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Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed

LMS Route: 'The Shakespeare Route'

Stratford on Avon Station (173) Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed (73) SMJ Locomotives (61)

Much of the information and or photographs provided on this and other linked pages has been derived from books written by: Arthur Jordon The Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway published by OPC; JM Dunn's The Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway published by The Oakwood Press; RC Riley and Bill Simpson in their book A History of the Stratford-Upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway published by Lamplight Publications; David Blasgrove in his book 'Warwickshire's Lost Railways' published by Stenlake Publishing which has a brief illustrated overview of some of the stations; and finally Geoffrey Kingscott's Lost Railways of Warwickshire published by Countryside Books which has a section dedicated to the SMJR with 'Now and Then' photographs. We would like to express our thanks to the members of the SMJ Society (www.smj.me) for use of their information and images, in particular the late John Jennings whose contribution can be seen on many of our SMJ pages.

The original East & West Railway Shed

In the distance the original E&WJR station and in the foreground the new turntable of the locomotive shed
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Locomotive Publishing
In the distance the original E&WJR station and in the foreground the new turntable of the locomotive 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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Anon
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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Anon
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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Anon
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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Anon
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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LGRP
Close up showing the original shed building but with the replacement turntable and shed office
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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Anon
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
Photograph of the 1919 SMJ and GWR Joint NUR and ASLEF Strike Committee at Stratford upon Avon
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Anon
Photograph of the 1919 SMJ and GWR Joint NUR and ASLEF Strike Committee at Stratford upon Avon
A number of SMJ drivers and shed personnel pose for the camera outside Stratford on Avon shed
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Real Photographs
A number of SMJ drivers and shed personnel pose for the camera outside Stratford on Avon shed
Close up showing the remains of the station's cattle dock and some of the goods yard buildings
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T Hine
Driver T Hine poses for the camera as he looks out from the footplate of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 43924

The LMS 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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DJ Norton
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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Anon
View of the four road shed showing locomotives inside the shed and the siding alongside the outer wall
Looking eastwards towards the station on the left and the shed on the right on 22nd March 1957
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TE Williams
Looking eastwards towards the station on the left and the shed on the right on 22nd March 1957
Close up showing locomotives on shed and the proximity of Stratfod on Avon shed to the down line platform
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LGRP
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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RM Casserley
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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Anon
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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Anon
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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Anon
Close up showing the new shed's No 3 and No 4 road with No 3077 facing towards the camera on the left
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3521 shunts a 'Loco' coal wagon at Stratford upon Avon shed on 15th May 1942
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VR Webster
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3521 shunts a 'Loco' coal wagon at Stratford upon Avon shed on 15th May 1942

Locomotives seen stabled at the original E&WR shed

E&WJR 0-6-0ST No 1 is seen fresh out of the paint shop and looks resplendent in its 1907 lined chocolate livery
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PW Robinson
E&WJR 0-6-0ST No 1 is seen fresh out of the paint shop and looks resplendent in its 1907 lined chocolate livery
Close of showing E&WJR No 1, a Manning Wardle 0-6-ST, previously owned by contractors Crompton & Sons
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Anon
Close up showing E&WJR No 1, a Manning Wardle 0-6-ST, previously owned by contractors Crompton & Sons
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 2 stands alongside a coal stack thought to be outside Stratford engine shed
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PW Robinson
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 2 stands alongside a coal stack thought to be outside Stratford engine shed
Ex-E&WJR 2-4-0T No 5, in its SMJ livery, standing on the road outside Stratford upon Avon shed
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Locomotive Publishing
Ex-E&WJR 2-4-0T No 5, in its SMJ livery, standing on the road outside Stratford upon Avon shed
E&WJR 2-4-0T No 6 stands outside Stratford upon Avon shed prior to being reboilered in 1907-8
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Locomotive Publishing
E&WJR 2-4-0T No 6 stands outside Stratford upon Avon shed prior to being reboilered in 1907-8

