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Aston Station (26) Aston Shed (62) Windsor Street Goods Station (35) Memories of Aston Shed

Aston Shed

Aston was one of three LNWR large sheds operated in Birmingham. It was the principal shed of a district which included Monument Lane as one of its sub-sheds which was another important depot. Up to 1882, Vauxhall shed had been undertaking duties with Monument Lane, the former primarily responsible for traffic in the LNWR's Northern Division based at Crewe and the latter for duties relating to the LNWR's Southern division. Vauxhall had never had any substantial investment and therefore its premises were both dilapidated and overcrowded. In 1882 the LNWR decided to 'erect a new depot in the fork at Aston Curve'. The new twelve road steam shed was commissioned in 1883, some three years after the LNWR opened a line from Aston to Stechford on the Birmingham to Coventry line which also gave access to the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company's works (later Metro-Cammell) at Saltley. Built to Webbs' standard design of twelve straight roads and a 42 foot turntable, Aston shed could accommodate sixty locomotives, a number that varied little throughout its working life. The shed was located in the 'V' of the lines to Stechford and New Street station opposite Aston station. There was also a short branch line to Windsor Street Goods Station and Birmingham Corporation Gas Works.

Its primary duties were freight but with little heavy mineral traffic this being the responsibility of Bescot shed. Whilst some long distance passenger work was undertaken, this was the prime responsibility of Bushbury shed in Wolverhampton or Monument Lane. Coded '10' by the LNWR, Aston's complement of locomotives was supplemented by some forty or so locomotives based at Monument Lane and one locomotive at a small shed at Tipton. There was also a signing on point at Albion. Modernisation in the 1930s saw the removal of the original coaling shed with its overhead 60,000 gallon water tank together with mechanical coaling and ash disposal. A larger 60 foot turntable and additional water columns were added. In 1935 the shed was re-coded to 3D and placed under Bescot supervision and control. The state of the roof was so poor that despite there being a war going on, in 1944 a new 'louvre' roof was installed. The LMS allocated Diesel shunters at Aston from an early period and consequently they built a repair workshop at the rear of the shed dedicated for their use. In 1962 Monument Lane was closed to steam locomotives, being the region's first dedicated Diesel Multiple Unit depot, with its locomotives being transferred to Aston shed. Following re-coding to 21D in may 1960 and 2J in September 1963, Aston shed was finally closed on 11th October 1965 although it was still used as a booking on point until 5th March 1967 when it was completely closed to be demolished and redeveloped for industrial use.

Close up showing Aston shed's coaling plant and ash disposal plant built by the LMS during the 1930s
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DJ Norton
Close up showing Aston shed's coaling plant and ash disposal plant built by the LMS during the 1930s
View of Aston shed after the erection of its new coaling station and ash plant together with some locomotives
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B Mathews
View of Aston shed after the erection of its new coaling station and ash plant together with some locomotives
Close up showing two LMS tender passenger locomotives together with LMS and ex-LNWR freight locomotives
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B Mathews
Close up showing two LMS tender passenger locomotives together with LMS and ex-LNWR freight locomotives
Close up of LMS 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5515 'Caernarvon' and an unidentified tank and tender locomotive
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B Mathews
Close up of LMS 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5515 'Caernarvon' and an unidentified tank and tender locomotive
Ex-LMS Nos 45545, 42964, 44838, 45186, 45048 together with British Railways No 75034 on 30th June 1963
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS Nos 45545, 42964, 44838, 45186, 45048 together with British Railways No 75034 on 30th June 1963

Close up showing rebuilt Patriot class No 45545 'Planet' stabled with other locomotives in front of the shed
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DJ Norton
Close up showing rebuilt Patriot class No 45545 'Planet' stabled with other locomotives in front of the shed
A general view of Aston Shed which shows a number of locomotives in steam despite it being a Sunday
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RS Carpenter
A general view of Aston Shed which shows a number of locomotives in steam despite it being a Sunday
Aston shed complete with new louvre roof with a mix of pre-grouping and grouping locomotives on 4th May 1958
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W Potter
Aston shed complete with new louvre roof with a mix of pre-grouping and grouping locomotives on 4th May 1958
lose up of an unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 Patriot Class locomotive and an ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five locomotive
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W Potter
Close up of an unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 Patriot Class locomotive and an ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five locomotive
Close up showing an unidentified ex-LMS 2-6-0 2F Mogul and an ex-MR 0-6-0 3F locomotive
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W Potter
Close up showing an unidentified ex-LMS 2-6-0 2F Mogul and an ex-MR 0-6-0 3F locomotive

