SK5336 : Beeston Sleeper Depot, 1959

taken 59 years ago, near to Beeston, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Beeston Sleeper Depot, 1959
Beeston Sleeper Depot, 1959
The Midland Railway (later LMS, later still British Railways) Sleeper Depot - marked as Creosote Works on old railway maps - is long gone, its site now covered by industrial units. Unusually, it had a 3ft-gauge railway system. Still more unusually, this antique-looking narrow-gauge locomotive, No 1, was actually owned by British Railways. It had replaced an earlier engine in 1956, having been bought by BR from a dealer, and originally worked at Tuttle Hill Granite Quarry, Nuneaton LinkExternal link , where it was delivered new in 1911. It was built by W G Bagnall of Stafford - Mercedes Class, Works No 1889. It worked for only a couple of years at Beeston before being replaced by a diesel, but, parked here and never turning a wheel, was visible from passing trains and exciting to 11-year-old trainspotters. One Sunday, I persuaded my father to drive over to Beeston for a close look, and I took this Kodak Brownie shot, which shows my school friend Laurence Tansley on the footplate. No 1 survives, at the Amerton Railway LinkExternal link in its native Staffordshire, after many years rusting away in an enthusiast's garden.
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1959   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 5 May, 2010
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Railway (narrow gauge)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 539 368 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.5871N 1:11.9623W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 539 368
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