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LINESIDE OBSERVATIONS AND SHED LISTS
This purpose of this section of the web site is to provide a place for MIAC members and others to share their observations of locos seen in Worcestershire.

To start off this section, Mick Rock has provided us with many lists of locos seen in Worcestershire during the last years of steam on BR.

Here is an interesting note from Tony Hoskins

Adrian Booth has provided this note:
"I am currently reading a book entitled "Shed Bashing with the Beatles" in which author Phil Mathison recounts stories of his train spotting trips in his teenage years. One such outing was on 14th November 1964 when Phil reports seeing over thirty locomotives on Worcester Shed, including: 5000, 5979-83, 6861-77-78, 6934-95, 7005, 7906-20-28, 44777 and 44919. Phil then did Worcester Works which held just seven locos, namely: 2291, 4619, 6169, 6856, 7011, 8104 and 48309."
Andrew Smith adds that No.5000 "Launceston Castle" and No.7005 "Sir Edward Elgar" were both withdrawn and would shortly be sent to the scrap yards (a photograph taken earlier in November showing both of these locomotives on Worcester's 'dead line' appears in Vanishing Points by Michael Dowty), whilst No.7011 "Banbury Castle" which had been a Worcester engine earlier in 1964, had been transferred to Wolverhampton's Oxley depot and was not withdrawn until the following year.

GERALD R. WADLEY Notebooks and 'The Railway Times'
Gerald Wadley was one of the founder members of the Worcester Locomotive Society and as Secretary he went on many of the early trips organised by the W.L.S. Gerald kept detailed notes of his sightings on these trips and they make fascinating reading in this age when few locomotives linger for long on motive power depots.
However his writing is not easy to read so it will be some time before we can provide more than these couple of shed visits to Worcester.

WORCESTER LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY

WLS Membership Card


This interesting item of Worcester Locomotive Society memorabilia is a WLS Membership Card which also served as a receipt for annual subscriptions and as a record of trips taken by the member. We are grateful to Tony Hoskins for permission to show these images.

The shed visits made by the Worcester Locomotive Society in the last days of steam operation in the 1960s are legendary. The image below shows the typical receipt from the WLS, in this case for a memorable trip to Crewe on 24th January 1965.


WLS Booking Form

(From the archives of the MIAC)


The following trips were advertised by the Gloucester (G), Gloucester Area Worcester Branch (GAWB), Gloucester L.S.C (Worcester Branch)(GLSCWB) Gloucestershire (GS), Gloucester and Worcester Joint Trip ( GWJT), or Gloucester Area (Worcester Group) (GAWG) or Worcester Branches of the Ian Allan Locospotters Club:

Midlands Trip (G) - 11th August 1957 download (pdf)

North Wales Trip - 22nd September 1957 download (pdf)

Swindon Trip - 27th October 1957 download (pdf)

East Midlands Trip - 24th November 1957 download (pdf)

Crewe Works - Friday 3rd January 1958 (GS)

Swindon Trip - 26th January 1958 (GS)

Southampton Trip - Tuesday 25th February 1958 (GWJT)

West Midlands Trip - Sunday 20th March 1958 (GAWB)

Sheffield Trip - Sunday 29th May 1958 (by train) (GAWB)

Northampton and Warwick Trip (GAWG) - Sunday 15th June 1958 (GWJT)

South Wales Trip - Thursday 14th August 1958 (GS)

Gloucestershire/Wiltshire Trip - Sunday 3rd January 1960

Birmingham/Wolverhampton Trip - Sunday 13th February 1960 (postponed until Sunday 20th March 1960 and Birmingham Sheds omitted) (GAWB)

London Trip - Sunday 21st April 1960 (by train) (GS)

Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st May 1960 (by train) (GS)

Sheffield Trip - Sunday 29th May 1960 (by train) (GAWB)

Swansea Trip - Thursday 28th July 1960 (GAWB)

Nottingham Area Trip - Sunday 4th September 1960 (by train) (GAWB)

Leicester Area Trip - Sunday 23rd October 1960 (GAWB and GLSCWB)

Central South Wales Trip - Sunday 6th November 1960 (GLSCWB)

Doncaster Trip - Sunday 20th November 1960 (by train) (GAWB and GJSCWB)


The following is a list of all shed trips as advertised in the WLS house Magazine "The Big Four"

No.1 - November 1960:

Midlands Trip - Sunday 11th December 1960

Doncaster Trip - Sunday 18th December 1960

Eastleigh Trip (including Swindon Works) - Sunday 3rd January 1961 (initally advertised by the GLSCWB)

Undated flyer by Gloucester L.S.C. Worcester Locomotive Society (described at "two joint trips between the Gloucester and Worcester Groups"):

Thursday 6th April 1961 - London Trip (by train)

No.2- February 1961:

Doncaster Trip (by rail) - Sunday 30th April 1961

Staffordshire Trip - 28th May 1961

No.3 - April 1961:

West London Trip - Sunday 25th June 1961

South-West Wales Trip - Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd July 1961 (No overnight accommodation, but breakfast in Carmarthen!)

