Worcester Locomotive Shed: Engines & Train Workings (Pen & Sword)

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An in-depth study of the former Great Western Railway steam motive power depot at Worcester and the duties operated by the locomotives stationed there. This provincial city was a busy and fascinating rail centre with main line passenger and freight services passing through alongside local passenger and freight tripping duties that together provided an endless panorama of railway activity.

Worcester Locomotive Shed: Engines and Train Workings takes a detailed look at the locomotive shed and how it functioned, particularly during the latter days of steam. Information has been drawn from official records, as well as from the personal reminiscences of former footplate and shed staff, ensuring that local custom and practice is well recorded in the story.

The depot’s sub-sheds at Evesham, Honeybourne, Kingham and Ledbury are all covered in detail as well as the Worcester Locomotive Works.

Worcester was also home to the fondly remembered ex-GWR diesel railcars and it was their last operational base at the time of their final withdrawal in 1962. Their role in the area is well document in photographs and words.

Worcester Locomotive Shed: Engines and Train Workings is both a valuable historical record and a fascinating and readable story of a large motive power depot in the latter days of steam. Includes around 200 black & white illustrations and diagrams. 224 pages. Hardback.

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