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As with the other topics around Banbury, the pictures are shown chronologically and new additions are placed accordingly. The sequence begins in GWR days and will run through to the diesel era and closure as new pictures are added.

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In 1933, C.F.H. Oldham took three pictures of GWR 4-4-0s on shed at Banbury and this one shows "Bulldog" No 3399 Ottawa having arrived from the north and running into the depot. A William Dean loco going back to 1904, was this the most elegant 4-4-0 ever designed? 16.11.1933 (but may actually be 19.11.33). Photo: C.F.H. Oldham.

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"Bulldog" No 3395 Tasmania stands in the shade on the east side of the running shed. 19.11.1933. Photo: C.F.H. Oldham.

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A low sun reflects off "Duke" No 3276. Originally No 3287 St.Agnes it was rebuilt with a Belpaire firebox but was denamed in 1930. It is believed to have been allocated to Leamington Spa around the same time. 19.11.1933. Photo: C.F.H. Oldham.

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Banbury shed 1935

Banbury loco shed in 1935, probably a Sunday judging by the large number of locos to be seen. The line on the left is most interesting and a close-up follows. Photo: LGRP.

Banbury shed

An enlargement of the line-up in the 1935 general view shows, from left to right: Dean goods No 2383; an unnamed "Bulldog"; a GC-design ROD 2-8-0; and possibly a 43xxx 2-6-0. Photo: LGRP.

4830 at Banbury

On a dank day in 1937, Collett 0-4-2T No 4830 stands by the shed. My apologies for the quality of this picture but the print is dark and dirty and a fix via Photoshop can't make the sun shine! Photo: H.C.Casserley.


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A map of the shed showing extra sidings alongside the running shed and WWII addition of ash pit shelters to hide glowing embers from Luftwaffe night attacks. A re-working of the map in E.Lyon's OPC book about GWR Loco Sheds with some extra detail.

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Banbury 2826

A rather apt post-WWII scene on 20th April 1949 sees a grimy 2826 and a slightly cleaner 14xx in GWR livery but, alas, unreadable number. Photo: Coltas Trust.

Ban 3016

In this picture from 1949, ex-GCR designed ROD 2-8-0 No 3016 with GWR-style safery valves and cast number plate on the cab side is in fine condition after being out-shopped. The only indication of BR ownership is the newly-attached number on the smokebox door. The tender is blank with neither text "BRITISH RAILWAYS" nor BR crest, and at the front end on the side of the running plate, the shed allocation is painted in GWR-style. See detail view below. Photo: Mick Green collection.

Ban 3016 det

A closer view of the above ex-ROD No.3016 showing the BR-style number-plate on the smokebox door and GWR-style shed code for Oxley painted on the side of the running plate. It is believed that the cast shed plates didn't star being used by ex-GWR sheds until 1950 when Banbury became 84C. Photo: Mick Green Collection.

84C shed plate

BR introduced cast iron shed plates based on LMS practice and Banbury became 84C. This example is in ex-loco condition. They didn't start appearing on ex-GWR locos until 1950. Mick Green collection.

Banbury shed

In this view from 1950, 6858 Cleeve Grange is at the north end of the shed. The loco appears to be in GWR condition without a smokebox number plate but a dust-covered shed plate. The tender, is too dirty to make anything out.

Banbury gasworks is in the background with, partly visible behind the tender, the original 19th century gasholder and the vastly larger, new one built in 1932. Photo: Real Photographs, Mick Green collection.

Banbury shed

Another view from 1950 shows "Dukedog" No 9008 moving forward by the shed. Both number and shed plates are being carried. Photo: Real Photographs. Mick Green collection.

3251

Collett's 2251 class was rarely seen at Banbury and this picture from 1950-52 shows what is believed to have been the last one allocated here, presumably taking over from Dean Goods for goods traffic over lines like the route through Chipping Norton and Hook Norton. No 3251 is outside the repair shop. Photo: Steve Banks collection.

Banbury shed

A visitor from Taunton (83B), "Modified Hall" Benthall Hall was probably photographed against the sun because of its rarity in north Oxfordshire. It's on the east side of the coaling stage and water tower.29th August 1954. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

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New addition - It's late November in 1954 and a Banbury 28xx, No 2867, is on one of the roads south of the turntable. 24.11.54. Photo F.A. Blencowe.

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Banbury's No 6879 Overton Grange basks in the afternoon sun in the mid-1950s. Note the clean-looking tender in the background with GWR lettering. Photo: Author's collection.

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Banbury shed

Some of the shed roads between the buildings were hard to photograph on an evening, especially in winter, and this was 30th January 1955, a Sunday. Four Pannier tanks can be seen with No 3694 on the right. 2-8-0 No 2894 stands just right of centre. The corrugated iron repair shop stands high over the scene. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

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A marvellous capture from 28th August 1955 of changing times that spanned half a century of loco design. Starting with the oldest, on the right stands "Dukedog" No 9010, whose presence at Banbury cannot be explained for it was allocated to Oswestry at the time.

To the left is Pannier tank No 3751 which was at Stourbridge Jc from 1951 and transferred to Didcot w/e 10.9.55. It looks as if Banbury may have kept it for a while during its reallocation.

Banbury's diesel shunters were photographed rarely, which is disappointing given that five brand-new ones were sent here between February-March 1955, Nos 13106-13110 (later D3106-D3110). When seen here this shunter would only have been a few months old. After Banbury shed closed, it was moved to Tyseley and several other sheds before withdrawal in 1980. Phtoto: F.A.Blencowe, F234/20.

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Banbury loco depot 4942

A sunny day on 9th October 1955 finds two Halls next to each other at Banbury with one of the original ones, No 4942 Maindy Hall, leading. The row of water columns shows well. This is the Hall that was rescued from Barry and is currently undergoing conversion into a Saint at Didcot. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

Banbury shed

Light Pannier tank No 5407 simmers in the afternoon sun outside the running shed. 1955. Most were auto-fitted for the push & pull service to Princes Risborough. Photo: M.Green collection.

7903

"Modified Hall" 7903 Foremarke Hall (81A) takes coal on the eastern side of the stage. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

Banbury shed

The partially stripped ash shelter on the west side sees 28xx No 2866 (86E) from Severn Tunnel Junction. 21st October, 1956. It is believed that the roof and one side of the shelter was taken down because it was acting like a wind tunnel with ash flying in the air, a nuisance. Photo: R.K. Blencowe collection.

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In a scene from 1957, with one of the shelters over the ash pits still in place, minus its roof, the walls serving as a wind-break, Banbury's 2-6-0 No 6331 is in fairly clean condition and dropping its fire. 4th April 1957. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

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Sunday 4th August 1957 finds light Pannier tank No.5404 in black livery just outside the running shed. Note the elaborately prepared pile of coal in the bunker! Photo: F.A.Blencowe, F319-4.

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By 1958 there were only three of the original series 43xx 2-6-0s left, 4358, 4375, and 4377 seen here on one of the turntable roads at the south end of the depot. Photographed against an afternoon sun, it's a pleasing portrait with the most enormous pile of coal in the tender I have ever seen, with large lumps piled up like a mountain cairn! An 89C (Machynlleth) shed plate was being carried. 20th April 1958. Photo: Author's collection.

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Banbury loco shed 4924

Another original Hall, No 4924 Eydon Hall, catches the sun at Banbury on 27th December 1958. The actual hall was half a dozen miles away by the Banbury Branch to Woodford Halse. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

Banbury shed

Two WD 2-8-0s by the repair shop. 90429 (56A Wakefield) is to the left minus its tender, while recently shopped 90313 (84C) is to the right with its chimney sheeted over. 27th March 1959. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

Ban 2851

Ex-works ex-GWR 2-8-0 No 2851 stands in the shed yard on 21st April 1959 with what appears to be an 84C shedplate. The caption on the back states "and shed foreman". Photo: SV Blencowe Collection

Ban fmn

John Batts, however, recognises the man as Shed Master George Holland. :)

Banbury shed

A pleasing view of Pannier tank No 5424, formerly of 88J Aberdare, on 15th August 1959 at the south end of Banbury shed where three sidings radiated from the turntable. Photo: S.V. Blencowe collection.

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A grey early-autumnal Saturday with smoke drifting across the shed yard finds two of Banbury's locos in front of the running shed. The 2-8-0, No 2816, is awfully dirty and No 6839 Hewell Grange is not much better. 19th September 1959. Photo: R.K.Blencowe collection.

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Seen running light at Banbury South on 14th May 1960, light Pannier No 5420 is still carrying the early BR livery and is so plastered in dirt that somebody had wiped "WELLS FARGO" (probably after a Wild West TV series from the time) on the side. The only counter seem to have been to clean up part of the cab and round the BR totem; of the text, the only attempt to fix the insult was to smear the first word. Photo: F.A.Blencowe. F1351B

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One of two pictures showing light Pannier tank No 5417 out of use in the sidings south of the turntable. The date is given as "1958" but this is suspect: it was more likely to have been in late spring of 1960. Formerly at Gloucester, the loco had spent just over three months at Neasden before transfer to Banbury, which was recorded as w/e 27.2.60. At first, it was in sparkling external condition and was used with auto coach Wren but by late spring it had been put in store, as seen here. Withdrawal came in January 1961. Photo: B.K.B. Green.

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A better view of 5417 taken in spring 1960. The lined green livery shows quite well. Photo: B.K.B. Green.

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New addition - A visitor from Swindon (82C). No 5000 Launceston Castle with flat-sided tender, is being turned the hard way, by lever handle and much effort! 8th April 1961. Photo F.A. Blencowe.

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A midday sun shines on on Old Oak Common "Hall", recently shopped No 5923 Colston Hall. One of Banbury's residents, also quite clean, stands behind, No 6952 Kimberley Hall. Sunday, 16th April 1961. Photo: R.K. Blencowe collection.

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Banbury shed

28xx 2-8-0 No 2859 (86G, Pontypool Road) projects out of the repair shop with its coupling rods down. 13th August 1961. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

Babury 6911

One of Banbury's "Halls", No 6911 Holker Hall rests in the shade on the north side of the running shed on Sunday, 8th October 1961. Photo: R.K. Blencowe collection.

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A second view from the same day shows another Banbury "Hall", paired with the later tender, No 4964 Rodwell Hall. It's still carrying express lights. Thursday, 10th August 961. Photo: R.K. Blencowe collection.

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Banbury shed

First of the class, Riddles 9F No 92000 stands on one of the sidings beside the running shed and the repair shop, under repair with the coupling rods down. 4th November 1961. Photo: M.Green collection.

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New addition - A "Hall" from Old Oak Common, No 6978 Haroldstone Hall waits with a full tender by the coaling stage. 27th January 1962. Photo F.A. Blencowe.

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Banbury shed

Formerly at Old Oak Common and in the last few month of its life, 1505 stands by the ash pits at Banbury on Wednesday, 25th April 1962. Photo: S.V. Blencowe collection.

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One of Tyseley's 2-8-0s, No 3839, is at the throat of the lines into the shed. The breakdown train is behind and, in the distance, the repair shed and a cluster of parked locos.

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Banbury 7806

9th August 1962 finds 7806 Cockington Manor and an unidentified "Hall" at the north end of the depot. It's impossible to tell if they are stationary or on the move, although I suspect the latter as the original print is sloping quite a bit, like a rushed shot. Photo: S.V. Blencowe collection.

2882 Ban TT

The sun catches the crew turning 2882 (83B Taunton) manually. Whole area of the print is shown, date not known. T.E.Titley.

Ban 6136

The evening sun is not kind to the unkempt condition of Didcot's "Prairie" tank No 6136. Part of the coach from the breakdown train can be seen. 5th September, 1962.

