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Light engine movements around Banbury in the steam era

Banbury was quite a busy junction and with the marshalling yards and engine shed (and the station goods yard) either side of the passenger station, there were many light engine movements to and fro. Locos regularly came off the shed to work a freight train, or went on shed to be serviced. Most of the traffic served by the shed was freight, much less on the passenger side.

Most of the pictures were taken off the station platform, or from the footpath at Banbury South leading to the engine shed, and give a good idea what it was like to spend a while train spotting here. A few of the pictures were taken by the main yards alongside Banbury North Signal Box (completely out of bounds today, of course) by people who lived locally and were known to the staff.

All pictures are in chronological order, new additions will be inserted accordingly.

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Riddles 9F No 92226 is on the move at Banbury South on 19th August 1958, and looking clean because this loco had been built less than three weeks ago and delivered new to Banbury. Photo: P.H. Groom.

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One of Banbury's light Pannier tanks used on the Banbury-Princes Risborough service, No 6429, looks like it's coming off the running lines to enter the engine shed. The picture is undated but the loco is known to have been transferred to Banbury from Croes Newydd w/e 13.6.59, leaving for Wellington w/e 7.10.61. My estimate for this picture would be summer of 1959, or one of the following two summers. Photo: John Tarrant Collection, Kidderminster Railway Museum, 23358.

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One of the better looking LMS designs of large 2-6-4T, Stanier's version was introduced in 1935 and is seen at Banbury South, possibly coming off shed to work a train back to Woodford Halse on 14th May 1960. It had been allocated to Woodford Halse on 6th February 1960, but transferred to Leicester (Central) soon after, on 19th March 1960 and is wearing that shed's plate, 15E. I suspect that it had been borrowed by Woodford to work a passenger over the Banbury Branch. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

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One of the crew climbs aboard (or is he actually jumping off?) ex-LMS "Royal Scot" No 46141 The North Staffordshire Regiment in front of the signal box at Banbury South. A much travelled engine, it was a Saltley loco when seen here on 5th May 1962, apparently about to run into the engine shed after working a freight into the north yard. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

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The ex-LMS Ivatt light 2-6-0 was introduced in 1946 and this one, No 46457, in plain black is seen on 12th April 1965 by the main yards with a low evening sun slanting across. It was a Leamington Spa loco and had probably just worked in. Note the open cover to the water tank on the rear of the tender. Photo: F.A. Blencowe.

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An outrageously dirty ex-SR "Battle of Britain", No 34077 603 Squadron, on which only the name plate and crest have been kept clean, is passing in front of Banbury North signal box. It was an Eastleigh (70D) loco and may have arrived with a cross-country express, such as the Bournemouth-Newcastle, and having uncoupled, is about to set back along the Up line to the engine shed for servicing and turning. I have several pictures of this loco at Banbury, not all taken on the same day. This was sometime in May 1965. Photo: Alan W. Donaldson.

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Another Ivatt 2-6-0 at Banbury, this time a well established WR loco in lined green livery. Under a high midday sun, No 46522 is running tender first along the Up line from the yards to the engine shed. I have no date for this picture but would suggest summer between 5-3-66 and 16-7-66 when the loco came to the Midlands and alternated between the sheds at Tyseley and Banbury, possibly the latter in this view after working in from the south and now returning to the depot. Curiously, the tender tank cover is open here too. In the distance an 08 is shunting in the main yard. Photo: Author's collection.

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To be continued...

Banbury station pictures are here.

Banbury yards and freight pictures are here.

Banbury express passenger pictures are here.

Banbury loco shed pictures are here.

Banbury signal box pictures are here.

Banbury Merton Street station is here.

Ardley-Greaves Siding limestone traffic pictures are here.

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