No.4 - May 1961

"The South Lancastrian" trip - Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th September 1961 (overnight accommodation in Liverpool

No.5 - August 1961

Cambridge Trip - Sunday 15th October 1961

"The Valleys" Trip (South Wales) - Sunday 12th November 1961

No.6 - October 1961

"The Valleys" Trip (South Wales) - Sunday 19th November 1961(repeat of tour on 12th November)

Midlands Trip - Sunday 10th December 1961

N.E. Wales (sic), but actually to Crewe and Stoke areas - Sunday 16th January 1962 (subsequently postponed until 11th February

Nine Day Scotland Trip - 12th to 22nd August 1962 (the Society's first nine-day (eleven!) Scottish)

(No.7) undated:

Black Country Trip - Sunday 14th January 1962

No.8 - March 1962:

"Southern Belle" Two-Day (Southern Region) Trip Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th April 1962 (overnight accommodation at Brighton)

"Hampsets" Trip (Bournmouth & Somerset & Dorset areas) - Sunday 6th May 1962

No.9 - May 1962:

"Heads of the Valleys" Trip (South Wales) - Sunday 6th May 1962

unadvertised South Wales Trip - 29th July 1962 - Trip Report Download (pdf) (courtesy of Tony Hoskins)

No.10 - July 1962:

Leeds/Bradford Trip - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 1962 - Trip Report Download (subsequently postponed until 6th and 7th October) (courtesy of Allan Maund)

No.11 - September 1962:

Birmingham and Black Country Trip - Sunday 23rd September 1962

(Flyer) South Yorkshire & Lancashire Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th October 1962

(Flyer) Midlands Area Trip - Sunday 21st October 1962

East Midlands Trip - Sunday 4th November 1962

(Flyer) South Wales Trip - Sunday 18th November 1962 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

Midlands (Crewe) Trip - Sunday 9th December 1962 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

(Flyer) "Great Western" (Bristol) Trip - Sunday 6th January 1963

(Flyer) "Heads of the Valleys" (South Wales) Trip - Sunday 20th January 1963

(Flyer) South Wales Trip - Sunday 3rd February 1963

(Flyer) East Midlands Trip - Sunday 17th February 1963

(Flyer) Lancashire Trip - Sunday 3rd March 1963

No.13 (there was no No.12) - March 1963

S.E. Wales Trip - Sunday 17th March 1963 (instead of a planned Sheffield Trip)

London Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th April 1963 (overnight accommodation in London)

Manchester Trip - Sunday 28th April 1963 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

No.14 - April 1963

Carlisle Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th May 1963 (overnight accommodation at Carlisle)

Birmingham Trip (including Worcester) - Sunday 26th May 1963

Doncaster Trip - Sunday 9th June 1963

North Wales Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd June 1963 (overnight accommodation in Bangor)

(Flyer) East Midlands Trip - Sunday 7th July 1963 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st July 1963

(Flyer)"Derby Road-Rail" Trip - Sunday 21st July 1963 (planned but subsequently cancelled)

(Flyer) Scottish Trip - Saturdays 10th to 17th August 1963

(Flyer) Liverpool Trip - Sunday 25th August 1963

(Flyer) South Wales Trip - Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 1963 - Trip Report Download (pdf) (overnight at Swansea)

(Flyer) West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September 1963

No.15 - September 1963:

North East Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th October 1963

(Flyer) London Trip - Sunday 13th October 1963

(Flyer) Leeds Trip - Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th October 1963

Manchester Trip - Sunday 10th November 1963

South Wales - Sunday 24th November 1963

(Flyer) Black Country Trip - Sunday 8th December 1963

No.16 - December 1963:

Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th January 1964 (by train departing on Friday evening and returning on Monday morning)

No.17 - March 1964

(Flyer) Crewe Trip - Sunday 12th January 1964

(Flyer) Swindon Trip (by train) - Sunday 26th January 1964 (later cancelled)

(Flyer) Wales Trip - Sunday 9th or 16th February 1964 (later cancelled)

(Flyer) Black Country Trip - Sunday 9th February 1964

(Flyer) Rugby & Leicester Trip (originally to have been a London Trip) - Sunday 1st March 1964

Bristol Trip - Sunday 15th March 1964

(Flyer) South Wales Trip - Sunday 22nd March 1964 (planned but subsequently cancelled)

London and Brighton Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th April 1964

(Flyer) Sheffield Trip - Sunday 31st May 1964 (by train)- Trip Report Download (pdf)

(Flyer) Nottingham Trip - Sunday 28th June 1964

(Flyer) Leicester and Rugby Trip - Sunday 19th July 1964

(Flyer) Scottish Trip - Satuday 8th August to Sunday 16th August 1964

(Flyer) Crewe Trip - Sunday 9th August 1964

(Flyer) West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th September 1964 (overnight stay at Weymouth)

(Flyer) Liverpool Trip - Sunday 4th October 1964

(Flyer) Leeds Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th October 1964

