LINESIDE OBSERVATIONS AND SHED LISTS
This purpose of this section of the web site is to provide a place for MIAC members and others to share their observations of locos seen in Worcestershire.
To start off this section, Mick Rock has provided us with many lists of locos seen in Worcestershire during the last years of steam on BR.
Here is an interesting note from Tony Hoskins
Adrian Booth has provided this note:
"I am currently reading a book entitled "Shed Bashing with the Beatles" in which author Phil Mathison recounts stories of his train spotting trips in his teenage years. One such outing was on 14th November 1964 when Phil reports seeing over thirty locomotives on Worcester Shed, including: 5000, 5979-83, 6861-77-78, 6934-95, 7005, 7906-20-28, 44777 and 44919. Phil then did Worcester Works which held just seven locos, namely: 2291, 4619, 6169, 6856, 7011, 8104 and 48309."
Andrew Smith adds that No.5000 "Launceston Castle" and No.7005 "Sir Edward Elgar" were both withdrawn and would shortly be sent to the scrap yards (a photograph taken earlier in November showing both of these locomotives on Worcester's 'dead line' appears in Vanishing Points by Michael Dowty), whilst No.7011 "Banbury Castle" which had been a Worcester engine earlier in 1964, had been transferred to Wolverhampton's Oxley depot and was not withdrawn until the following year.
GERALD R. WADLEY Notebooks and 'The Railway Times'
Gerald Wadley was one of the founder members of the Worcester Locomotive Society and as Secretary he went on many of the early trips organised by the W.L.S. Gerald kept detailed notes of his sightings on these trips and they make fascinating reading in this age when few locomotives linger for long on motive power depots.
However his writing is not easy to read so it will be some time before we can provide more than these couple of shed visits to Worcester.
WORCESTER LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY