 1960
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DJ Norton
One of Bournville shed's two redundant water cranes located next to the coaling stage on 29th May 1960
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 2603 photographed while taking on water at Bournville shed in March 1935
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HC Casserley
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 2603 photographed while taking on water at Bournville shed in March 1935
Another view of Bournville shed's coaling stage seen on a bright summer's day in 1938
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WL Good
Another view of Bournville shed's coaling stage seen on a bright summer's day in 1938

Bournville Shed Yard and Sidings

A view of Bournville shed and yard, including the coaling stage, taken from the main line on 21st December 1958
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DJ Norton
A view of Bournville shed and yard, including the coaling stage, taken from the main line on 21st December 1958
A fine view of Bournville shed and the adjacent Birmingham to Bristol main line, taken on 4th August 1952
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DJ Norton
A fine view of Bournville shed and the adjacent Birmingham to Bristol main line, taken on 4th August 1952
Close up showing three unidentified ex-LMS engines on the short siding often occupied by wagons loaded with ash
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DJ Norton
Close up of three unidentified ex-LMS engines on the short siding often occupied by wagons loaded with ash
An undated view of Bournvillle shed and yard, probably in the fifties, showing the yard looking quite busy
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Anon
An undated view of Bournvillle shed and yard, probably in the fifties, showing the yard looking quite busy
Diverging tracks serving the shed and yard photographed from a northbound train on Saturday 1st June 1957
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NE Preedy
Diverging tracks serving the shed and yard photographed from a northbound train on Saturday 1st June 1957

Close up of the coal stacks and coaling stage seen from a northbound train on Saturday 1st June 1957
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NE Preedy
Close up of the coal stacks and coaling stage seen from a northbound train on Saturday 1st June 1957
A fine panoramic view in colour of Bournville shed and yard seen on Sunday 11th March 1956
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DJ Norton
A fine panoramic colour view of Bournville shed showing some activity in the yard on Sunday 11th March 1956
Close up showing a number of locomotives standing near to the roundhouse on Saturday 1st June 1957
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NE Preedy
Close up showing a number of locomotives standing near to the roundhouse on Saturday 1st June 1957
Close up showing Bournville shed's ash disposal facilities during a quiet period in September 1936
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W Potter
Close up showing Bournville shed's ash disposal facilities during a quiet period in September 1936
Close up showing the approach road to the roundhouses and the sidings storing wagons on the right
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D Johnson
Close up showing the approach road to the roundhouses and the sidings storing wagons on the right

An undated view of redundant engines stored on sidings, taken from the ramp leading to the coaling stage
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D Skevington
An undated view of redundant engines stored on sidings, taken from the ramp leading to the coaling stage
The tall chimney at the back of the shed was photographed on Friday 3rd November 1961
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DJ Norton
The tall chimney for the boiler located at the back of the shed as photographed on Friday 3rd November 1961

Ordnance Survey Maps and Plans of Bourneville Shed

An 1882 Ordnance Survey Map showing the location of Bournville station prior to the erection of the shed
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National Library of Scotland
An 1882 Ordnance Survey Map showing the location of Bournville station prior to the erection of the shed
Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile map of Bournville Shed revised in 1914 and published in 1916
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile map of Bournville Shed revised in 1914 and published in 1916
A 1937 Ordnance Survey Map showing the layout of Bournville shed and yard published in 1939
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National Library of Scotland
A 1937 Ordnance Survey Map showing the layout of Bournville shed and yard published in 1939
An undated schematic plan at one inch to sixty-six feet scale showing the layout of Bournville shed and yard
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Anon
An undated schematic plan at one inch to sixty-six feet scale showing the layout of Bournville shed and yard
A schematic drawing showing the layout and track plan of Bournville shed and yard in 1939
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Hawkes & Reeves
A schematic drawing showing the layout and track plan of Bournville shed and yard as seen in 1939

A partial schematic drawing showing the different stores and offices located on one wall inside of Bournville shed
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D Sharpe
A partial schematic drawing showing the different stores and offices located on one wall inside of Bournville shed

Closure and Demolition of Bournville Shed

View of the locomotive entrance after closure and removal of the railway track taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
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DJ Norton
The locomotive entrance after closure and removal of the railway track taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
View of the locomotive shed and yard after closure and removal of the railway track taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
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DJ Norton
The locomotive shed and yard after closure and removal of the railway track taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
View of the shed and yard with demolition in progress taken on Sunday 19th November 1961
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DJ Norton
Another view of the shed and yard with demolition in progress taken on Sunday 19th November 1961
View of the former shed site showing that the buildings had been demolished, taken on Thursday 8th March 1962
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DJ Norton
View of the former shed site showing that the buildings had been demolished, taken on Thursday 8th March 1962
MR 1F 0-6-0T half-cab stands inside the shed
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DJ Norton
View of the site showing new buildings under construction, taken on Saturday 20th April 1963