View inside Aston shed's staff canteen with serving staff visible through the two serving hatches on the back wall
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British Railways
View inside Aston shed's staff canteen with serving staff visible through the two serving hatches on the back wall
View of Aston shed's relatively unusual coaling plant built by Mitchell Engineering in the early 1930s
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J Moss
View of Aston shed's relatively unusual coaling plant built by Mitchell Engineering in the early 1930s
Close up showing the fireman filling the side tanks of the LMS 2-6-0T from the parachute water tank
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WL Good
Close up showing the fireman filling the side tanks of the LMS 2-6-0T from the parachute water tank
Looking towards Aston No 1 signal cabin sited in the 'V' of the junction between Stechford and New Street
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Aston No 1 signal cabin sited in the 'V' of the junction between Stechford and New Street
Close up showing the entrance road to Aston shed which was adjacent to Aston No 1 signal cabin
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the entrance road to Aston shed which was adjacent to Aston No 1 signal cabin

Looking along the entrance roads to the shed towards Aston station with the Stechford lines on the far right
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J Moss
Looking along the entrance roads to the shed towards Aston station with the Stechford lines on the far right
An elevated view of Aston shed seen on the right and on the left, the line to Stechford as seen on 23rd March 1962
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DJ Norton
An elevated view of Aston shed seen on the right and on the left, the line to Stechford as seen on 23rd March 1962
Close up showing the overbridge carrying Long Acre over the line to Stechford and Hardman's sidings
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the overbridge carrying Long Acre over the line to Stechford and Hardman's sidings

Locomotives on shed - Pre British Railways Period (up to December 1947)

Ex-MR 0-6-0 No 3013 is seen standing in front of Aston shed fully coaled and watered on 24th September 1932
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WL Good
Ex-MR 0-6-0 No 3013 is seen standing in front of Aston shed fully coaled and watered on 24th September 1932
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 25602 'Bonaventure' poses for the camera after being serviced
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 25602 'Bonaventure' poses for the camera after being serviced
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 25685 'Persia' stands fully coaled facing the shed on 4th April 1936
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 25685 'Persia' stands fully coaled facing the shed on 4th April 1936
LMS 3F 0-6-0T No 7365 stands in steam above the service pits in front of the shed on 24th August 1935
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WL Good
LMS 3F 0-6-0T No 7365 stands in steam above the service pits in front of the shed on 24th August 1935
Ex-LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 'Large Boilered' Claughton No 5975 'Talisman' stands next to the coal stack in October 1932
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 'Large Boilered' Claughton No 5975 'Talisman' stands next to the coal stack in October 1932

Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 'large boiler' Claughton class No 6023 'Sir Charles Oust' stands adjacent to the parachute water tank
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 'large boiler' Claughton class No 6023 'Sir Charles Oust' stands adjacent to the parachute water tank
LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 1173 stands outside the shed after being serviced on 24th September 1932
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WL Good
LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 1173 stands outside the shed after being serviced on 24th September 1932
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 22904 having been fully coaled and watered poses in front of the shed on 24th August 1935
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WL Good
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 22904 having been fully coaled and watered poses in front of the shed on 24th August 1935
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2400 is seen stabled on one of the shed's siding adjacent to the Stechford line on 2nd July 1938
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WL Good
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2400 stabled on one of the shed's sidings next to the Stechford line on 2nd July 1938
LMS 3F 0-6-0T No 16448 stands on one of the sidings adjacent to the coal stack on 24th September 1932
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WL Good
LMS 3F 0-6-0T No 16448 stands on one of the sidings adjacent to the coal stack on 24th September 1932

LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5539 'EC Trench' stands on Aston's approach roads on 4th April 1936
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WL Good
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5539 'EC Trench' stands on Aston's approach roads on 4th April 1936
LMS 6P 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6164 'The Artists Rifleman' stands adjacent to the main lines on 2nd July 1938
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WL Good
LMS 6P 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6164 'The Artists Rifleman' stands adjacent to the main lines on 2nd July 1938
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 '18in Goods' No 8482 is seen being prepared ready for another working day circa 1934
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 '18in Goods' No 8482 is seen being prepared ready for another working day circa 1934
Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T No 6935 pauses next to the parachute water column ready to take on water on 24th August 1935
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T No 6935 pauses next to the parachute water column ready to take on water on 24th August 1935
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-2T No 27575 has just run bunker first from the coaling plant before it poses before the camera
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-2T No 27575 has just run bunker first from the coaling plant before it poses before the camera