2822 on turntable

Snow lies on the ground as another of Taunton's 2-8-0s, No 2822, is turned on 16th February 1962. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

Banbury shed

Churchward 2-8-0 No 4701 of Old Oak Common is turned at the south end of Banbury shed. 13th April, 1963. With thanks to Chris Long for spotting my blooper re the wheel arrangement! Photo: S.V. Blencowe collection.

Banbury shed

Early spring 1963 finds Banbury Prairie tank No 4105 by the coaling stage. Photo: D. Battersby.

Banbury shed

Another picture from spring 1963 shows an unidentified "Hall" and Stanier "Mogul" No 42976 (Nuneaton), scrapped later that year. Photo: D. Battersby.

Banbury 45660

One of two pictures taken on 6th April 1963, ex-LMS "Jubilee" No 45660 Rooke stands at the north end of the depot. No shed plate is being carried but the loco is believed to have been allocated to Shrewsbury at the time. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

Banbury 92214

Also seen on 6th April 1963 at the north end of the shed, Riddles 9F No 92214, a Tyseley loco. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

Banbury 7822

A pleasing view from April 1963 shows 7822 Foxcote Manor on the ashpits. The records show that in October 1963 this was an Oswestry loco but the shed plate on the picture cannot be made out. Since preserved. Photo: Mick Green collection.

Banbury shed south

Almost surrounded by bushes at the south end of the shed on the three sidings beyond the turntable, stand two Banbury locos: 2-8-2T No 7218 and Collett 0-6-0 No 2289. This was the natural end of the site for the River Cherwell loops round behind the bushes. 13th July 1963. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

Banbury 3835

A high sun falls on 3835, an 86E Severn Tunnel Junction 2-8-0. 21st July 1963. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

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Many pictures with a background of open fields get captioned as "Banbury" (including at least three Photomatics), and this one doesn't quite ring true to my eye. Any thoughts, anybody? The "Britannia" is No 70036 Boadicea which was an Immingham loco when the picture was taken on 10th August 1963. Phtoto: F.A.Blencowe.

Bob Humphris to the rescue! He saw it himself, the loco having arrived on a Grimsby fish train, and the leading bogie failed, hence the sorry state seen above.

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Double chimney "Castle" No 7035 Ogmore Castle (81A) between the coaling stage and the turntable. 10th August 1963. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

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Banbury had several "Prairie" tanks but they were not captured on film very often. Here is 4154 on Wednesday, 21st August 1963. Drifting steam has almost concealed one of the diesel shunters at work in the goods yard by the station. On the right, a 9F is taking water at the outermost water column. Photo: Coltas Trust.

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2D shed plate

In September 1963 Banbury became part of the LMR and the shed was recoded 2D. Mick Green collection.

Banbury shed 1964

General view of the shed in 1964. Two 9Fs stannd on the left with a Black 5 in the middle, and 7029 Clun Castle. Barely visible just inside the shed is an unidentified Peppercorn A1. Photo: RK Blencowe Negative Archive.

Banbury shed

Another scene from 1964, possibly a Sunday with many locos on shed. Identifiable from left to right are: 2-8-0 No 3845 (Banbury), 6923 Croxteth Hall (Oxford), and 7912 Little Linford Hall (Banbury). Photo: T. Longstaffe.

Ban 3828

A fine summer sun on Friday, 18th June 1964 falls on Banbury's No 3828. Behind it is a glimpse of one of Banbury's 72xx 2-8-2 heavy tanks, No 7207. Photo F.A.Blencowe.

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New addition - "West Country" Pacific No 34105 Swanage eases off the turntable on Saturday 12th September 1964. The body and tender sides are refreshingly clean, but no smokebox shed plate is being carried. The loco had been allocated to Bournemouth for some time and had recently been transferred to Eastleigh. It was photographed later the same day at Basingstoke on what may have been the return working of the Newcastle-Bournemouth cross-country express. Photo F.A. Blencowe.