A wintry view looking north along the main line towards Bournville, taken from Breedon Road bridge on 8th March 1962
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DJ Norton
A wintry view looking northwards along the main line towards Bournville, taken from Breedon Road bridge
View of the interior of the shed after closure and removal of turntable taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
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DJ Norton
View of the interior of the shed after closure and removal of turntable taken on Friday 3rd November 1961
View of the site showing new buildings under construction, taken on Saturday 20th April 1963
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DJ Norton
View of the site showing new buildings under construction, taken on Saturday 20th April 1963

Miscellaneous

Bournville station, seen through the arch of the bridge carrying Maryvale Road, on Sunday 12th September 1954
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DJ Norton
Another unusual view of the main line, looking north past Bournville signal box on 10th March 1961
This signal controlled the exit from Bournville shed to the up main line, the junction itself being out of sight
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Anon
This signal controlled the exit from Bournville shed to the up main line, the junction itself being out of sight
A view of the first junction on the Lifford branch after the Bournville signal box, thought to be taken in 1956
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DJ Norton
A view of the first junction on the Lifford branch after the Bournville signal box, thought to be taken in 1956
A wintry view looking north from the Lifford branch towards the signal box on the main line, probably taken on 12th January 1959
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DJ Norton
A wintry view looking north from the Lifford branch towards the signal box on the main line, 12th January 1959
The home signal controlling the northern exit of the Lifford branch, taken in 1956 with the shed in the distance
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Anon
The home signal controlling the northern exit of the Lifford branch, taken in 1956 with the shed in the distance

A 1920s photograph showing some members of staff Bournville Shed seated either side of the shed foreman
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B Johnson
A 1920s photograph showing some members of staff Bournville Shed seated either side of the shed foreman
A photograph of various members of staff based at Bournville not long after the shed opened in 1895
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D Jeffries & B Geen
A photograph of various members of staff based at Bournville not long after the shed opened in 1895
A 1928 Working Timetable (SA) showing arrival and departure times of the shed's freight locomotives
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D Sharpe
A 1928 Working Timetable (SA) showing arrival and departure times of the shed's freight locomotives
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 40439's Engine Repair Card showing it was fully written off in 1933 forty years after being built
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D Sharpe
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 40439's Engine Repair Card showing it was fully written off in 1933 forty years after being built
The July 1915 Weekly Working Timetable showing the departure times of the shed's passenger locomotives
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D Sharpe
The July 1915 Weekly Working Timetable showing the departure times of the shed's passenger locomotives

A 1937 Ordnance Survey Map showing the layout of Bournville shed and yard published in 1939
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Ministry of Transport
MOT Report on accident at Ashton under Hill on 25th February 1935

Locomotives seen at or near Bournville Shed

Two modern Johnson engines outside the shed in what looks like an official photo taken soon after it opened
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Leicester Library
Two modern Johnson engines outside the shed in what looks like an official photo taken soon after it opened
Close up of No 124 which was a Kirtley designed '890' class 2-4-0, with six foot eight-and-a-half inch driving wheels
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Leicester Library
Close up of No 124 which was a Kirtley designed '890' class 2-4-0, with six foot eight-and-a-half inch driving wheels
LMSR 1P 2-4-0 No 20002 photographed outside the shed at Bournville on Saturday 2nd March 1935
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HC Casserley
LMSR 1P 2-4-0 No 20002 photographed outside the shed at Bournville on Saturday 2nd March 1935
LMSR 1P 2-4-0 No 20002 photographed near the shed entrance at Bournville on Saturday 2nd March 1935
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HC Casserley
LMSR 1P 2-4-0 No 20002 photographed near the shed entrance at Bournville on Saturday 2nd March 1935
Midland Railway 2F 0-6-0 No 3425 standing near the water column at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919
Ref: mrb11
WL Good
Midland Railway 2F 0-6-0 No 3425 stands near the water column at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919

LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2015 stands with other engines in a siding alongside the shed at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ref: mrb4
WL Good
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2015 stands with other engines in a siding alongside the shed at Bournville
Close up showing the typical dress of a MR fireman in 1919 as well as the type of shovel used
Ref: mrb11a
WL Good
Close up showing the typical dress of a MR fireman in 1919 as well as the type of shovel used
Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3531 photographed at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919
Ref: mrb13
WL Good
Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3531 photographed at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919
Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3454 was parked in a siding at Bournville on Sunday 9th April 1922
Ref: mrb12
WL Good
Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3454 was parked in a siding at Bournville on Sunday 9th April 1922
Midland Railway 1P 0-4-4T No 1327, bunker filled with coal for its next trip, stands in a siding at Bournville on Sunday 9th April 1922
Ref: mrb10
WL Good
MR 1P 0-4-4T No 1327 with bunker filled with coal for its next trip, stands in a siding at Bournville

Midland Railway class 1 2-4-0 No 25, clearly still in use, photographed at Bournville on Sunday 9th April 1922
Ref: mrb16
WL Good
Midland Railway class 1 2-4-0 No 25, clearly still in use, photographed at Bournville on Sunday 9th April 1922
Seven ex-LNWR 4-6-0s are stored out of use in the two sidings beside the shed on Sunday 17th March 1935
Ref: mrb481
WA Camwell
Seven ex-LNWR 4-6-0s are stored out of use in the two sidings beside the shed on Sunday 17th March 1935
LMSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2099 is fully coaled up and in steam at Bournville on Wednesday 17th July 1935
Ref: mrb690
Anon
LMSR 2P 4-4-2T No 2099 is fully coaled up and in steam at Bournville on Wednesday 17th July 1935
LMS Stanier 3MT 2-6-2T No 91 stands outside the shed
Ref: mrb20
WL Good
LMSR 3MT 2-6-2T No 91 seen standing in the yard at Bournville, looking very new, on Saturday 15 June 1935
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2036 was parked in a siding at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ref: mrb6
WL Good
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2036 was parked in a siding at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935

LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2014 stands on a siding next to allotments on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ref: mrb3
WL Good
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2014 stands on a siding next to allotments on Saturday 15th June 1935
LMSR 2P 4-4-0 No 369 is seen taking on water at Bournville shed on a summer's day in 1938
Ref: mrb9
WL Good
LMSR 2P 4-4-0 No 369 is seen taking on water at Bournville shed on a summer's day in 1938
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 Nos 22630 and 22846 on shed
Ref: mrb487
NS Eagles
LMSR duplicate list veterans photographed together in the yard at Bournville on Sunday 29th June 1947
LMSR 2F 0-6-0 No 22846 photographed behind the coal stage embankment at Bournville on Sunday 27 July 1947
Ref: mrb1
WL Good
LMSR 2F 0-6-0 No 22846 behind the coal stage embankment at Bournville on Sunday 27 July 1947
LMSR 2F 0-6-0 No 22863 photographed at the back of the shed on Sunday 27th July 1947
Ref: mrb15
WL Good
LMSR 2F 0-6-0 No 22863 photographed at the back of the shed on Sunday 27th July 1947

LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 168 seen parked at the back of Bournville shed on Sunday 4th July 1948
Ref: mrb675
DJ Norton
LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 168 seen parked at the back of Bournville shed on Sunday 4th July 1948
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 22846 photographed at the back of the yard at Bournville on Sunday 1st May 1949
Ref: mrb674
DJ Norton
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 22846 photographed at the back of the yard at Bournville on Sunday 1st May 1949
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58126 departing from its home shed on Monday 27th April 1953
Ref: mrb670
DJ Norton
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58126 departing from its home shed on Monday 27th April 1953
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44813 heads at least eleven coaches southwards past Bournville shed on 5th September 1955
Ref: mrb673
DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44813 heads at least eleven coaches southwards past Bournville shed on 5th September 1955
British Railways 5MT 4-6-0 No. 45297 passes Bournville shed as it heads southwards on the cold morning of Sunday 19th February 1956
Ref: mrb671
DJ Norton
British Railways 5MT 4-6-0 No. 45297 passes Bournville shed as it heads southwards on a cold Sunday morning

Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45690 Leander heading south past Bournville shed in an undated photo from the 1950s
Ref: mrb475
D Johnson
Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45690 Leander heading south past Bournville shed in an undated photo from the 1950s
Close up of ex-LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee  No 45690  'Leander' at the head of a Bristol express
Ref: mrb475b
D Johnson
Close up of ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Jubilee No 45690 'Leander' at the head of a New Street to Bristol express
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167, stabled in a siding at Bournville on Sunday 17th February 1957
Ref: mrb668
DJ Norton
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167, stabled in a siding at Bournville on Sunday 17th February 1957
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2033 stands with other engines in a siding alongside the shed at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ref: mrb5
WL Good
Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T No 2033 stands with other engines in a siding at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 is seen entering the roundhouse at Bournville on Sunday 6th May 1956
Ref: mrb669
WL Good
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 is seen entering the roundhouse at Bournville on Sunday 6th May 1956

