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Diesel Locomotives Stored At Worcester shed

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.

Number

Origin

Dates when noted stored at Worcester

Disposal

D2114

This locomotive was allocated to Swindon.  Not recorded there 8/9/68.

There are no reported observations of this locomotive in store at Worcester.   It was not seen at Worcester on visits on 9/6/68, 24/7/68 and 26/7/68.

To Birds Long Marston ex Worcester 9/68 (or 8/68). Cut up 1/75.

D2115

This locomotive was allocated to Worcester in April 1966 but was actually outbased at Hookagate.  

There are no reported observations of this locomotive in store at Worcester.  It is the view of the MIAC that the reference to this locomotive in store at Worcester is incorrect.   It is believed to have been stored at Shrewsbury shed and Chester.

To Cohen, Kingsbury for scrap 1968.

D2127

Allocated to Worcester

16/1/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68.

To Cohen, Kingsbury for scrap after 26/7/68.   Cut up 10/68.

D2132

Allocated to Worcester 8/60.

Transferred to store at Worcester 9/68.  There are no reported observations of this locomotive in store at Worcester.

Returned to service at Swindon 1/69.   Sold to National Coal Board 10/70.

D2135

Allocated to Worcester 5/65.

27/8/67; 12/9/67.

Returned to service at Lincoln 11/1967.

D2137

Allocated to Gloucester.

27/8/67; 12/9/67.

Returned to service at ?   Cut up at Doncaster BREL Works 12/77.

D2139

Allocated to Worcester  5/60.

27/8/67; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68.

To Adams, Newport after 26/7/68 and before 29/10/68.

D2143

Allocated to Landore.

24&26/7/68; 29/10/68.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 29/10/68.   Cut up 12/68.

D2175

Allocated to Taunton.

27/8/67; 12/9/67.

Returned to service at Norwich.  Cut up BREL Doncaster Works 11/83.

D2177

Allocated to Worcester.

29/10/68; 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Birds Long Marston for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 29/6/69. Cut up 4/70.

D2181

Allocated to Landore.

27/8/67; 12/9/67; 16/1/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68; 29/10/68.

To Adams, Newport between 29/10/68 and 2/2/69.

D2182

Allocated to Landore.

27/8/67; 12/9/67; 16/1/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68; 29/10/68.

To Adams, Newport between 29/10/68 and 2/2/69.

D2183

Allocated to Taunton.

16/1/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; allocated to Landore 6/68; noted stored at Worcester 29/10/68; 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Birds, Long Marston for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 29/6/69. Cut up 5/70.

D2184

Allocated to Landore.

29/10/68; allocated to Bristol 11/68; noted stored at Worcester 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To CWS, Southend 20/8/69

D2185

Allocated to Landore.

29/10/68; used at Worcester; noted stored at Worcester 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Birds, Long Marston after 4/5/69 for use and before 29/6/69.   Cut up 10/78.

D2187

Allocated to Swindon. Noted on Swindon shed 4/2/68 but not recorded there 8/9/68.

There are no reported observations of this locomotive in store at Worcester. 

To Birds, Long Marston ex Worcester (or Swindon). Cut up 6/78.

D2188

Allocated to Taunton.  Noted on Swindon shed 4/2/68 but not recorded there 8/9/68.

There are no reported observations of this locomotive in store at Worcester.

To Birds, Long Marston ex Worcester 9/68 (or Swindon) for scrap.

D2190

Allocated to Bristol.

12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Birds, Long Marston after 45/69 and before 29/6/69 for scrap.

D2191

Allocated to Landore.

12/9/67; 16/1/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68.

To Cohen, Kingsbury for scrap after 26/7/68.   Cut up 11/68.

D2193

Allocated to Bristol (11/68). Withdrawn 1/69. Noted on Swindon shed 8/9/68.

(Not recorded at Worcester 2/2/69); 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Adams, Newport 10/69.   Cut up 1/81.

D2194

Allocated to Worcester 12/66.  Noted in use at Worcester 16/1/68 and 16/4/68.

9/6/68; 24&26/7/68; 29/10/68; 2/2/69.

To Birds, Long Marston for use after 2/2/69 and before 12/4/69 (or despatched 5/69).   Cut up 7/78.

D2195

Allocated to Bristol.   Noted at Bristol 19/10/68.

(Not recorded at Worcester 2/2/69); 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Llanelly Steel Co Ltd after 4/5/69.   Cup Up 9/81.

D2196

Allocated to Gloucester.

Noted at Gloucester 22/7/67; stored at Worcester by 27/8/67; 12/9/67.

Returned to BR service at Swindon.  Noted on Swindon Works 22/9/68.

