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Tyseley Shed

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Tyseley depot began its life as an operational steam depot in July 1908, and replaced an earlier and smaller shed located at Bordesley closer to the centre of Birmingham. It was a Churchward standard brick built Great Western Railway two turntable shed. The original plans made provision for a further two turntable shed units (roundhouses) to be added at the rear (Warwick Road end), but these were never built. On the west side of the shed, there was a large repair shop (known as ‘the factory’) and this was equipped with heavy lifting gear, an electric traverser for moving locomotives between workshop ‘roads’, and various smiths’ shops. Following the GWR's tradition of standardisation, the whole design was similar to that of sheds at other locations in the network including Old Oak Common (the main GWR London shed close to Paddington). The turntables were 65 feet in diameter and were originally manually operated. The arrangement allowed for the addition of electrical drive later on if needed (it was needed, and now is electrical). Twenty-eight engine roads radiated from each turntable and these were all provided with inspection pits. The roads were of varying length and gave accommodation for approximately thirty-six tender engines and twenty-eight tank engines The two turntables were linked internally by one road from each turntable running through to the corresponding road on the other turntable.

The East roundhouse catered for passenger engines, whilst the west one catered for goods (freight in 1990's railway parlance) engines. Tyseley initially was the home of 72 engines with the number of locomotives allocated growing to approximately 100 by the 1950s reducing to 55 in 1963 when British Railways (Midland Region) changed its shed code from 84E to 2A and numbered just three Panier tanks when the shed finally closed in November 1966.Most of these were smaller types and were used for goods duties, local passenger work and some express work. Tyseley always had to play ‘second fiddle’ to Wolverhampton Stafford Road, which handled the important expresses from the West Midlands to London Paddington. Consequently its allocation of engines was mainly tank engines and mixed traffic types. Tyseley's existence owed a lot to the opening of the North Warwick Line (also in 1908) which gave a more direct route between Tyseley South Junction and Bearley leading on to Stratford, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, South Wales and the West Country. The depot was equipped with a standard GWR coal stage with a two road ramp approach. The coal stage was built in between the entrance roads to the two roundhouses. Above this was a water tank with a capacity of 98,000 gallons and this supplied all the watering facilities within the yard and shed.

In 1957 Diesel Multiple Units were introduced by BR's Western Region (the latter day GWR) on the Birmingham area suburban and local services. So work began on building a new BR DMU depot and office block on the extreme west of the site. The freight roundhouse was closed in 1963. In 1964 the GWR works (the factory) was demolished and new Diesel Repair facilities were built. Steam officially lasted at Tyseley until 1967 with many ex-LMS and BR locomotive types then appearing on the shed. The new masters (‘the Midland’ who took control in January 1963) purged the GWR classes by the end of 1965, or at least tried. Defiant to the end, 'the Western' managed to hang on in there with a few ex-GWR pannier tanks retained for shunting the Halesowen Basin. The depot became known as Tyseley Traction Maintenance Depot, but nevertheless steam engines still continued to visit the site for wheel turning in the new factory until the ‘final’ demise of steam on BR in Summer 1968. However, time was running out! The old passenger roundhouse was deteriorating fast especially as its Siamese twin, the freight roundhouse, had gone. The passenger roundhouse was demolished by the end of 1968. Fortunately, the coaling stage building was leased to 7029 Clun Castle Limited and this was adapted to form a new home for ‘Clun’ and her newly acquired stable mate LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 5593 Kolhapur. A tool room was formed within this building (which is now known as ‘Top Shed’). Saved! The tradition of stabling, maintaining and servicing steam engines at Tyseley Loco Depot continued.

The above was written by Brian Wilson and first published in 'Steam In Trust', the Journal of The Friends of Birmingham Railway Museum Number 3 – Summer/Autumn 1998.

Robert Ferris transcribed the following article from the Great Western Railway Magazine Volume XX No 10 – October 1908

New Locomotive Depot at Tyseley

In consequence of the alterations which have been and are being, carried out at Birmingham, the Locomotive Department have had to vacate the old engine shed situated at Bordesley. A new shed has therefore been built at Tyseley. This new depot is similar to that at Old Oak Common, excepting that two units have so far been built, but provision has been made for extension in the future, if necessary. The turntables are 65 feet in diameter, under girder type, so arranged as to be adaptable for electrical driving if this method be found desirable later on. Radiating from each turntable are twenty-eight roads, containing pits varying in length, giving accommodation for approximately thirty-six tender and twenty-eight tank engines. On the west side of the shed is a spacious lifting shop 197 feet by 112 feet, containing twelve 52 feet pits. The shop is provided with an overhead electric crane of 35 tons capacity, 49 feet span, running on roads 23 feet above rail level. In front of the lifting shop is an electric traverser suitable for dealing with the largest engines. Electricity will be employed generally as the motive power for the machinery.

The smiths’ shop contains a spring furnace, six single smiths’ hearths and open double hearth. Adjoining is the coppersmiths’ shop and one for carpenters. Stores, shed foreman's offices, enginemen's messroom, etc. are situated on the north-west side of the shed, and messrooms for cleaners and mechanics with kitchen and lavatories on the south-west side. Between the two incoming roads is the coal stage – only half of which has been erected for the present – with an overhead water tank having capacity of 98,000 gallons for supplying the whole of the yard and shed. The tank, in accordance with standard practice, is divided into two, in order to facilitate cleaning and repairs. Immediately in front of the coal stage, which is approached by an elevated road 1 in 162, are two 150 feet pits. A weigh-house is being provided and will be equipped with five of Messrs. Pooley & Son's latest pattern engine balancing tables. Conveniently situated at the side of the shed are sand furnaces of the large detached type. The depot, which is of the Swindon standard design, has been erected by Mr T Rowbotham under the supervision of the New Works Engineer, the Resident Engineer being Mr CE Shackle.

Tyseley Station (75) Tyseley Shed (121) Tyseley Memories

External and internal views of Tyseley Repair Workshops

Tyseley shed's Repair Shop with the two round houses used for passenger and goods locomotives on the left
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Anon
Tyseley shed's Repair Shop with the two round houses used for passenger and goods locomotives on the left
Close up of a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean goods' locomotive standing on an approach roads in front of the sheds
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Anon
Close up of a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean goods' locomotive standing on an approach roads in front of the sheds
Three unidentified GWR 0-6-0ST 850 Class locomotives and one GWR 0-6-0 'Dean Goods' tender locomotive are seen at the rear of Tyseley shed
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Postcard
Three GWR 0-6-0ST 850 Class locomotives and a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean Goods' at the rear of Tyseley shed
External view of Tyseley's two roundhouses, the approach roads, stabling and the 'factory' prior to the shed being opened in 1908
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GWR Magazine
External view of Tyseley shed, the approach roads, stabling and the 'factory' prior to the shed being opened in 1908
Tyseley's double sided coaling station with two elevated sidings passing through the centre with a large water tank overhead
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PJ Garland
The coaling station with two elevated sidings passing through the centre with a large water tank overhead

Panoramic view of the twelve roads that constituted Tyseley's repair workshops with eight locomotives representing seven classes on show
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View of Tyseley's twelve road work shops with eight locomotives representing seven classes on show
Close up of the locomotives without their boilers and pony wheels and GWR 0-6-0 No 7 being elevated
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Anon
Close up of the locomotives without their boilers and pony wheels and GWR 0-6-0 No 7 being elevated
Close up showing the fitter's workbench complete with screen which could accommodate up to nine workmen using vices and other tools
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Anon
Close up of the fitter's work bench and screen which could hold nine workmen using vices and other tools
Close up showing two of the repair roads with a GWR 2-6-2T tank engine stripped down to its frame with only the bunker remaining
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Anon
Close up of two of the repair roads & a GWR 2-6-2T tank engine stripped down to its frame leaving just the bunker
View inside Tyseley factory showing various GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie class locomotives under going repair
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MJ Thomas
View inside Tyseley factory showing various GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie class locomotives under going repair

View inside the factory with GWR 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' No 5162 is seen in company with four other GWR goods engines
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RS Carpenter
Inside the factory with GWR 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' No 5162 is seen in company with four other GWR goods engines

Inside Tyseley Shed

Inside Tyseley roundhouse showing the two sets of boarded turntables prior to the shed being opened
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GWR Magazine
Inside Tyseley roundhouse showing the two sets of boarded turntables prior to the shed being opened
Inside one of Tyseley shed's roundhouses with ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4155, ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3012 on show
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Ian Allen
Inside one of Tyseley shed's roundhouses with ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4155, ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3012 on show
GWR 2-4-0 Barnum class No 3210 an outside-framed locomotive is seen inside one of the roundhouses undergoing repair work on its inside cylinders
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GWR 2-4-0 Barnum class No 3210 is seen inside undergoing repair work on its inside cylinders
Close up of GWR 2-4-0 Barnum class No 3210 with the bufferbeam removed and supported by a rail mounted trolley tall and slim screw jacks
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Close up of GWR 2-4-0 No 3210 with its bufferbeam removed and supported by a rail mounted trolley and jacks
GWR 4-6-0 Saint class No 2988 'Rob Roy' is seen inside one of Tyseley's roundhouses with steam escaping from its safety valves
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G Coltas
GWR 4-6-0 No 2988 'Rob Roy' is seen inside Tyseley shed with steam escaping from its safety valves