A view of the Lifford canal branch with a train of empty wagons heading in the Bournville direction
Ref: mrb1515
DJ Norton
A view of the Lifford canal branch with a train of empty wagons heading in the Bournville direction
An interesting lineside view of a southbound express passing the signal after the Maryvale Road bridge
Ref: mrb1516
DJ Norton
An interesting lineside view of a southbound express passing the signal after the Maryvale Road bridge
A view of Crab 2-6-0 No 42857 powering a semi-fitted express freight in the Birmingham direction, taken in 1953
Ref: mrb1517
DJ Norton
A view of Crab 2-6-0 No 42857 powering a semi-fitted express freight in the Birmingham direction
Fairburn 2-6-4T No 42141, allocated to Saltley from new in April 1950, is seen here just after leaving Bournville
Ref: mrb1518
DJ Norton
Fairburn 2-6-4T No 42141, allocated to Saltley from new in April 1950, is seen here just after leaving Bournville
Two Fowler 4-4-0s, 4P No 41075 piloting 2P No 40409, double heading an up service past Bournville signal box
Ref: mrb1519
DJ Norton
Two Fowler 4-4-0s, 4P No 41075 piloting 2P No 40409, double heading an up service past Bournville signal box

View of the stock of a Cadburys trade visit special headed by clean Jubilee class 4-6-0 No. 45625 'Sarawak'
Ref: mrb1520
DJ Norton
View of the stock of a Cadburys trade visit special headed by clean Jubilee class 4-6-0 No. 45625 'Sarawak'
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58138, standing in front of another 2F next to a coal stack on Bournville shed's park sidings
Ref: mrb1522
C Hawketts
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58138, standing in front of another 2F next to a coal stack on Bournville shed's park sidings
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167, standing over the ash pit outside Bournville shed in May 1959
Ref: mrb1525
D Skevington
A view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58167, standing over the ash pit outside Bournville shed in May 1959
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 on a siding near the coaling stage at its home depot, Bournville, taken in the 1950s
Ref: mrb1526
Midland Railway Trust
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58143 on a siding near the coaling stage at its home depot, Bournville, taken in the 1950s
B1 4-6-0 No 61409 is seen on one of the disposal sidings near the shed on Sunday 25th August 1957
Ref: mrb1527
D Skevington
B1 4-6-0 No 61409 is seen on one of the disposal sidings near the shed on Sunday 25th August 1957

Fowler 4P 4-4-0 No 41194, looking clean and with a tender full of coal in a siding at the depot circa 1955
Ref: mrb1530
C Hawketts
Fowler 4P 4-4-0 No 41194, looking clean and with a tender full of coal in a siding at the depot circa 1955
Bournville station, seen through the arch of the bridge carrying Maryvale Road, on Sunday 12th September 1954
Ref: mrb1531
C Hawketts
An interesting view of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58126, on a short spur next to a coal stack with an ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 behind it
LMSR 3P 0-6-4T No 2015 stands with other engines in a siding alongside the shed at Bournville on Saturday 15th June 1935
Ref: mrb5
WL Good
Ex-MR 3P 0-6-4T No 2033 stands with other engines in a siding alongside the shed at Bournville on 15th June 1935
Ex-MR 4P 4-4-0 No 1025 photographed heading an eight coach train near Bournville on Wednesday 9th April 1930
Ref: mrb2
WL Good
Ex-MR 4P 4-4-0 No 1025 photographed heading an eight coach train near Bournville on 9th April 1930
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 365 photographed heading a seven coach train near Bournville on Wednesday 2nd October 1929
Ref: mrb19
WL Good
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 365 heads a seven coach train near Bournville on Wednesday 2nd October 1929

