Shed and Depot Codes

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GWRGreat Western Railway Shed Codes

The Severn Valley and Tenbury branches were mainly served by the following sheds[1]:

Shed GWRGreat Western Railway Division GWRGreat Western Railway Shed No Code Notes
Shrewsbury Wolverhampton Division 134 SALOP / SLP
Ludlow Sub-shed of Shrewsbury 84 SALOP / SLP Served the Tenbury Branch.[2] Two Tenbury-based daily Kidderminster-Woofferton passenger services were replaced by Diesel railcar services in 1941.[3]
Worcester Worcester Division 215 WOS Diesel railcars in the Kidderminster area were based at Worcester from introduction in 1941, other local sheds having no servicing facilities.[4]
Leominster Sub-shed of Hereford[5] 155 HFD Served the Tenbury Branch.[2] Allocation at 31/12/1947: 0-6-0PT 2714, 0-4-2T 1455,1460,5807,5817.
Kidderminster Worcester Division 125 KDR
Stourbridge Wolverhampton Division 154 STB

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Shed Codes

Shortly after nationalisation, the newly formed British Railways devised a system of identifying all locomotive depots by a unique code. Each Region was grouped into numbered districts, with the London Midland districts being numbered 1-28 and the Western Region districts 81-89. Within each district, the main shed was identified by the district number followed by the letter A, with subsidiary sheds B, C and D etc. Many of the sheds had sub-sheds (which carried the same shed code) where day-to-day servicing could be carried out.

The Severn Valley branch formed part of the Western Region from nationalisation until January 1963 when it was transferred into the London Midland Region. Shrewsbury, Kidderminster and Stourbridge sheds were transferred into the London Midland region in September 1963, although Worcester shed remained in the Western Region. Before that time, a reorganisation in 1960 had led to a number of sheds changing district, with Shrewsbury becoming a district in its own right.

Shed Number Dates Region Division Comments
Worcester 85A 1 Feb 1950 to 5 May 1973 Western Worcester 85A Closed to steam locomotives December 1965
Shrewsbury 84G
1 Feb 1950 to 9 Sep 1960
10 Sep 1960 to 31 Aug 1963
1 Sep 1963 to 13 Jul 1971
London Midland
Wolverhampton 84A
Shrewsbury 89A
Chester 6A
Sub-shed Ludlow closed 1951
Kidderminster 85D
2PThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.
1 Feb 1950 to 9 Sep 1960
10 Sep 1960 to 31 Aug 1963
1 Sep 1963 to 31 July 1964
London Midland
Worcester 85A
Wolverhampton Stafford Rd 84A
Tyseley 2A
Sub-shed Cleobury Mortimer closed in 1960[6]
Stourbridge 84F
1 Feb 1950 to 31 Aug 1963
1 Sep 1963 to 11 Jul 1966
London Midland
Wolverhampton Stafford Rd 84A
Tyseley 2A

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Carriage & Wagon Repair Depot Codes


  • 2631 From late 1960s[7]

BRBritish Rail or British Railways train maintenance depots

Kidderminster (Severn Valley Railway)

  • KR From 1973[8]

TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. Location Codes

See also

Kidderminster Shed
TOPS codes


  1. Great Western & Western Region Locomotive Depots on
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beddoes & Smith (1995) p. 56.
  3. Turley (2005) p. 39.
  4. Turley (2005) p. 41.
  5. Lyons (1974) p. 176.
  6. BR Shed Codes Codes on Wikipedia
  7. BR four digit Pre-TOPS depot codes on
  8. BR two character TOPS Codes on
  9. Location Codes on