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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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B16s at Neville Hill

Worsdell and Raven designed a series of mixed traffic 4-6-0s for the NER which the LNER classed B13-B16. The original version of the last of these with a straight footplate became class B16/1 and dominated the allocation to Neville Hill, many lasting until withdrawal. The rebuilds with Walschaerts valve gear and curved footplate also served but were less numerous. Here are some examples, including the services they operated.

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B16 No 908 passes through Durham in 1936 with a No 2 Express Goods. This loco was allocated to Neville Hill in 1949 as No 61411 and served for eleven years until late 1960, when it was transferred to Mirfield and withdrawn the following year. Photo: H.C. Casserley.

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Ex-works B16 No 847 heads south out of York towards Church Fenton and Leeds with a Class B Goods, Most of the leading wagons are LMS, including an empty cattle wagon. This B16 was at Neville Hill for three years during WWII, between 1940-43. Photo: H. Gordon Tidey.

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Covered in grime and the date unknown, B16 No 2371 has another Class B Goods, this time along the four-track north of York.

Note the LNER 10T Perishable Goods or Meat Van behind the tender, almost 700 of which had been built between 1924-32, including a batch on a steel underframe. Just over fifty were converted to carry fish and it is tempting to suggest that this may have been an example. The ventilation slats are in need of repair and one area has already been replaced by a plain panel. Dan Pinnock produced a kit under the D&S label which eventually went to 51L - I'm not sure who owns it now.

The loco became No 61442 and served at Neville Hill for most of the years from 1949 until withdrawal in 1960. Photo: Author's collection.

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Passing under the gantry at Falsgrave on the approach to Scarborough on Saturday 27th June 1959, B16 No 61470 has a working from Leeds of eight coaches which has been strengthened behind the tender by three Gresley carriages, all of the side-door type.

This loco had also been alocated to Neville Hill in 1949 and is seen here in its last summer of service, being withdrawn later in the year. Photo: K.C.H. Fairey.

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B16 No, 61452 stands at Scarborough shed on Sunday 21st June 1959 after bringing in an excursion from Leeds. This one was at Neville Hill for most of the years between 1953-59.

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Another east coast holiday resort, Bridlington, sees Neville Hill's B16 No 61412 on shed after delivering an excursion almost certainly from Leeds. This B16 had a similar history to No 61411, also arriving in 1949 to serve for 11 years, then sent to Mirfield in 1960 prior to withdrawal. Photo: Author's collection.

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The last years of the B16s saw some interesting changes in fortune. No 61425 was yet another allocation to Neville Hill in 1949 and was photographed in January 1960 in store. On 14th February it was transferred to York, a big home for the class and where it lasted until withdrawal in May 1961. Photo: Author's collection.

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Shed scenes

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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There were many 4-6-0s at Neville Hill such as B16/1 No 61441 seen standing near the water tower in the 1950s. In the background is a glimpse of the original running shed. This B16 was at Neville Hill for a while in 1951, thereafter at York so it's not possible to tell if the photograph was taken when allocated to Leeds or after working in from York. Photo: R.K. Blencowe Negative Archive.

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Sometime in the mid-1950s, when B1 No 61086 with self-weighing tender was allocated to Neville Hill, it stands by the ash pits on a sunny evening. 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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52A Gateshead's Peppercorn A1 No 60147 North Eastern runs off Neville Hill shed. It's not a well-taken picture and I have corrected what I can, but I didn't t want to lose the glimpse in the background of the running shed being rebuilt, and the large signal gantry on the main line to the east. Photo: SLS.

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1960s

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A3 No 60081 Shotover was a Neville Hill Pacific for most of the post-WWII years and was captured in fairly good condition c1960. It remained like this, with GN-style tender, double chimney and no smoke deflectors until the end of its days. Photo: Author's collection.

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My apologies for the quality of this colour slide and its friend below: both were under-exposed and are nearly black and while Photoshop has revealed the content, there's a saying about not being able to make a silk purse out of.... I leave viewers to judge!

York's V2 No 60963 stands in the roundhouse c1960 with shafts of sunlight gleaming in. A mucky Stanier 8F has been stable alongside.Photo: Author's collection.

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Two more locos in the roundhouse, again from York. This time it's Thompson class K1 2-6-0 No 62042 and Peppercorn A1 No 60140 Balmoral, at York for most of its life, a regular visitor to Leeds. The dark shape to the right is a WD 2-8-0. c1960. Photo: Author's collection.

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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 next 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


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Another visitor from Gateshead around the same time was A4 No 60005 Sir Charles Newton, seen here by the original coaling stage. Note the enormous pile of coal on the tender. Looking at its rather fine texture I wonder how much confidence the crew had in it - and if it passed the loading gauge?! Photo: SLS.

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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.

This Riddles class of 2-6-0 was divided between Scotland and the NE Region where ten ended up around Scarborough and Hull (77000-4/10-14). Arrival of the DMU displaced them and they were all 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. Photo: Adam Banks


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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: Adam Banks

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Not the best of pictures on a cold winter's day around 1962, but a fine view of Gresley A3 No 60074 Harvester without smoke deflectors as it stands next to one of the five Riddles 2-6-4 tanks which were at the shed at the time. Photo; Author's collection.

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J39 64934 stands at Neville Hill in March 1963. It had been withdrawn the previous year but not yet taken away. Rust was beginning to grin through the traffic dust. Photo: Chris Bush.

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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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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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An interior view taken in September 1965 shows an A1 without nameplates, two Q6s, two Fairburn tanks, and two BR Mk.1 coaches. Alas the numbers are not known and the digital copy is too pixellated to give up its secrets (although the Q6 on the left may be 63417). Photo: Chris Bush.

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The final view in this batch dates from 22nd September 1965 and shows one of Neville Hill's Q6 0-8-0s, No 63426 leaving the main line to enter the yards with what may have been a returning Class 10 pick-up goods. Leading is an empty BR-built steel-bodied 13T High Goods Wagon (Shildon, 1951, No B476664).

In the distance, somewhat washed out by a bright sun, a new housing estate is being built. Photo: D.Hardy.

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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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Neville Hill locos at work

This part will build up as more pictures come to hand.

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One of Neville Hill's unrebuilt Raven B16/1 4-6-0s, No 61413 in early BR livery with a barely visible "BRITISH RAILWAYS" on the tender and the number on the buffer beam in late LNER style "No. 61413", is passing Monkton Moor c1950 with a Class 6 express freight. I can't help thinking that these locos looked better without a number plate on the smokebox door. :) Photo: Author's collection.

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To be continued...

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