In gleaming and pristine condition ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3008 is seen standing full coaled inside Tyseley shed in August 1932
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In gleaming and pristine condition ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3008 is seen standing full coaled inside Tyseley shed
GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3417 'Lord Mildmay of Flete' is seen standing around one of Tyseley' turntables inside the shed on 21st June 1931
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GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3417 'Lord Mildmay of Flete' stands around one of Tyseley' turntables inside the shed
GWR outside-framed 0-6-0 locomotive No 22 is seen standing inside Tyseley shed fully coaled and ready for its next set of duties circa 1931
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GWR 0-6-0 locomotive No 22 standing inside Tyseley shed fully coaled and ready for its next set of duties circa 1931
An internal view of one of Tyseley shed's two roundhouses with a variety of ex-GWR locomotives on display on 22nd November 1964
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Millbrook House Ltd
Internal view of Tyseley shed with a variety of ex-GWR locomotives on display on 22nd November 1964
Close up showing a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean goods' locomotive standing on one of the approach roads in front of the sheds with the doors to the repair shops on the right
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 81xx Class No 8109, ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class No 3770, ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 4158

Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4555, in refurbished GWR livery, and ex-GWR 0-6-2T No 5658 are seen with other locomotives
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4555, in refurbished GWR livery, and ex-GWR 0-6-2T No 5658 are seen with other locomotives
BR Standard Class 5MT, an ex-LMS Class 5 and an ex-GWR Manor Class locomotive on 31st January 1965
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R Postill
BR Standard Class 5MT, an ex-LMS Class 5 and an ex-GWR Manor Class locomotive on 31st January 1965
BR 2-10-0 Standard Class 9F No 92220 'Evening Star' is seen minus its nameplates in Tyseley shed on 31st January 1965
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R Postill
BR 2-10-0 Standard Class 9F No 92220 'Evening Star' is seen minus its nameplates on 31st January 1965
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6831 Bearley Grange and ex-LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT No 44932 inside Tyseley shed on 19th September 1965
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P Hawkins
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6831 Bearley Grange and ex-LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT No 44932 on 19th September 1965

Locomotives seen at Tyseley Shed

GWR 0-6-0ST No 2005 is stabled on one of Tyseley shed's roads alongside the coaling stage
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J Alsop
GWR 0-6-0ST 1901 Class No 2005 is stabled on one of Tyseley shed's roads alongside the coaling stage
Close up showing a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean goods' locomotive standing on one of the approach roads in front of the sheds with the doors to the repair shops on the right
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J Alsop
Great Western Railway 0-6-0ST 1901 Class No 2005 is seen after being modified to receive a pannier tank
Close up showing a GWR 0-6-0 'Dean goods' locomotive standing on one of the approach roads in front of the sheds with the doors to the repair shops on the right
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J Alsop
GWR 2-6-2T 3901 Class No 3916 is standing fully serviced with Tyseley carriage sidings seen behind
GWR 4-4-0 3521 Class No 3555 stands over the ash pits at Tyseley shed having just been coaled
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J Alsop
GWR 4-4-0 3521 Class No 3555 stands over the ash pits at Tyseley shed having just been coaled
GWR 0-6-0PT No 2714, a member of the 655 class designed by Armstrong, is fitted with a half-cab stands in line at Tyseley shed
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 2714 655 class designed by Armstrong, and fitted with a half-cab stands in line at Tyseley shed

GWR 0-6-0PT No 2036, a member of the 2021 class fitted with a half-cab, is seen standing in line outside Tyseley's roundhouses
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 2036, a member of the 2021 class fitted with a half-cab, is seen outside Tyseley shed
GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier Tank No 1947 is seen buffered up in line with two other Panniers, No 1812 on the left and No 7797 on the right in 1930
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 1947 is seen buffered up in line with two other Pannier tanks, No 1812 on the left and No 7797
GWR 0-6-0PT No 1070 fitted with a half-cab and a member of the outside-framed 1016 class, is seen on shed on 21st June 1931
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 1070, fitted with a half-cab and a member of the outside-framed 1016 class, is seen on shed
GWR 0-6-0PT No 1790, fitted with a half-cab and a member of the 655 class, is seen standing outside the shed in June 1937
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 1790, fitted with a half-cab and a member of the 655 class, is seen standing outside the shed
GWR 0-6-0PT No 1955, a half-cab class 850 locomotive, is seen standing in line outside Tyseley shed circa 1932
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 1955, a half-cab class 850 locomotive, is seen standing in line outside Tyseley shed