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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RS Carpenter
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7 complete with Beyer Peacock tender is seen stabled fully coaled and watered outside the shed
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 7, a former LNWR 'DX Goods' locomotive, with a tool van in tow outside the shed
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Locomotive Publishing
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 7, a former LNWR 'DX Goods' locomotive, with a tool van in tow outside the shed
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 8, a former LNWR 'DX Goods' locomotive, stands alongside the coal stack at Stratford upon Avon shed
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RC Riley
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 8, a former LNWR 'DX Goods' locomotive, stands next to the coal stack at Stratford upon Avon shed
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, a former London Brighton & South Coast Railway C1 class locomotive
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Real Photographs
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, formerly London Brighton & South Coast Railway C1 class locomotive No 428
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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Real Photos
SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, an ex-LBSCR locomotive purchased by the SMJ in 1920, seen standing outside the shed

Another view of SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, fully coaled and watered, standing outside the original E&WJR shed
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Locomotive Publishing
Another view of SMJ 0-6-0 No 7, fully coaled and watered, standing outside the original E&WJR shed
Ex-LBSCR 0-6-0 C1 stands on one of the roads outside Stratford upon Avon's original shed circa 1921
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S Dunkley
Ex-LBSCR 0-6-0 C1 stands on one of the roads outside Stratford upon Avon's original shed circa 1921
SMJ Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 No 11 is seen standing on the back road behind Stratford on Avon shed
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Real Photos
SMJ Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 No 11 is seen standing on the back road behind Stratford on Avon shed
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 11 looks resplendent when adjacent to coal stack at Stratford upon Avon shed
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PW Robinson
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 11 looks resplendent when adjacent to coal stack at Stratford upon Avon shed
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 12 with 'outside frames' is stabled fully serviced outside Stratford upon Avon shed
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Locomotive Publishing
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 12 with 'outside frames' is stabled fully serviced outside Stratford upon Avon shed

E&WJR 2-4-0 No 13 is seen standing on the original turntable outside Stratford upon Avon shed
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S Dunkley
E&WJR 2-4-0 No 13 is seen standing on the original turntable outside Stratford upon Avon shed
E&WJR 2-4-0 No 13 is seen standing on the original turntable outside Stratford upon Avon shed
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S Dunkley
E&WJR 2-4-0 No 13 is seen standing on the original turntable outside Stratford upon Avon shed
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 15, stands outside the shed carrying Class 2 headlamps in 1922
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S Dunkley
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 15, stands outside the shed carrying Class 2 headlamps in 1922
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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Anon
View of Stratford on Avon shed with SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 and ex-E&WJR Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST No 1
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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WL Good
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

Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 15 is seen taking on water outside Stratford upon Avon's shed on a winters day
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RJ Essery
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 15 is seen taking on water outside Stratford upon Avon's shed on a winters day
Close up showing the remains of the station's cattle dock and some of the goods yard buildings
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RJ Essery
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 16, in E&WJR livery, stands resplendent on Stratford upon Avon shed's turntable prior to 1909
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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WL Good
SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311, formerly SMJ No 16, seen stabled on the roads in front of Stratford on Avon shed
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 17 draws forward from the siding which ran alongside the shed on 16th September 1922
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Real Photographs
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 17 draws forward from the siding which ran alongside the shed on 16th September 1922
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 18 now carrying SMJ livery, stands opposite Stratford upon Avon's goods yard
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Real Photographs
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 18 now carrying SMJ livery, stands opposite Stratford upon Avon's goods yard

