During the period from late 1966 until 1969 the old steam shed at Worcester was used for the temporary storage of a large number of diesel locomotives. These locomotives were surplus to requirements and many were sold to private owners whilst others went for scrap. The following details have been gathered together from various sources to provide a record of this period at Worcester.
On 12th April 1969 railway enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to visit Worcester Sheds as BR held an Open Day at the depot. Pete Wilcox photographed an impressive line up of locomotives stored in the former 'Washout' shed (note the steam age smoke collectors still in-situ in the roof. The locomotives are (from left to right) class 22 diesel Locomotive No.D6321, class 03 diesel shunters Nos.D2184, D2195, D2190 and D2193 and another class 22 diesel locomotive (either No.D6324 or No.D6325.)
Class 03 0-6-0 204hp Diesel Shunters
The Swindon built 204hp diesel shunters were a familiar sight at Worcester as engines of the class had been allocated since 1960. Most of the class 03 shunters that were stored at Worcester were in a serviceable condition and if the depot was short of motive power one or more would be used to cover the shortage. In this list therefore it is difficult to differentiate dates as between stored or in use, particularly as some of the locomotives were allocated to Worcester. It is however believed to be comprehensive and to include all of the class 03's that were stored at Worcester.
This photograph shows (from left to right) at least three possibly four unidentified stored class 22 diesel locomotives and a pair of class 03 diesel shunters, one of which one is No.D2177 which was stored at Worcester in the period 1968/69. The photograph is the copyright of Robert Cooke.
Class 14 0-6-0 650hp Diesel Locomotives
N.B. There may also be other class 14 locomotives stored at Worcester in addition to those on this list.
All of these locomotives were allocated to the Western Region during their time in store at Worcester.
The first locomotives to be stored at Worcester started arriving in the middle of December 1966, just before the start of the school holiday. It had been intended to transfer the entire class to the North Eastern Region of British Railways. However, in the event, only 20 locomotives were transferred to Hull Dairycoats in December 1966 and some of those at Worcester were returned to service on the Western Region. It is quite probable that all 20 of those transferred to Hull passed through Worcester at this time as this was used as the staging point from which the locomotives were gathered together in batches before being sent north. The last to leave was D9554. Four more locomotives arrived in April or May 1967 for storage and these also went to Hull Dairycoats. A further six locomotives arrived towards the end of 1967 or early 1968 but two soon returned to service and the other four were all despatched to scrapyards in 1968. The final locomotive (D9501) arrived around April 1968 and was sold for scrap later the same year.
Class 14 diesel locomotive No.D9501 was stored inside the former Goods Engine shed at Worcester when photographed by Adrian Booth on 26th July 1968.
The arrival of six Bristol allocated North British class 22 diesel hydraulic locomotives at Worcester in 1968 was somewhat of a surprise as the class had rarely been seen at Worcester. The six locomotives that were eventually stored at Worcester saw no further service and were all despatched for scrap to Cashmore's of Newport in South Wales where four were noted awaiting scrap on 7th June 1969 with the other two presumed to have already been dealt with by the dismantlers.
This photograph from inside the cab of a stored locomotive shows class 22's Nos.D6316 and D6321, both still carrying their distinctive diamond shaped North British makers plates, stored inside the Goods Shed at Worcester on 24th July 1968. The photograph was taken by Adrian Booth.
Black: Worcester Locomotive Society and MIAC records
Red: Adrian J. Booth
Blue: Railway Observer
Green: Robert Pritchard
Purple Robert Aston
We would be delighted to receive any observation, additions or corrections to the above list and also to receive any photographs of any of these locomotives whilst they were stored at Worcester.
Apologies for the table layout errors. These are being corrected