GWR 0-6-0PT No 1824, a half-cab class 1813 design, is seen standing in line with other locomotives circa 1933
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 1824, a half-cab class 1813 design, is seen standing in line with other locomotives circa 1933
GWR 0-6-0PT No 2104, a half-cab class 2021 design, is standing near the carriage sidings in line with other locomotives
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 2104, a half-cab class 2021 design stands near the carriage sidings with other locomotives
GWR 0-6-0PT No 6747, a 67xx class locomotive complete with full cab, is seen standing in line with other locomotives at Tyseley
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GWR 0-6-0PT 67xx class No 6747, complete with full cab, is seen standing in line with other locomotives at Tyseley
GWR 0-6-0PT No 7714, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen standing in line in front of Tyseley shed
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 7714, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen standing in line in front of Tyseley shed
GWR 0-6-0PT No 9750, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen in steam in front of Tyseley's two-road coaling shed
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DK Jones
GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx class No 9750 is seen in steam in front of Tyseley's two-road coaling shed

View of a row of GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier Tanks standing on the approach road to one of the two Tyseley shed's roundhouses
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W Potter
A row of GWR 0-6-0PT locomotives standing on the approach road to one of Tyseley shed's roundhouse
GWR 0-6-0PT No 7758, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen in steam in front of Tyseley's shed on 21st June 1931
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GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx class No 7758, a full-cab locomotive, in steam in front of Tyseley's shed on 21st June 1931
GWR 0-6-0PT No 7758, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen outside on the road entering one of Tyseley's roundhouses
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GWR 0-6-0PT No 7758, a class 57xx full-cab locomotive, is seen entering one of Tyseley's roundhouses
GWR 2-4-0 Barnum class No 3210, a curved outside-framed locomotive, stands outside Tyseley's Repair shops
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GWR 2-4-0 No 3210, a curved outside-framed locomotive, stands outside Tyseley's Repair shops
GWR 4-4-0 Dukedog class No 9015, a straight outside-framed locomotive, is seen coaled and ready for its turn of service
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PB Whitehouse
GWR 4-4-0 straight outside-framed Dukedog class No 9015 is seen coaled and ready for its turn of service

GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3454 'Skylark' is seen standing alongside Tyseleys two-road coaling station
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RS Carpenter
GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3454 'Skylark' is seen standing alongside Tyseleys two-road coaling station
View of ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' No 8109 is seen standing on on of the two coaling roads at Tyseley shed having just been topped up circa 1964
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R Paxton
View of ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' No 8109 is seen standing on on of the two coaling roads at Tyseley shed
GWR 4-4-0 Dukedog class No 3203, a straight outside-framed locomotive, is seen standing in line coaled and serviced
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GWR 4-4-0 straight outside-framed Dukedog class No 3203 standing in line coaled and serviced
GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3450 'Peacock', an outside-framed locomotive, stands in Tyseley shed's yard ready for service
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GWR 4-4-0 outside-framed Bulldog class No 3450 'Peacock' stands in Tyseley shed's yard ready for service
GWR 4-4-0 No 3361, a Bulldog class outside-framed locomotive formerly named 'Edward VII', stands outside Tyseley's Repair Shops
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GWR 4-4-0 outside-framed Bulldog class No 3361, formerly named 'Edward VII', stands outside Tyseley shed

