Kidderminster Shed

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Kidderminster shed
Through services on the Severn Valley Branch were mainly operated from the southern end of the line by locomotives based at Worcester, with its sub-shed Hartlebury, and from the the northern end of the line by locomotives from Shrewsbury shed. Some local and through services on the Severn Valley and Tenbury branches were operated by engines stabled at Kidderminster shed. Locomotives could also be based at other sheds in the area including Stourbridge. In particular the daily Stourbridge – Tenbury Goods would regularly be a Stourbridge (84F) based loco.

Kidderminster Shed under GWRGreat Western Railway

Extract from 1951 OS Map showing Kidderminster shed

Kidderminster was GWRGreat Western Railway shed number 125, code KDR, and was part of the Worcester division. The shed was situated on the south side of the line between Hoo Road Bridge and Worcester Road Bridge (on the left when travelling from Kidderminster towards Bewdley). It was built in 1932 to replace the original smaller GWRGreat Western Railway shed which was situated nearer the station. The extract from Ordnance Survey Map SO87, surveyed 1938 - 1949, published 1951, shows the later location.

A snapshot in 1943 shows the following locomotives allocated to Kidderminster (GWRGreat Western Railway unless stated)[1]:

  • Cleobury Mortimer & Ditton Priors Railway CMDP Class 0-6-0PT Nos 28, 29
  • Dean 2021 Class 0-6-0PT No 2153
  • ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 4575 Class 2-6-2T Nos 4586, 4596
  • CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 Class 0-6-0PT No 4625, 8718, 8727
  • CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5101 Class 2-6-2T Nos 5110, 5112
  • ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 4575 Class 2-6-2T Nos 5518, 5538, 5573
  • CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 8100 Class 2-6-2T No 8101
  • LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway J25 Class 0-6-0 Nos 2134, 2142, 2051, 1994

Kidderminster Shed under BRBritish Rail or British Railways

Post-War, Kidderminster had 3 different shed numbers under BRBritish Rail or British Railways. Following nationalisation, Kidderminster initially became BRBritish Rail or British Railways shed code 85D on 1 February 1950, as part of the group under 85 Worcester. On 10 September 1960 it became Shed 84G under 84 Wolverhampton. Finally, in 1963 responsibility for the area was transferred from the Western Region to the London Midland Region, and on 1 September 1963 it became shed 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. under 2 Rugby.

The total number of engines allocated to Kidderminster Shed post-War, albeit not all at one time, were[2]:

Company Designer Locomotive class Wheel arrangement Number allocated
GWRGreat Western Railway ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 4300 Class 2-6-0 22
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 Class 0-6-0PT 18
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5101 Class 2-6-2T 13
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 4575 Class 2-6-2T 5
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5600 Class 0-6-2T 3
GWRGreat Western Railway Dean 2021 Class 0-6-0PT 3
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 1400 Class 0-4-2T 2
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 2251 Class 0-6-0 2*
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 6100 Class 2-6-2T 2
GWRGreat Western Railway ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 4500 Class 2-6-2T 1
GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 'Grange' 6800 Class 4-6-0 1
GWRGreat Western Railway Dean 'Bulldog' 3300 Class 4-4-0 1
GWRGreat Western Railway HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1
LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 3PThe 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. 2-6-2T 1
BRBritish Rail or British Railways RiddlesRobert Arthur "Robin" Riddles, Member of the Railway Executive for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering responsible for the design of the British Rail Standard Class locomotives Standard Class 3 Tank 2-6-2T 3
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Diesel Class 08 0-6-0 1


Kidderminster shed closed on 10 August 1964, with the last 8 engines being transferred to nearby Stourbridge shed (84F) 2 days earlier. The last 8 engines at Kidderminster were:

  • CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 Class 0-6-0PT Nos 3601, 3607, 3619, 8718
  • CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5101 Class 2-6-2T Nos 4147, 4153, 4173, 4175

The area formerly occupied by Kidderminster Shed is now a housing estate.

Historic maps of Kidderminster Shed

  • Original GWRGreat Western Railway map showing the engine shed and associated sidings as a later amendment.
  • 1927 map showing the fence line extended and a single siding in the area where the shed was to be built.
  • 1938 map showing the engine shed and a further siding extending in to gravel pits to the south.

See also

Hoo Road Bridge
Shed and Depot Codes

References

  1. The Tenbury & Bewdley Railway, Keith Beddoes and William H Smith (1995)
  2. Kidderminster on BRDatabase.info

Further reading