(Flyer) Peterborough Trip - Sunday 8th November 1964

(Flyer) Swindon Trip - Sunday 6th December 1964

(Flyer) Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd January 1965

No.18 - December 1964

Crewe Trip - Sunday 24th January 1965

Midlands Trip - Sunday 14th February 1965

(Flyer) Liverpool Trip - Sunday 7th March 1965

(Flyer) Derby Trip - Sunday 28th March 1965

(Flyer) Peterborough Trip - Sunday 11th April 1965

(Flyer) Carlisle Trip - Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd May 1965

(Flyer) Sheffield Trip - Sunday 23rd May 1965

(Flyer) Eastleigh Trip - Sunday 13th June 1965

(Flyer) North Wales Two-day Trip - Saturday & Sunday 26th and 27th June 1965

(Flyer) Birminghmam Trip - Sunday 18th July 1965

No.19 - 1965

South Wales Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th July 1965

(Flyer) Scottish Nine-day Trip - Saturday 7th August to Sunday 15th August 1965

(Flyer) Crewe Trip - Sunday 22nd August 1966

London Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th September 1965

Manchester Trip - Sunday 26th September 1965

Leeds Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th October 1965

Crewe Trip - Sunday 31st October 1965

Derby Trip - Sunday 14th November 1965

Central England Trip - Sunday 28th November 1965

No.20> - October 1965

Liverpool Trip - Sunday 12th December 1965

Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th January 1966

No.21 - December 1965

Birmingham Trip - Sunday 23rd January 1966

South Wales Trip - Sunday 6th February 1966

Crewe Trip - Sunday 20th January 1966

Manchester Trip - Sunday 6th March 1966

Derby Trip - Sunday 20th March 1966

North Eastern Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd April 1966

No.22 - March 1966

Sheffield Trip - Sunday 24th April 1966

West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th May 1966

Eastleigh Minibus Trip - Sunday 8th May 1966

Liverpool Trip - Sunday 22nd May 1966

Carlisle Two-day Trip - Saturday & Sunday 4th and 5th June 196

London Trip - Sunday 19th June 1966

No.23 - June 1966

East Anglia Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd July 1966

Manchester Trip - Sunday 17th July 1966

South Wales Trip - Sunday 24th July 1966 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

Nine-day Summer Tour - Saturday 6th August to Sunday 14th August 1966

Eastleigh Trip - Sunday 21st August 1966

Peterborough Trip - Sunday 4th September 1966London Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th September 1966

No.24 - September 1966

South East England Trip - Sunday 2nd October 1966

Leeds Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th October 1966

Crewe Trip - Sunday 30th October 1966

Liverpool Trip - Sunday 13th November 1966

South Wales Trip - Sunday 20th November 1966

Derby Trip - Sunday 27th November 1966

Birmingham Trip - Sunday 11th December 1966

No.25 - Winter

Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th January 1967

Manchester Trip - Sunday 22nd January 1967

Sheffield Trip - Sunday 5th February 1967

Peterborough Trip - Sunday 19th February 1967

South Wales Trip - Sunday 5th March 1967

Crewe Trip -Sunday 19th March 1967

No.26

North-East Trip - Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd April 1967 (overnight in Darlington)

Liverpool Trip - Sunday 16th April 1967

West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th May 1967 (overnight in Weymouth)

London Trip - Sunday 21st May 1967

Carlisle Two-day Trip - 10th and 11th June 1967

Derby Trip - Sunday 18th June 1967

South Wales Two-day Trip - Satuday and Sunday 1st and 2nd July 1967 (overnight in Swansea)

Manchester Trip - Sunday 16th July 1967

North Wales Narrow-gauge Railways - Sunday 23rd July 1967

East Anglia Two-day Trip Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th August 1967 (overnight in Ipswich)

No.27

Summer 9-day Trip - Saturday 19th Auhust 1967 to Sunday 26th August 1967

Sheffield Trip - Sunday 3rd September 1967

Lancashire Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th September1967

London Trip - Sunday 1st October 1967

Leeds Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October 1967

Crewe Trip - Sunday 29th October 1967

No.28

South Wales Trip - Sunday 12th November 1967

Derby Trip - Sunday 26th November 1967

Liverpool Trip - Sunday 10th December 1967

Scottish Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th January 1968 (overnight in Dundee

No.29

Manchester Trip - Sunday 21st January 1968

Swindon and Bristol Trip - Sunday 4th Febraury 1968

Crewe Trip - Sunday 18th February 1968

South Wales Trip - Sunday 3rd Match 1968

East Anglia Trip - Sunday 17th March 1968

Derby and Sheffield Trip - Sunday 31st March 1968

North East Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st April 1968 (overnight in Darlington)

London Trip - Sunday 5th May 1968

West Country Two-day Trip - Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th May 1968 (overnight in Weymouth)

Humber Trip - Sunday 3rd June 1968

Soth Wales Trip - Sunday 16th June 1968

(Later trips still to listed)

South Wales Trip - 16th and 17th May 1970 - Trip Report Download (pdf)

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