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GCR London Extension - Neasden engine shed

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A map showing the approaches to Marylebone (to the right) with the two joint lines - Met&GCR line and the GWR&GCR. Neasden engine shed and yards were located where they came together. Author's collection.

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The layout of the loco depot turned through 90 degrees for clarity. The 6-road running shed can be seen and the manual coaling stage with sand furnace alongside. Source: 25" OS, 1914-15, National Library of Scotland.

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A superb view of the newly built running shed. The back of the print states "1913" but I am pretty sure that it was about 10 years earlier. A Class 9H 0-6-0 (LNER J10) is coupled to a GCR 4w goods brake van (same as the D&S kit). Part of another loco can be seen - a Class 13 Pollitt "single", all of which were transferred to the CLC by 1904. Photo: LGRP.

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Another relatively early view with the clock in its original position high up over the running tracks as 0-6-2T (LNER N5) No 772 stands by the breakdown crane. Photo: Real Photographs

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By far the most numerous class allocated to Neasden was the Robinson 9N 4-6-2T suburban passenger tank (LNER A5) of which No 168 was captured in the shed yard. In the background is St. Mary's church. Photo: F.Moore's Railway Photographs.

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Another one of Neasden's A5s, No 5372, still carrying lined livery, stands alongside the sand furnace and the coaling stage. The date would have been before 8/26 when side windows were fitted to the cab.

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A partial view of the sand furnace with C4 No 5263 (LEI) being prepared for a Down working.

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The "Improved Director" D11 4-4-0s were divided between Neasden and Gorton for the long distance expresses between Manchester and London. This is No 5506 Butler-Henderson, captured in 1937 during a six-year spell allocated to Neasden. Photo: Les Hanson. <'p>

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A BR-period picture from May 1953 to finish this first batch shows a visitor from Woodford Halse, V2 No 60859, which was at WFD between 2/51 and 1/54. Behind it is a named B1 of which 61009 Hartebeeste was briefly at Neasden at the time. Photo: Author's collection.

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