GWR 4-4-0 No 3403 'Trinidad', a Bulldog class outside-framed locomotive, is seen standing alongside the 'Loco' coal wagons
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GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3403 'Trinidad', is seen standing alongside the 'Loco' coal wagons
GWR 4-4-0 No 3281 'Cotswold', a curved outside-framed Duke class locomotive, is seen standing outside Tyseley shed
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GWR 4-4-0 Duke class No 3281 'Cotswold', a curved outside-framed locomotive stands outside Tyseley shed
GWR 4-4-0 No 3253 'Boscawen', a curved outside-framed Duke class locomotive, is seen simmering in steam
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GWR 4-4-0 Duke class No 3253 'Boscawen', a curved outside-framed locomotive, simmering in steam
GWR 4-4-0 No 3327 'Marco Polo', a curved outside-framed Bulldog class locomotive, is seen resting against the buffers at Tyseley
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GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog class No 3327 'Marco Polo', a curved outside-framed locomotive, resting against the buffers
GWR 2-6-0 No 2673, an outside-framed Aberdare class locomotive, is seen standing in line in front of Tyseley's carriage sidings
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GWR 2-6-0 Aberdare class No 2673, an outside-framed locomotive, stands in front of the carriage sidings

GWR 2-6-0 No 2612, an outside-framed Aberdare class locomotive, is seen standing in the yard at Tyseley shed circa 1932
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GWR 2-6-0 Aberdare class No 2612, an outside-framed locomotive, is seen standing in the yard at Tyseley shed
GWR 2-6-0 No 7320, a 43xx class locomotive, is seen fully coaled standing in line in Tyseley shed's yard circa 1939
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GWR 2-6-0 No 7320, a 43xx class locomotive, is seen fully coaled standing in line in Tyseley shed's yard circa 1939
GWR 2-6-0 No 8300, the first of several 43xx class locomotives modified, is seen standing in front of Tyseley's carriage sidings
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GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 8300, the first of several modified locomotives, stands in front of the carriage sidings
GWR 2-6-0 No 5303, a class 43xx locomotive, is seen coaled and watered ready to commence service the following Monday
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GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 5303 is seen coaled and watered ready to commence service the following Monday
GWR 2-6-0 No 4318, a class 43xx locomotive, is seen coming off Tyseley shed ready for its next turn of service
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GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 4318 is seen coming off Tyseley shed ready for its next turn of service

GWR 2-6-0 No 5369, a class 43xx locomotive, is seen coming off Tyseley shed with Tyseley Repair Shops in the background
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GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 5369 is seen coming off shed with Tyseley Repair Shops in the background
GWR 0-6-0 No 2257, a member of the 2251 class built by Collett, is seen standing on the traverser in front of Tyseley Repair shop
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GWR 0-6-0 2251 class No 2257 is seen standing on the traverser in front of Tyseley Repair shop
GWR 0-6-0 No 2465, resplendent with a fresh coat of paint, stands in line on one of Tyseley stabling roads outside the shed
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GWR 0-6-0 No 2465, freshly painted, stands in line on one of Tyseley stabling roads outside the shed
GWR 0-6-0 No 2392, a 2301 class locomotive, is seen standing on one of the stabling roads outside Tyseley shed
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GWR 0-6-0 2301 class No 2392 is seen standing on one of the stabling roads outside Tyseley shed
GWR 0-6-0 No 2477, a 2301 class locomotive, is seen outside Tyseley's roundhouses with the Repair Shops in the background
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GWR 0-6-0 2301 class No 2477 is seen outside Tyseley shed with the Repair Shops in the background

GWR 0-6-0 No 2439, a member of the 2301 class better known as a Dean Goods, stands on one of the stabling roads outside the shed
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GWR 0-6-0 2301 class No 2439, known as a Dean Goods, is stabled on one of the roads outside the shed
View of an unidentified ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' locomotive which has been given the road to proceed towards joining the main line at Tyseley station
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B Moore
An unknown ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' locomotive has been given the road to proceed towards joining the main line
GWR 2-6-2T No 8104, a class 81xx 'Large Prairie' locomotive is seen in steam waiting its turn to be coaled at Tyseley' coaling two-road station
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GWR 2-6-2T 81xx No 8104 is seen in steam waiting its turn to be coaled at Tyseley' coaling two-road station
GWR 2-6-2T No 4559, a 45xx class 'Small Prairie' locomotive, is seen buffered up to another larger prairie on the coaling stage road
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GWR 2-6-2T 45xx class No 4559 is seen buffered up to another larger prairie on the coaling stage road
GWR No 4118, a class 51xx 'Large Prairie' locomotive, is seen in company with other locomotives waiting its turn to leave the shed
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GWR 51xx class No 4118 is seen in company with other locomotives waiting its turn to leave the shed

