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Neville Hill engine shed

A mile to the east of Leeds New (later renamed Leeds City) station, the NER located its presence on the edge of the West Riding conurbation with a large marshalling yard, carriage sidings and, originally, a four-turntable engine shed. During the 1950s the shed was reduced by half but a new depot was built to house the DMUs.

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Peppercorn A1 No 60154 Bon Accord, formerly a York loco, was re-allocated to Neville Hill and stands in the roundhouse in July 1964. Photo: Author's collection.

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Peppercorn A1 No 60118 Archibald Sturrock came to Neville Hill after Copley Hill closed and is seen in front of the running shed. July 1964. Photo: Author's collection.

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A late sunny afternoon in October 1964 sees A1 No 60118 Archibald Sturrock running into the shed on completing its roster. We knew about this one (but not alas its details) and used to cycle over to catch it. Photo: Steve Banks.

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During the winter of 1964/65 the nameplates were, unkindly I always thought, removed from the Peppercorn A1s. No 60154, formerly Bon Accord, stands outside the shed awaiting its next duty. Behind is another unnamed member of the class. Photo: Brian Webb collection.

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55H shed plate

Initially, Neville Hill was under York and coded 50B by BR but this changed in January 1959 when it became part of the Leeds district under Holbeck and the code was revised to 55H. I acquired this shed plate at an auction and have no details as to its provenance. It sits nicely next to my 56C.:).

55H gen view A general view from 1964 shows how the four-roundhouse shed had been reduced by half, producing this open space and visible remains of the roads that once radiated out from the turntables. To the right is the three-road repair shop, and beyond, the recently built DMU shed and fuel stores.

1940s-1950s

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Standing by the coaling stage in early 1948 is newly-built Peppercorn A2 No 526 Sugar Palm. The loco was completed in January and finished in LNER apple green livery but, as far as I can tell, no lettering on the tender. Photo: author's collection.

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A classic view of one of Neville Hill's J39s, used for freight and excursion traffic - they were 4P/5F after all - No 64835 is carrying the early BR shed plate, 50B, part of the York District. In January 1960 it was transferred to the Leeds District under Holbeck and recoded 55H. Photo: Peter Groom.

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1960s

The shed lay two and half miles from where I lived and as a teenager, used to visit on my push bike, despite two quite steep hills - traffic was still quite light in those days! The first pictures were taken with a Brownie 127 when I was 15 years old.

J39 at 55H In 1962 Neville Hill still had seven J39s on its books but BR withdrew the class that year and the remaining 110 en bloc and this view, from winter 1962/63 shows No 64933 alongside a stable-mate in the yard, probably awaiting removal. The concrete coaling tower is in the background.

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When built "Peak" D144 was allocated to Derby on 9th December 1961 but, a week later, transferred to Neville Hill, and can be seen carrying a 55H shed plate on the nose. It was used for crew training and in July 1962, re-allocated to Holbeck. Note the green livery, before the yellow panels were added, and the empty headcode indicator box.

The building in the background was a three-road maintenance shed used to house diesels. In 1962 a diesel shed was opened at Holbeck and "Peaks" which had been housed temporarily at Neville Hill were moved across.

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V2 60963

As far as I know, V2s were never allocated to Neville Hill (ex-NER B16 and Thompson B1 4-6-0s were used instead) but York had many and they often worked through to Leeds, such as 60967 which is standing by the water tower. Fully coaled, it awaits its return working. The clock is showing just before 1pm, which suggests a weekend visit. The A3 in the background would have been 60074 Harvester or 60084 Gainsborough, one of the shed's trio at the time, these two never having gained trough smoke deflectors. 1963. Photo: Steve Banks 43054 55H By 1961 Neville Hill had a pair of Ivatt 2-6-0s, Nos 43051/54 and the latter is seen either running into or out of the shed. Not until relatively recently did I learn that the Brownie 127 had a pedestrian shutter speed of 1/60 sec, which explains why in this panned shot, the houses in the distance are so blurred! 1963. Photo: Steve Banks D1515 Brand new Brush Type 4s (later Class 47) started arriving around this time and an evening would be a good time to see one, officially allocated to 34G Finsbury Park, being serviced. D1515 was built on 29th March 1963 and could hardly have been more than a few days old. It's standing outside the old repair shop which became a nominal diesel shed. Under TOPS, the loco became 47416 and was withdrawn from Gateshead in March 1986 after an astonishingly short life of only of only 23 years. 1963. Photo: Steve Banks 77010 ash pits

A view from the old brick & timber manual coaling plant that remained in place despite construction of a new "standard" concrete tower. On a dank and windy day, down below is 77010 on the ash pits with its tender water filler cap open. The NER-built swan-neck water column is nearby.

Ten of this Riddles class of 2-6-0s were allocated to the NE Region, some in the Newcastle area but mostly around Scarborough and Hull. Arrival of the DMU displaced them and all ten (77000-4/10-14) were sent to Leeds sheds: Stourton and Farnley. 1964. Photo: Steve Banks D5100 and 5MT

A closer view of D5100 in ridiculously dirty condition, with an even muckier ex-LMS Black 5 beyond it, believed to be 45063. 1964. Photo: Steve Banks 77010 light

77010 finally moves towards the running shed to be stabled. Behind it can be seen a remnant of what used to be the outer wall of the shed when it had four roundhouses. 1964. Photo: Steve Banks 55H

Inside the shed, at the deeper end where there was actually more light, a pair of Neville Hill's ex-NER Q6 0-8-0s sit together, Nos 63417 and 63426. March 1964. Photo: Author's collection.

55H

A murky day between the old and the new coaling stages finds two locos taking water, an unidentified B1 and "Black Five" No 45063 (Holbeck). April 1964.

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Peppercorn A1 No 60154 Bon Accord, was a York loco until reallocation to Neville Hill in July 1963 and is being is turned inside a smoke-filled outer roundhouse. April 1964. Photo: Author's collection.

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On Saturday 18th September 1965, an Aberdeen A4, No 60004 William Whitelaw was sent to Neville Hill to work an RCTS special the following day, "The Blyth-Tyne express".

It was serviced in the usual way and placed inside the shed, but many people turned up to see it and the foreman agreed to have the loco moved outside again so that it could be photographed. A man with a heart of gold! The sun was getting low and while I took the usual front 3/4 snaps, here are the more interesting views! Photo: Author's collection.

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The beautiful lines of the A4 catch the sun. Photo: Author's collection.

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And finally, the front end with a Peppercorn A1 behind it, possibly 60118 Archibald Sturrock, one of the batch transferred from Copley Hill after that shed closed the previous year. Photo: Author's collection.

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