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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Tyseley Shed: gwrt2972


Extract from Great Western Railway, Birmingham Division, Appendix to the Service Time Table dated March 1921 and until further notice:

Instructions for Working the Carriage Shed and Sidings

The following instructions must be strictly adhered to, in connection with movement of Engines and Passenger Stock to and from the Lines and the Engine Depot at Tyseley.

  1. A Box known as Tyseley Loco Box, and Signals worked therefrom has been provided. Telephone communication is provided between Tyseley Loco Box and Small Heath South Box.
  2. The connections with the Goods Line at the South End of the Yard are controlled from Tyseley South Signal Box, and the connections (marked ‘A’ on sketch) between the Carriage Sidings and the Locomotive Yard at the North end and the fixed Signals applicable to them are controlled from Tyseley Loco Box.
  3. The Sidings are numbered from 1 to 12 as shown on the diagram, and no Train or Engine must be turned into the Carriage Sidings from the South end without permission from the Shunter on duty, who will be responsible for seeing that everything is clear, and that nothing is allowed to foul the incoming Engine or Train.
  4. The Lines marked Up Loop and Down Loop may be used for Engines or Trains running in the proper direction, but every Engineman must be prepared to stop short of any obstruction, and must stop DEAD at the Signal controlling the exit from Line on which he is running.
  5. The Points marked ‘B’ must be clipped and padlocked for the Loop Lines, and must only be used in case of emergency. The keys are to be kept in Tyseley Loco Box, and when it is necessary to use these Points, a Flagman must be stationed on the ground to protect the operations.
  6. Trains of Empty Stock must be disposed of quickly at the North end to clear the Main Line s and for this purpose the Hand Points must always be set for No 6 Siding unless a Shunter is present to deal with the Trains, when the Engineman will act under the Shunter’s instructions.

    When no Shunter is at North end of the Carriage Sidings, Trains must draw into No 6 Siding, and the Engineman must stop clear of the connections at the South end, and be dealt with by the Shunter. No 6 Siding must always be kept clear for this purpose, and nothing must be put into it from the South end.
  7. Shunting operations must be performed as far as possible at the South end where a Shunting Spur is available. When formed, Trains for the direction of Birmingham are to be placed in the Sidings in proper order, so Engines from the Loco Yard can back on coaches from the North end and leave from there as required.
  8. Trains from the Sidings at North end have to cross the Incoming Road of Light Engines and Trains, and Trainmen must be especially on the alert when entering or leaving the Yard.
  9. Whenever vehicles are required to be placed on any of the Traffic Department Lines at Tyseley Carriage Shed or are required to be put into either of the Locomotive Department roads, such vehicles must never be gravitated to the respective lines, but must always be placed where required by means of an engine.

Instructions for dealing in Carriage Sidings with Down Goods Trains booked to terminate at Bordesley Junction

To avoid congestion of Down Goods Trains terminating at Bordesley Junction, and to relieve the Occupation of the Down Goods Line. Incoming terminating Goods Trains may be dealt with at Tyseley Carriage Sidings, such Trains being accepted on Roads Nos 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 inclusive.

  1. Whenever a Down Main Line Goods Train is required to run to either of these Lines, the Control must advise Tyseley South Box and the Shunter in charge of the work in Tyseley Yard, and the latter must advise the South Box Signalman when a road is ready for it.

    In the case of Trains from the North Warwickshire Line, the Shunter at Stratford-on-Avon must advise the Control the departure time and loading of all Up Goods Trains, and the Signalman at Earlswood Lakes must advise the Control the passing time of all Up Goods Trains, and the Control must similarly make arrangements for Terminating Trains to run into the Carriage Sidings.
  2. No Train or Engine must be turned into the Carriage Sidings from the South end without permission from the Shunter on duty, who will be responsible for seeing that everything is clear and that nothing is allowed to foul the Incoming train.
  3. Enginemen of Down Train requiring to run to the Carriage Sidings must note that the entrance to the Carriage Sidings is on a falling gradient, so that they may have their Trains under the necessary control to stop at the proper place in the Sidings.
  4. As soon as the Train has come to a stand, the Train Enginge can be immediately released and sent to the Loco Shed, and the Guard can at once leave this Train and proceed to Small Heath to book off in the normal way, or report himself to the Relief Controller.
  5. A Pilot Engine will be employed to take such Trains from the Carriage Sidings to Bordesley Junction Yard, and the Shunter in charge will keep in close touch with the Bordesley Junction Yard Shunters and the Signalman at Small Heath South Box, in order that no time may be lost in running them to Bordesley Junction Yard. The Shunter must ride in the Van of the Train from the Carriage Sidings until it arrives at the Loop Line, where he must leave the Train and return to the Sidings, providing another Train is standing in the Loop Line from Tyseley behind it, or the Relief Guard is present.

    On arrival in Bordesley Junction Yard the Pilot Engine must be immediately returned to Tyseley Carriage Sidings.
  6. During the interval between the arrival of such Trains at the Carriage Sidings and their acceptance at Bordesley Junction Yard, the Pilot Engine must be used for Marshalling work as may be required, and Through Trains must be formed whenever possible, and arrangements made for Specials at suitable times.
  7. Wagons for Tyseley Carriage Sidings formed near to the engine on Down Goods Trains working over the Down Goods Line should be detached at Small Heath South when there is a Shunter in attendance to conduct the operations. The Shunter must have a clear understanding with the Signalman at the Loco Box and see the Crossover set for the Sidings before advising the Signalman at Small Heath South Box to turn the Loop Line Points for the vehicles to be shunted into the Sidings.
  8. Guards of Down Trains running into Tyseley Loop having Scotch, North Eastern or Market Drayton traffic formed near the engine should advise the Guard stationed on the Loop of this, and the latter must inform the Shunter at Tyseley Carriage Sidings so that the wagons may be dealt with under the above arrangement.

    Working into and out of Locomotive Yard

  9. The Locomotive Yard is connected with the Carriage Roads as shown in Diagram. All incoming Engines must run over the Carriage Lines and be prepared to stop short of any obstruction. They must stop at the Loco Box and whistle for No 1 or No 2 Coal Stage Road, according to the side of Coal Stage it is necessary for them to run to. All incoming Engines must enter the Locomotive Yard by one of the Coal Stage Roads, and the normal position of Hand Points will be for these Lines.
  10. All Engines leaving the Locomotive Yard will do so by one of the Outside Roads, and every Engine must come to a stand at the ‘Stopboard’ and clear of Incoming Roads, and wait there until the fixed Signal is lowered for it to draw on to Carriage Lines.
  11. Unless coupled together, two or more Engines must never pass the Stopboard until the fixed Signal has been put to ‘Danger’ and again lowered.
  12. When an Engine for the Engine Shed is approaching Small Heath South, the Signalman there must send 2 beats on the Telephone Bell to the Loco Box.

    When a Train for the Carriage Sidings is approaching Small Heath South, the Signalman there must send 3 beats on the Telephone Bell to the Loco Box.

    Each of these Signals must be repeated to show that they have been understood.

    These Codes must also be used when an Engine or Train is ready to leave the Loco Box for the Main Lines.

Robert Ferris