A fine view of Fowler 2P 4-4-0 No 517, standing with other engines in a siding near the coaling stage at Bournville
Ref: mrb1537
RS Carpenter
A fine view of Fowler 2P 4-4-0 No 517, standing with other engines in a siding near the coaling stage at Bournville
A fine view of Fowler 2-6-4T No 42338, standing with other engines on one of the shed's sidings in the early 1950s
Ref: mrb1538
D Sharpe
A fine view of Fowler 2-6-4T No 42338, standing with other engines on one of the shed's sidings in the early 1950s
Undated view of ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44782, standing in a siding near the coaling stage at Bournville
Ref: mrb1539
B Ware
Undated view of ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44782, standing in a siding near the coaling stage at Bournville
British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 No 92058, probably leaving the shed, taken in the summer of 1959
Ref: mrb1541
C Hawketts
British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 No 92058, probably leaving the shed, taken in the summer of 1959
An undated view of ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44810 of Saltley, probably taking on water in an otherwise empty shed
Ref: mrb1543
J McNally
Undated view of ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44810 of Saltley, probably taking on water, in an otherwise empty shed

British Railways built B1 4-6-0 No 61284 is seen standing over the ash pit at Bournville shed in October 1957
Ref: mrb1554
D Skevington
British Railways built B1 4-6-0 No 61284 is seen standing over the ash pit at Bournville shed in October 1957
LMS 4-4-0 Compound No 1000 reverses towards Bournville's coaling stage to be prepared for its trip to York
Ref: mrb1551
D Skevington
LMS 4-4-0 Compound No 1000 reverses towards Bournville's coaling stage to be prepared for its trip to York
MR 0-6-4T Class 2000 'Flatiron' No 2038 stands at the throat of the yard in August 1919
Ref: mrb1552
WL Good
MR 0-6-4T Class 2000 'Flatiron' No 2038 stands at the throat of the yard in August 1919
Ex-MR 2-4-0 800 class No 24 stands in line on the ash pit road ready for its next trip in February 1921
Ref: mrb1557
K Nunn
Ex-MR 2-4-0 800 class No 24 stands in line on the ash pit road ready for its next trip in February 1921
MR 1P 1282 class 2-4-0 No 158 has worked in on a local passenger train and seen at Bournville in 1921
Ref: mrb1558
WL Good
MR 1P 1282 class 2-4-0 No 158 has worked in on a local passenger train and seen at Bournville in 1921

MR 2F 0-6-0 1873 class No 3425 prepares to be coaled and watered whilst at Bournville shed on 31st August 1919
Ref: mrb1559
WL Good
MR 2F 0-6-0 1873 class No 3425 prepares to be coaled and watered at Bournville shed on 31st August 1919
MR 1P 0-4-4T 1532 class No 1327 is seen standing 'cold' at the rear of the coaling stage on 9th April 1922
Ref: mrb1560
WL Good
MR 1P 0-4-4T 1532 class No 1327 is seen standing 'cold' at the rear of the coaling stage on 9th April 1922
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 No 8786, in store with other engines of the same type, beside the shed on 2nd March 1935
Ref: mrb1561
HC Casserley
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 No 8786, in store with other engines of the same type, beside the shed on 2nd March 1935
Ex-MR 2-4-0 156 class No 2002 is seen backing out of the shed on a June evening in 1935
Ref: mrb1562
D Sharpe
Ex-MR 2-4-0 156 class No 2002 is seen carefully backing out of the shed on a June evening in 1935
Ex-MR 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1004 is seen coming off shed to run light engine to New Street on 2nd March 1935
Ref: mrb1564
Anon
Ex-MR 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1004 is seen coming off shed to run light engine to New Street on 2nd March 1935

Ex-MR 1F 0-6-0 No 2630, another Kirtley veteran, is seen shunting loco coal for Bournville shed on 2nd March 1935
Ref: mrb1567
Anon
Ex-MR 1F 0-6-0 No 2630, another Kirtley veteran, shunts loco coal for Bournville shed on 2nd March 1935
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40168, with British Railways lettering on the tank sides, is seen at the shed on 24th April 1949
Ref: mrb1571
Anon
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40168, with British Railways lettering on the tank sides, is seen at the shed on 24th April 1949
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44842 runs along side the shed at the head of an Ian Allen Special on 16th April 1955
Ref: mrb1569
Anon
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44842 runs along side the shed at the head of an Ian Allen Special on 16th April 1955

The LMS and its successor, British Railways, undertook to film various aspects of operating steam locomotives and other railway operations. We have provided below links to some of the films related to shed operation that we know exist. Films on other aspects of railway operations can be viewed via our Video and Film Clip section.

"Wash and Brush Up" 1953
Shows the procedures that a steam engine goes through as part of its regular maintenance cycle. The locomotive being featured in the film is a British Railways Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73020 at 6D Chester (Midland shed. (25 minutes 19 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part One of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 44 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part Two of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 31 seconds)

Bournville Station (33) Bournville Shed (142)