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Banbury 73025

It's 23rd January 1965 as 73025 (6D Shrewsbury) is captured at the south end of the depot on the line leading to the turntable. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

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New addition - Another view on the same day, at the north end of the shed with an improbable-looking visitor, Thompson K1 2-6-0 No 62046, one of quite a large batch allocated to York (50A) which had probably taken the place of a V2 working. In the background stands one of Banbury's own, 6951 Impney Hall". 23.1.65. F.A. Blencowe.

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Ban 7221

By 1961 Banbury had an alllocation of five heavy 2-8-2 tanks (Nos 7207/28/36/44/46) although I don't know when they arrived nor the traffic they were intended for. By the summer of 1965 they were down to three, including No 7221 which was captured here in winter on 24th January 1966. Photo: Steve Banks collection.

3820

A sunny day in May 1965 finds 2-8-0 No. 3820 (Southall) taking water. 12th May 1965. Photo: Blencowe collection.

6953

A long line of locos by the coal stage is headed by 6953 Leighton Hall (Didcot), alas minus nameplates. 12th May 1965. Photo: Blencowe collection.

92226

Locos from Ebbw Junction (Newport) were regular visitors to Banbury; this is double chimney 9F No 92226. 12th May 1965. Photo: Blencowe collection.

Banbury 3842

Now, a pair of pictures at the coaling stage, beginning with a 2-8-0, No 3842 from Severn Tunnel Junction. It's looking pretty tired and the smokebox door number is no longer in place. 12th May 1965. Photo: Blencowe collection.

Banbury 6823

Another visitor by the coaling stage, this time facing south with its blower on - it is not charging by (magazine editors have been known to confuse such pictures)! It's No 6823 Oakley Grange from Oxley and the crew is seeing to the coal in the tender. Looks like the loco is still carrying its train lights, for a fully fitted goods or a parcels/ECS train. Not a pretty sight, especially with the smokebox number and the nameplates removed. 12th May 1965. Photo: Blencowe collection.

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New addition - Leamington Spa's Riddles 2-6-4T No 80072, often used on the Greaves Siding-Ardley and back limestone working, has been pressed into more menial duties. Saturday, 12th June 1965. Photo F.A. Blencowe.

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3836 Ban

No. 3836 (87A Neath) simmers on the short sidings south of the turntable with the snow plough nearby. This is a rare view that shows the layout at the south end of the depot with the terminal end of the loco shed, the stationary boiler, and to the right, the repair shop. You'd have thought that more photographs were taken to capture the scene but so far, this is the best one. 18th July 1965. Photo: S.K.Blencowe collection.

Banbury 1965 92001

A low wintry sun falls across Riddles 2-10-0 No 92001 in quite a busy scene on Saturday, 11th December 1965. Note the braziers ready for use with rough piles of coal alongside, a device to guard against freezing temperatures.

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A grimy "Black Five", No 44808 from Oxley poses alongside a schoolboy... I wonder who? 26th February 1966. Photo: F.A.Blencowe.

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A Tyseley 9F, No 92002 at Banbury on 29th April 1966, the recent efforts of the paint shop only spoiled by priming. Photo: G.W. Sharpe.

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Banbury 1966

A general view of the depot during the week on Tuesday 31st May 1966. At least three ex-LMS locos stand on the left, including two "Black Fives"; then an unidentified Riddles 9F; and on the far right, No 7029 Clun Castle. Photo: R.S.Carpenter. Banbury shed

Taken the same day in 1966, ex-LMS "Black 5" 44825 with "COLK" for Colwick painted on the smokebox door has been set to face north (the turntable is just visible behind the tender), and is passing the running shed. It had probably arrived via Woodford Halse and the Banbury Branch. 31.5.66. Photo: R.S.Carpenter.

To be continued...

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Banbury yards and freight pictures are here.

Banbury express passenger pictures are here.

Banbury light engines are here.

Banbury signal box pictures are here.

Ardley-Greaves Siding limestone traffic pictures are here.

Banbury Merton Street station is here.

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