GWR 2-6-2T No 5108, a class 5101 'Large Prairie' locomotive, is seen simmering in the sun on one of Tyseley's stabling roads
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GWR 2-6-2T 5101 class No 5108 is seen simmering in the sun on one of Tyseley's stabling roads
GWR 2-6-2T No 5140, a class 51xx 'Large Prairie' locomotive, is seen on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads with the coaling stage in the background
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GWR 2-6-2T 51xx class No 5140 is seen on one of the shed's roads with the coaling stage in the background
GWR 2-8-2T No 7228, a class 72xx locomotive, is seen standing coaled and watered ready for another day's service
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GWR 2-8-2T 72xx class No 7228 is seen standing coaled and watered ready for another day's service
GWR 2-6-2T No 3190, a class 3150 'Praire' type locomotive, is seen standing in line waiting to be coaled with other locomotives
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GWR 2-6-2T 3150 class No 3190 is seen standing in line waiting to be coaled with other locomotives
GWR 2-6-2T No 4110, a class 51xx 'Large Prairie' locomotive, is seen raising steam alongside Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage
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GWR 2-6-2T 51xx class No 4110 is seen raising steam alongside Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage

British Railways 3MT 2-6-2T No 82005, a 82000 standard class locomotive, stands in one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads
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BR Standard Class 3MT 2-6-2T No 82005 is seen standing on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads
GWR 4-6-0 Castle class No 111 'Viscount Churchill' is seen standing in steam just after being coaled and watered
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GWR 4-6-0 Castle class No 111 'Viscount Churchill' is seen standing in steam just after being serviced
GWR 4-6-0 Saint Class No 2941 'Easton Court' is seen on a sunny Sunday standing on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads
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GWR 4-6-0 Saint Class No 2941 'Easton Court' is seen on a sunny Sunday standing outside Tyseley shed
GWR 4-6-0 Grange class No 6855 'Saighton Grange' is seen standing on one of the coaling station's roads having just been coaled
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WL Good
GWR 4-6-0 No 6855 'Saighton Grange' is seen standing on one of the coaling station's roads having just been coaled
GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 4971 'Stanway Hall' is seen standing on one of Tyseley's stabling roads ready for its next turn of service
Ref: gwrt346
P Hopkins
GWR 4-6-0 No 4971 'Stanway Hall' standing on one of Tyseley's stabling roads ready for its next turn of service

GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5956 'Horsley Hall' with steam gently escaping stands on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads
Ref: gwrt305
WL Good
GWR 4-6-0 No 5956 'Horsley Hall' with steam gently escaping stands on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads
GWR 4-6-0 Saint class No 2979 'Quentin Durwood' is seen standing on shed prepared ready for the for following day's service
Ref: gwrt332
WL Good
GWR 4-6-0 Saint class No 2979 'Quentin Durwood' is seen standing on shed prepared for the following day
GWR 4-6-0 Manor class No 7818 'Granville Manor' stands on one of the stabling roads after returning from a day's turn
Ref: gwrt309
WL Good
GWR 4-6-0 No 7818 'Granville Manor' stands on one of the stabling roads after returning from a day's turn
GWR 4-6-0 Grange class No 6853 'Morehampton Grange' is seen on one of the access roads to one of Tyseley's Roundhouses
Ref: gwrt307
WL Good
GWR 4-6-0 No 6853 'Morehampton Grange' is seen stabled outside Tyseley Roundhouses
GWR 2-8-0 No 4701, the first locomotive of the 4701 class, is seen with its tender buffered up against the stops at Tyseley shed
Ref: gwrt333
WL Good
GWR 2-8-0 No 4701, the first locomotive of the 4701 class, is seen with its tender buffered up against the stops

GWR 2-8-0 4701 class No 4704 is seen standing at Tyseley shed prepared for its next turn on Monday
Ref: gwrt329
WL Good
GWR 2-8-0 4701 class No 4704 is seen standing at Tyseley shed prepared for its next turn on Monday
GWR 2-8-0 No 2804, a 28xx class locomotive, is seen standing fully coaled ready for its next trip outside Tyseley's roundhouses
Ref: gwrt330
WL Good
GWR 2-8-0 No 2804, a 28xx class locomotive, is seen standing fully coaled outside Tyseley's roundhouses
GWR 2-8-0 No 2874, a 28xx class locomotive, stands on one of Tyseley shed's stabling roads with the carriage sidings in the background
Ref: gwrt331
WL Good
GWR 2-8-0 No 2874 stands on one of the shed's stabling roads with the carriage sidings in the background
GWR 2-8-0 No 4705, a class 4701 locomotive, is seen standing on one of Tyseley's many stabling roads ready for the following day's service
Ref: gwrt304
P Hopkins
GWR 2-8-0 No 4705 is seen standing on one of Tyseley's many stabling roads ready for the following day's service
GWR 2-8-0 No 2814, a class 28xx locomotive, is seen standing on the roads outside the shed fully coaled and prepared for the next day's workings
Ref: gwrt300
WL Good
GWR 2-8-0 No 2814 is seen standing outside the shed fully coaled and prepared for the next day's workings