LMS 2-6-2T No 143 stands beneath the parachute water tank near the shed's entrance on 2nd July 1938
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WL Good
LMS 2-6-2T No 143 stands beneath the parachute water tank near the shed's entrance on 2nd July 1938
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2611 is seen with safety valves lifting alongside the Ash Plant and in front of the shed in 1938
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WL Good
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2611 is seen with safety valves lifting alongside the Ash Plant and in front of the shed in 1938
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower'	No 8559 is seen standing on one of the roads in front of the shed in the late 1930s
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J Alsop
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8559 is seen standing on one of the roads in front of the shed in the late 1930s
Shed staff pose with ex-LNWR George the Fifth 4-4-0 No 2025 'Sir Thomas Brooke' in the 1930s
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A Gibbs
Shed staff pose with ex-LNWR George the Fifth 4-4-0 No 2025 'Sir Thomas Brooke' in the mid 1920s
An 1892 photograph of members of Aston shed including Albert Gibbs, a driver working from the shed
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J Turner
An 1892 photograph of members of Aston shed including Albert Gibbs, a driver working from the shed

Locomotives on shed - British Railway Period (Post January 1948)

Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45595 'Southern Rhodesia' carries a 5A shed plate at Aston shed on 29th July 1962
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K Long
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45595 'Southern Rhodesia' carries a 5A shed plate at Aston shed on 29th July 1962
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42538 stands alongside LMS 2-6-0 6P5F No 2960 at Aston shed in early British Railways days
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Anon
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42538 stands alongside LMS 2-6-0 6P5F No 2960 at Aston shed in early British Railways days
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 Class 6P5F No 42707 is seen fully coaled and watered coming off Aston Shed on 25th March 1964
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R Postill
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 Class 6P5F No 42707 is seen fully coaled and watered coming off Aston Shed on 25th March 1964
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Stanier 'Black Five' No 45052 is being turned on Aston's 60 foot turntable on 27th October 1961
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C Verrall
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Stanier 'Black Five' No 45052 is being turned on Aston's 60 foot turntable on 27th October 1961
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45450, from 19B Millhouses Shed, reverses out of the shed after being coaled and watered
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Anon
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45450, from 19B Millhouses Shed, reverses out of the shed after being coaled and watered

BR built 4-6-0 'Black Five' No 44685 is seen being oiled as it stands beneath the coaling plant on 25th March 1964
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R Postill
BR built 4-6-0 'Black Five' No 44685 is seen being oiled as it stands beneath the coaling plant on 25th March 1964
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45704 'Leviathan' stands 'cold' on one of the roads in front of Aston Shed
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R Smith
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45704 'Leviathan' stands 'cold' on one of the roads in front of Aston Shed
Ex-LMS rebuilt Patriot Class 4-6-0 No 45527 'Southport' stands in ex-works condition at Aston on 4th July 1957
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J Turner
Ex-LMS rebuilt Patriot Class 4-6-0 No 45527 'Southport' stands in ex-works condition at Aston on 4th July 1957
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 G2A class No 49063 draws forward slowly after being serviced on 29th June 1957
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P Shoesmith
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 No 49063 draws forward slowly out of the coaling area after being serviced on 29th June 1957
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45595 'Southern Rhodesia', in immaculate condition, stands outside of Aston shed on 29th July 1962
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K Long
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45595 'Southern Rhodesia', in immaculate condition, stands outside of Aston shed