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.

Number

Dates when noted stored at Worcester

Disposal

D9500

Mid 12/66; 24/12/66; 18/1/67; then returned to service at Bristol, transferred to Cardiff 5/67; noted at Ebbw Junction 16/6/67; stored at Worcester by 16/1/68; (arrived 12/67); returned to service at Cardiff and noted there 26/10/68; stored at Cardiff by 20/2/69 and 10/69.

To NCB, Ashington Colliery 11/69.  Noted being towed through Gloucester 16/11/69.

D9501

Noted at Landore 15/7/67; stored at Worcester by spring/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68; 29/10/68.

Sold for scrap to R.E.Trem of Finningley and left Worcester after 29/10/68 and before 2/2/69.

D9502

Mid 12/66; Returned to service at Bristol,; noted at Gloucester 2/4/67; transferred to Cardiff 5/67; noted at Cardiff 16/7/67; stored at Worcester by 16/1/68; returned to service; reported at Ebbw Vale 26/10/68 and stored at Cardiff 20/2/69.

To NCB Ashington Colliery after 20/2/69.

D9503

Mid 12/66; 24/12/66; 18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull.   Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds, Harlaxton Quarry.

D9504

Mid 12/66; 24/12/66; 18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull.  Sold to NCB Philadelphia Colliery.

D9505

Mid 12/66; 24/12/66; 18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull. Sold to APCM Hope.

D9506

Spring/68; 26/3/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68.

To Arnott Young, Parkgate, Rotherham for scrap after 9/6/68. Cut up 12/68.

D9507

Stored at Worcester 4/67 or 5/67; (stored 5/67).

Returned to service at Hull.  Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby Quarries.

D9509

24/12/66; 18/1/67.

Returned to service at Bristol and transferred to Cardiff 8/67Withdrawn 10/68.   Still stored at Cardiff 8/70.Cut up by Cohen Kettering.

D9510

24/12/66; 18/1/67; (stored 5/67).

Returned to service at Hull.  Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds Buckminster Quarries.   Cut up c1981.

D9511

Stored at Worcester in April or May 1967; (stored 5/67).

Returned to service at Hull.  Sold to NCB Ashington Colliery.   Cut up 7/79.

D9513

Spring/68; 16/4/68.

To Arnott Young, Parkgate, Rotherham 7/68.  Sold to Hargreaves Industrial Services Ltd Crigglestone.

D9516

24/12/66.

To BR Hull.   Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby Quarries.  

D9517

Mid 12/66; 24/12/66.

Returned to service at Bristol.   Transferred to Cardiff 8/67. Noted at Ebbw Vale 26/10/68. Sold to NCB Ashington Colliery.  Cut Up 3/84.

D9522

Noted at Margam 16/7/67; stored at Worcester by 16/1/68; Spring/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68.

To Arnott Young, Parkgate, Rotherham for scrap.  Cut up 8/68.

D9529

Stored at Worcester 4/67 or 5/67; (stored 5/67).

Returned to service at Hull.   Sold to Stewart & Lloyds Buckminster Quarries.  

D9531

Arrived at Worcester 12/67; 16/1/68; Spring/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68.

To Arnott Young, Parkgate, , Rotherham 7/68.  Sold to Hargreaves Industrial Services Ltd Crigglestone.

D9534

Stored at Worcester 4/67 or 5/67; (stored 5/67).

Returned service at Hull.   Sold to APCM Hope.

D9551

18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull 1/67.   Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby Quarries.  

D9552

18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull.   Sold to Stewart & Lloyds Buckminster Quarries. Cut up 10/80.

D9554

Mid 12/66 – Mid 1/67; 18/1/67.

Returned to service at Hull.   Sold to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby Quarries. Cut up 8/82.

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.

A page about the class 14 locomotive can be found here

Class 22 North British Diesel Locomotives

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.

Number

Dates when noted stored at Worcester

Disposal

D6316

Spring/68; 12/4/68; 16/4/68; 9/6/68; 24&26/7/68; 29/10/68.

To Cashmore, Newport  for scrap between 29/10/68 and 2/2/69.  Noted at Ebbw Junction 12/68. Cut up by 7/6/69.

D6321

24&26/7/68; 29/10/68; 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 7/6/69.

D6324

29/10/68; 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 7/6/69.

D6325

29/10/68; 2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 7/6/69.

D6329

2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 4/5/69. Cut up by 7/6/69.

D6342

2/2/69; 12/4/69; 4/5/69.

To Cashmore, Newport for scrap after 4/5/69 and before 7/6/69.

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.

A page about class 22 locomotives can be found here

Sources:

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

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