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Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed

LMS Route: 'The Shakespeare Route'

Stratford on Avon Station (63) Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed (36) SMJ Locomotives (44)

The original East & West Railway Shed

View of Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 and ex-E&WJR Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST No 1
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View of Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 and ex-E&WJR Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST No 1
Close up showing SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 standing on No 1 road at Stratford on Avon locomotive shed
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Close up showing SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 standing on No 1 road at Stratford on Avon locomotive shed
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3695 stands alongside fellow classmate inside the shed during reconstruction
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Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3695 stands alongside fellow classmate inside the shed during reconstruction
Close up showing ex-MR 0-6-0 No 3695 standing over one of the inspection pits inside the shed
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Close up showing ex-MR 0-6-0 No 3695 standing over one of the inspection pits inside the shed
Close up showing the original shed building but with the replacement turntable and shed office
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Close up showing the original shed building but with the replacement turntable and shed office

Close of showing E&WJR No 1, a Manning Wardle 0-6-ST, previously owned by contractors Crompton & Sons
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Close of showing E&WJR No 1, a Manning Wardle 0-6-ST, previously owned by contractors Crompton & Sons
An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
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An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
A number of SMJ drivers and shed personnel pose for the camera outside Stratford on Avon shed
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A number of SMJ drivers and shed personnel pose for the camera outside Stratford on Avon shed
View of ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311, formerly SMJ No 18, standing on No 4 road outside the shed on 8th April 1924
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View of ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311, formerly SMJ No 18, standing on No 4 road outside the shed on 8th April 1924
Another view of ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 on the turntable at the shed 8th April 1924
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Another view of ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 on the turntable at the shed 8th April 1924

Photograph of the 1919 SMJ and GWR Joint NUR and ASLEF Strike Committee at Stratford upon Avon
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Photograph of the 1919 SMJ and GWR Joint NUR and ASLEF Strike Committee at Stratford upon Avon

The replacement London Midland Scottish Railway shed

Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44587 is standing inside the shed in company with other classmates on 21st May 1956
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Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44587 is standing inside the shed in company with other classmates on 21st May 1956
Close up showing the new Stratford on Avon shed and yard layout which replaced the ramshackled E&WJR structure
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the new Stratford on Avon shed and yard layout which replaced the ramshackled E&WJR structure
View of the four road shed showing locomotives inside the shed and the siding alongside the outer wall
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View of the four road shed showing locomotives inside the shed and the siding alongside the outer wall
Close up showing locomotives on shed and the proximity of Stratfod on Avon shed to the down line platform
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Close up showing locomotives on shed and the proximity of Stratfod on Avon shed to the down line platform
Close up of the new Stratford on Avon shed and approach roads and their proximity to the station's up platform
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Close up of the new Stratford on Avon shed and approach roads and their proximity to the station's up platform

Another view of the new Stratford on Avon shed with ex-MR locos outside including No 3322  and No 3077
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Another view of the new Stratford on Avon shed with ex-MR locos outside including No 3322 and No 3077
Close up showing two unknown locos on No 1 and No 2 roads inside Stratford on Avon's new shed
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Close up showing two unknown locos on No 1 and No 2 roads inside Stratford on Avon's new shed
Close up showing the new shed's No 3 and No 4 road with No 3077 facing towards the camera on the left
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Close up showing the new shed's No 3 and No 4 road with No 3077 facing towards the camera on the left

Locomotives seen stabled at the original E&WR shed

SMJ Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 No 11 is seen standing on the back road behind Stratford on Avon shed
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SMJ Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 No 11 is seen standing on the back road behind Stratford on Avon shed
Edge Hill Light Railway 0-6-0T Nos 1 and 2, former A1 'Terrier' LBSCR locomotives standing alongside the shed
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Edge Hill Light Railway 0-6-0T Nos 1 and 2, former A1 'Terrier' LBSCR locomotives standing alongside the shed
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7 complete with Beyer Peacock tender is seen stabled fully coaled and watered outside the shed
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 7 complete with Beyer Peacock tender is seen stabled fully coaled and watered outside the shed
View of the front of SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 as it stands on one of the roads outside the shed on 11th April 1924
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View of the front of SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 as it stands on one of the roads outside the shed on 11th April 1924
SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 stands outside the shed after working forward the US Ambassador's special from Woodford Halse
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 stands outside the shed after working forward the US Ambassador's special from Woodford Halse

Ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 is seen standing on the repositioned turntable on 8th April 1924
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Ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 is seen standing on the repositioned turntable on 8th April 1924
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3667 stands on shed prepared for its next set of duties on 12th June 1924
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Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3667 stands on shed prepared for its next set of duties on 12th June 1924
SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311, formerly SMJ No 16, seen stabled on the roads in front of Stratford on Avon shed
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311, formerly SMJ No 16, seen stabled on the roads in front of Stratford on Avon shed
SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 stands outside Stratford on Avon shed with the driver posed for the camera
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 stands outside Stratford on Avon shed with the driver posed for the camera
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, an ex-LBSCR  locomotive purchased by the SMJ in 1920, seen standing outside the shed
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, an ex-LBSCR locomotive purchased by the SMJ in 1920, seen standing outside the shed

SMJ 0-6-0 No 17 stands on the road alongside the shed after being coaled ready for its next turn of work
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SMJ 0-6-0 No 17 stands on the road alongside the shed after being coaled ready for its next turn of work

Ordnance Survey Maps and Diagrams of the SMJ shed in LMS days

An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
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Ordnance Survey
A 1938 OS map showing the SMJ station on the right and the line to Broom crossing the GWR line to Honeybourne
An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
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Ordnance Survey
Close up of the 1938 OS map showing the shed, station and the lines to Broom and the GWR network
An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
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Ordnance Survey
Close up of the 1938 OS map showing the shed, station and the lines to Broom and the GWR network
An interior view of the SMJ's Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 10 seen on the left prior to grouping in 1923
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OPC
A post 1942 schematic diagram of the SMJ station and shed and the various sidings and facilities
Close up showing the water tank on the left, the turntable in the middle and the coal drop on the right
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Close up showing the water tank on the left, the turntable in the middle and the coal drop on the right

A schematic map showing the SMJ station, shed, goods yard and sidings from 1910 to 1942
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A schematic map showing the SMJ station, shed, goods yard and sidings from 1910 to 1942

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.

Plan showing the location of the shed and turntable in relationship to the goods yard and the line between Coventry and Leamington
Stratford on Avon Station (63) Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed (36) SMJ Locomotives (44)