Ex-Midland Railway 2P 4-4-0 No 40356 passes Aston Shed on a service from New Street on 22nd June 1957
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P Shoesmith
Ex-Midland Railway 2P 4-4-0 No 40356 is seen passing Aston Shed on a service from Birmingham New Street
Ex-LNWR six wheel Full Brake coach, M284609, is seen stabled at Aston shed on 4th July 1957
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J Turner
Ex-LNWR six wheel Full Brake coach, M284609, is seen stabled with other vehicles at Aston shed on 4th July 1957
Ex-LNWR six wheel brake Composite coach, M284678, with central brake area stands at Aston shed on 4th July 1957
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J Turner
Ex-LNWR six wheel brake Composite coach, M284678, with central brake area stands at the shed on 4th July 1957
An ex-Midland Railway six wheel 31ft 0in brake-third, DM27528M, stands with other departmental vehicles at Aston Shed on 4th July 1957
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J Turner
An ex-MR six wheel 31ft 0in brake-third, DM27528M, stands with other vehicles at Aston Shed on 4th July 1957
Fred Gibbs poses from the cab with colleagues wearing a mix of old and new British Railways uniforms
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A Gibbs
Fred Gibbs poses from the cab with colleagues wearing a mix of old and new British Railways uniforms

Ordnance Survey Maps and Schematics of Aston Shed

An 1886 OS map of Aston with lines to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford, New Street and Windsor Street Goods Depot
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National Library of Scotland
An 1886 OS map of Aston station and shed plus the junctions to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford & New Street
A 1902 OS map of Aston with lines to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford, New Street and Windsor Street Goods Depot
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National Library of Scotland
A 1902 OS map of Aston station and shed plus the junctions to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford & New Street
An 1886 OS map of Aston with lines to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford, New Street and Windsor Street Goods Depot
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National Library of Scotland
A 1913 OS map of Aston station and shed plus the junctions to Lichfield, Walsall, Stechford & New Street
Schematic showing the track layout of Aston station and shed with lines to Lichfield, Stechford and New Street
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J Copsey
Schematic showing the track layout of Aston station and shed with lines to Lichfield, Stechford and New Street
Schematic showing the 1930 layout of Aston shed including coal stack, coaling stage and turntable
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Courtesy Irwell Press
Schematic showing the 1930 layout of Aston shed including coal stack, coaling stage and turntable

Schematic showing the lines between Aston and Curzon street with the branch to Windsor Street Goods station
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J Copsey
Schematic showing the lines between Aston and Curzon street with the branch to Windsor Street Goods station

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)

Recording Locomotive Sightings 1943 - 1968

The following information is provided courtesy of Shed Bash UK (http://shedbashuk.blogspot.co.uk/)

A generation of enthusiasts recorded the movements of locomotives around the railway system. These records of visits to locomotive depots have been collected and carefully analysed to provide an overall portrait for the period 1943 to 1968. During that period of steam's final years, there was a marked change from the pre-grouping types that still found work at a few depots, to the modern BR designs that worked until the end in 1968. The handling of freight and passenger services was a major undertaking from town and cities, ports, coal mines and factories. All of it traversed the labyrinth of lines that criss-crossed the country. There were numerous 'sheds' spread throughout the length and breadth of the land that provided and serviced the vast army of steam locomotives (20,000 in 1948). Here is just a taste of that history.

Shed Census, 10th March 1953

Type CME Class Year Introduced Running Numbers
0-6-0 Fairburn Diesel Electric Shunter 1945 12088, 12089, 12090, 12095
2-6-2T Fowler Class 3MT 1930 40051
2-6-4T Stanier Class 4MT 1930 42441, 42470, 42489, 42552, 42616, 42658
2-6-0 Hughes Class 5MT 1926 42782, 42810, 42921
2-6-0 Stanier Class 5MT 1933 42946, 42947, 42948, 42951, 42954, 42957, 42958, 42963, 42966, 42974
0-6-0 Johnson Class 3F 1885 43308
0-6-0 Fowler Class 4F 1924 44120, 41219, 44302, 44350, 44354, 44360, 44517, 44525
4-6-0 Stanier Class 5MT 1934 44844, 44872, 44876, 44897, 45052, 45058, 45065, 45094, 45114, 45322, 45349, 45370, 45397, 45418, 45448
2-6-0 Ivatt Class 2MT 1948 46427, 46492
0-6-0 Fowler 3F 1924 47363
0-8-0 Bowen-Cooke G1 / Class 6F 1912 49089
0-8-0 Bowen-Cooke G2A / Class 7F 1912
Rebuilt 1936
49278
0-6-0 Johnson 2F 1917 58180, 58182, 58295
Total - 52 Steam Locomotives and 4 Diesel Shunters

Aston Station (26) Aston Shed (62) Windsor Street Goods Station (35) Memories of Aston Shed