A later view of ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3037 now seen standing on one of the approach roads to Tyseley's Repair workshops
Ref: gwrt368
WL Good
A later view of ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3037 now seen standing on one of the approach roads to Tyseley's Repair workshops
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3021 stands on one of Tyseley's stabling roads resplendent in a fresh coat of paint fully coaled and ready for its next turn
Ref: gwrt315
WL Good
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3021 stands on one of Tyseley's stabling roads resplendent in a fresh coat of paint
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3026 is seen standing alongside Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage fully coaled and ready for its next turn of duties
Ref: gwrt366
WL Good
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3026 is seen standing alongside Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage fully coaled
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3037 is seen standing on the stabling roads fully coaled with Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage in the background
Ref: gwrt367
WL Good
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3037 is seen fully coaled with Tyseley shed's two-road coaling stage in the background
BR Standard Class 6 4-6-2 No 72008 'Clan MacLeod', on a rare visit, is seen at Tyseley on 26th March 1963
Ref: gwrt2358
P Hawkins
BR Standard Class 6 4-6-2 No 72008 'Clan MacLeod', on a rare visit, is seen at Tyseley on 26th March 1963

Looking along a line of withdrawn locomotives standing in line at Tyseley shed on 31st January 1965
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R Postill
Looking along a line of withdrawn locomotives standing in line at Tyseley shed on 31st January 1965
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class No 8700 is seen standing on shed and still retaining its GWR button logo
Ref: gwrt2363
R Smith
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class No 8700 is seen standing on shed and still retaining its GWR button logo
British Railways 2-10-0 Standard Class 9F No 92002 is seen in steam at the rear of Tyseley shed in 1959
Ref: gwrt2370
G Dowling
British Railways 2-10-0 Standard Class 9F No 92002 is seen in steam at the rear of Tyseley shed in 1959
BR built 4-6-0 Castle Class No 7014 'Caerhays Castle' is standing in line on Tyseley shed's scrap line on 31st January 1965
Ref: gwrt2385
R Postill
BR built 4-6-0 Castle Class No 7014 'Caerhays Castle' is standing in line on Tyseley shed's scrap line
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5014 'Goodrich Castle' is sandwiched between a Castle and an unknown 0-6-0PT locomotive on 31st January 1965
Ref: gwrt2386
R Postill
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5014 'Goodrich Castle' is seen sandwiched on 31st January 1965

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 49xx Class No 4993 'Dalton Hall' stands outside Tyseley shed when in steam on 31st January 1965
Ref: gwrt2387
R Postill
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 49xx Class No 4993 'Dalton Hall' stands outside Tyseley shed when in steam on 31st January 1965
Grimy ex-GWR 4-6-0 78xx Class No 7805 'Broome Manor' is seen stabled at the rear of Tyseley shed
Ref: gwrt2393
G Dowling
Grimy ex-GWR 4-6-0 78xx Class No 7805 'Broome Manor' is seen stabled at the rear of Tyseley shed
BR built 4-6-0 Castle Class No 7026 'Tenby Castle' stands on the scrap line at Tyseley on 31st January 1965
Ref: gwrt2384
R Postill
BR built 4-6-0 Castle Class No 7026 'Tenby Castle' stands on the scrap line at Tyseley on 31st January 1965
A later view of ex-GWR Railcar No 13 sandwiched between another member of the class and the express parcel Railcar in 1960
Ref: gwrt2399
BPC
GWR 0-6-2T 56xx Class No 6681 simmers alongside Tyseley's carriage sidings in the late 1950s
GWR 2-8-0 30xx 'ROD' class No 3001 is seen after being prepared for another turn of work in 1932
Ref: gwrt2397
RS Carpenter
GWR 2-8-0 30xx 'ROD' class No 3001 is seen after being prepared for another turn of work in 1932

An unidentified ex-Great Western Railway 4-6-0 Grange Class locomotive is being turned inside Tyseley shed in 1964
Ref: gwrt2396
J Moss
An unidentified ex-GWR 4-6-0 Grange Class locomotive is being turned inside Tyseley shed in 1964

