GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line
Tyseley Shed: gwrt3913
Drawing showing the water arrangements at Tyseley Locomotive
Shed. Water was piped from the pumped wells at Hockley Goods Depot (see 'gwrhd3891') alongside the main line, via Snow Hill
Station and Tunnel (see 'gwrbsh2598') to the
143,030 gallon water tank above the coaling stage at Tyseley. This tank was
divided into two equal sections to enable tank cleaning and maintenance,
without interrupting the supply of water to the facilities in the Locomotive
Shed. From this water tank a secondary system distributed the water to four
water-cranes in the Locomotive Shed yard and to the various buildings. The
water was not pumped, but relied on the head of water in the raised water tank.
Large diameter (twelve inch with eight inch branch) pipes supplied the
water-cranes, so that water pressure to the other facilities was not
significantly reduced when locomotive tenders and tanks were being filled from
In addition to the large diameter pipes to the four
water-cranes (which also supplied water to wash out the Engine Pits) the water
- The Locomotive Shed, where eight inch diameter water ring
mains circled around the two turntables, suppling a total of 48 Hydrants and 41
Standpipes (see 'gwrt2993') within the shed, plus
connections to the two Sand Furnaces, Smiths Shop and WC.
- The Lifting Shop via a six inch diameter pipe.
- A four inch diameter pipe to various externally located
Hydrants and 80 Standpipes around the site.
- Connection to Offices and Hydrants.
- Connection to Stores and Mess-room.