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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WL Good
Ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 is seen standing on the repositioned turntable 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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WL Good
Another view of ex-SMJ 0-6-0 No 2311 formerly SMJ No 18 on the turntable at the shed 8th April 1924
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 18, now in SMJ livery, is seen coming off shed ready for its next turn of duty
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Real Photographs
Ex-E&WJR 0-6-0 No 18, now in SMJ livery, is seen coming off shed ready for its next turn of duty
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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WL Good
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
Edge Hill Light Railway 0-6-0T Nos 1 and 2, former A1 'Terrier' LBSCR locomotives standing alongside the shed
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RS Carpenter
Edge Hill Light Railway 0-6-0T Nos 1 and 2, former A1 'Terrier' LBSCR locomotives standing alongside the shed

Ex-MR 0-4-4T No 1427 stands coaled and fully serviced outside the shed ready for the following morning's turn
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WL Good
Ex-MR 0-4-4T No 1427 stands coaled and fully serviced outside the shed ready for the following morning's turn
Ex-MR 0-4-4T No 1418 stands outside the original shed structure after the discontinuation of the Ro Railer service in 1932
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WL Good
Ex-MR 0-4-4T No 1418 stands outside the shed after the discontinuation of the Ro Railer service
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 43822 fully coaled and watered for its next trip stands at Stratford upon Avon shed on 6th April 1952
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RC Riley
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 43822 fully serviced for its next trip stands at Stratford upon Avon shed on 6th April 1952
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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WL Good
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3667 stands on shed prepared for its next set of duties on 12th June 1924
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44434 is proving to be very hard work for driver and fireman turning it by hand on 8th April 1958
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RC Riley
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44434 is proving to be very hard work for driver and fireman turning it by hand

Close up showing the remains of the station's cattle dock and some of the goods yard buildings
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TE Williams
Two ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0s, No 44491 and No 43971, inside the shed as its being demolished on 2nd July 1957
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3521 shunts a 'Loco' coal wagon at Stratford upon Avon shed on 15th May 1942
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VR Webster
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3521 shunts a 'Loco' coal wagon at Stratford upon Avon shed on 15th May 1942
Two former LNWR 0-6-0 'DX Goods' locomotives, E&WJR No 8 on the left and E&WJR No 9 on the right
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RC Riley
Two ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'DX Goods' locomotives, E&WJR No 8 on the left and E&WJR No 9 on the right

Aerial views of Stratford locomotive shed

An aerial view of the westerly approach to Stratford Old Town station, goods yard and shed on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
An aerial view of the westerly approach to Stratford Old Town station, goods yard and shed on 23rd June 1952
An aerial view showing the approach via New Street to Stratford Old Town station, goods yard and shed on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
An aerial view showing the approach via New Street to Stratford Old Town station, goods yard and shed
Close up showing the entrance to the station and a mix of wagons adjacent to the goods shed on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Close up of the entrance to the station and a mix of wagons adjacent to the goods shed on 23rd June 1952
Close up showing an ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 locomotive and an LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotive outside the shed on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Close up of an ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 locomotive and an LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotive outside the shed on 23rd June 1952
Close up showing the outside of the passenger station and the coaling stage outside the shed on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Close up of the outside of the passenger station and the coaling stage outside the shed on 23rd June 1952

Close up showing the eastern end of the station and shed with the WD Store and water tank prominent on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Close up of the eastern end of the station and shed with the WD Store and water tank prominent
Another view of Stratford Old Town's goods shed and yard with the locomotive shed in the foreground
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Britain from Above
Another view of the station's goods shed and yard with the locomotive shed in the foreground
Close up showing the water tank and the ramp which led up to the machine room beneath on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Close up of the water tank and the ramp which led up to the machine room beneath on 23rd June 1952
An aerial view of Stratford Old Town's locomotive shed showing the section of roof without its corrugated sheeting on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Stratford Old Town's shed showing the section of roof without its corrugated sheeting on 23rd June 1952
Another view showing the sidings adjacent to the WD Store and west end of the station on 23rd June 1952
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Britain from Above
Another view of the sidings adjacent to the WD Store and west end of the shed on 23rd June 1952

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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OPC
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 Jordan
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 (173) Stratford on Avon (Old Town) Shed (73) SMJ Locomotives (61)