Final days of steam

Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Class 5XP No 45593 'Kholapur' is seen stored at Tyseley shed on 29th September 1968
Ref: gwrt2364
P Brumby
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Class 5XP No 45593 'Kholapur' is seen stored at Tyseley shed on 29th September 1968
GWR Railcar No 4 is seen standing on one of the direct access roads in to Tyseley Repair workshops as it has maintenance undertaken
Ref: gwrt2319
C Gorton
LMS 4-6-0 5XP Class No 5593 'Kolhapur' stands together with preserved GWR 4-6-0 No 7029 'Clun Castle'
GWR Railcar No 6, a member of the second production batch, stands in front of Tyseley shed next to an unknown GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier tank
Ref: gwrt2320
C Gorton
Behind the two locomotive roundhouses at Tyseley shed rests ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 1011 'County of Chester'
British Railways built 0-6-0PT 16xx Class No 1638, now preserved, is seen in steam in GWR livery on 18th March 1967
Ref: gwrt2318
C Gorton
BR built 0-6-0PT 16xx Class No 1638, now preserved, is seen in steam in GWR livery on 18th March 1967

Diesel Dawn

GWR Railcar No 2 is seen with its side panel removed to provide access to the engine as it stands in front of Tyseley's Repair Shops
Ref: gwrt343
WL Good
GWR Railcar No 2 is seen in front of the Repair Shops with its side panel removed to provide access to the engine
GWR Railcar No 4 is seen standing on one of the direct access roads in to Tyseley Repair workshops as it has maintenance undertaken
Ref: gwrt344
LGRP
GWR Railcar No 4 stands on one of the direct access roads into the repair workshops as maintenance is carried out
GWR Railcar No 6, a member of the second production batch, stands in front of Tyseley shed next to an unknown GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier tank
Ref: gwrt345
LGRP
GWR Railcar No 6 stands in front of Tyseley shed next to an unidentified GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier tank locomotive
GWR Railcar No 4 is seen standing outside on one of the entrance roads of Tyseley shed in 1934
Ref: gwrt345
S Davies
GWR Railcar No 4 is seen standing outside on one of the entrance roads of Tyseley shed in 1934
Ex-Great Western Railcar No 14 is seen standing on the diesel refueling line stopped hard up to the buffers
Ref: gwrt2368
S Davies
Ex-Great Western Railcar No 14 is seen standing on the diesel refueling line stopped hard up to the buffers

Ex-GWR Railcars No 13 and No 17 are seen in dirty condition alongside Tyseley shed in March 1960
Ref: gwrt2365
S Davies
Ex-GWR Railcars No 13 and No 17 are seen in dirty condition alongside Tyseley shed in March 1960
Another view of ex-GWR Railcars No 13 and No 17 seen stabled on the scrap lines at Tyseley shed in March 1960
Ref: gwrt2366
S Davies
Another view of ex-GWR Railcars No 13 and No 17 stabled on the scrap lines at Tyseley shed in March 1960
A later view of ex-GWR Railcar No 13 sandwiched between another member of the class and the express parcel Railcar in 1960
Ref: gwrt2367
S Davies
A later view of ex-GWR Railcar No 13 sandwiched between another member of the class and the express parcel Railcar

Ordnance Survey Maps of Tyseley station, carriage sidings and shed

A 1916 Ordnance Survey map showing Tyseley Junction station and the access to the carriage sidings
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Ordnance Survey
A 1916 Ordnance Survey map showing Tyseley Junction station and the access to the carriage sidings
A 1916 Ordnance Survey map showing the station's proximity to the carriage sidings and shed
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Ordnance Survey
A 1916 Ordnance Survey map showing the station's proximity to the carriage sidings and shed
View of Tyseley Shed layout including the roundhouses, Repair shop and approach roads with the double-sided coaling station in front of the shed
Ref: tyseley_shed_map
Ordance Survey
Tyseley Shed layout showing the roundhouses, repair shop, approach roads and the double-sided coaling station

Miscellaneous

An internal view of Tyseley shed showing fitters Gerald Clapham and Alan Hughes at work in July 1958
Ref: gwrt1941
A Hughes
An internal view of Tyseley shed showing fitters Gerald Clapham and Alan Hughes at work in July 1958
GWR Railcar No 4 is seen standing on one of the direct access roads in to Tyseley Repair workshops as it has maintenance undertaken
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GWR Official Documentation
The GWR Rule Book, produced in January 1933, requiring staff to take proper care of themselves and others

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. When we ascertain films on GWR operations we shall add these to the website too. 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)

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