Names from ‘engine stable’ to ‘traction maintenance depot’ have been given to the buildings that housed off-duty steam engines, diesel locomotives, and later, multiple-units. In steam days engines should either have been stabled in roundhouses or straight sheds, but in many cases they had to be prepared for duty in the open as there was inadequate covered accommodation. Countless books have been written on the steam engine, many illustrating them at rest ‘on shed’, but up until now there has been no account bringing together the history of the sheds themselves with diagrams, maps and drawings, for those in the North East of England.
This profusely illustrated casebound book charts the history of the 110 engine sheds that existed between the 1840s, and the present day in the North East, whether built by the constituents of the North Eastern Railway, or by the company itself. The first two chapters describe the infrastructure to be found at a typical shed and the working conditions of the staff employed. At the core of this book is a gazetteer of the engine sheds, supported by a shed diagram, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, and photographs together with selected architectural drawings. Sheds built post-nationalization are also described; sheds, such as Cambois and Thornaby having their own gazetteer entries. Appendices cover working life in a shed during the last decade of steam, and breakdown crane working arrangements.
This 216 page 279 x 216 mm size publication is printed on gloss art paper throughout with a casebound cover. There are 167 shed diagrams and maps, numerous architectural drawings and over 200 photographs. ISBN 978-1-911360-26-1.
** Now available **