Black Country Bugle

Top spot for spotting steam locomotive­s


BACK in the 1950s a prime location for any railway enthu- siasts hoping to spot their favourite locomotive­s, from small shunters to heavyweigh­t leviathans, was at Bescot Yard.

Bescot Yard was built by the LNWR in 1881 as a waggon marshallin­g yard and was extended in 1892 with the addition of engine sheds for 32 locomotive­s, turntable and coal and watering facilities.

The footbridge at the nearby Bescot Station was a good place to view the action, as aging EX-LNWR G2 Class shunters marshalled waggons, or a Stanier 8F with a heavy goods train climbed up the ‘Bescot Curve’ to the Walsall-dudley line with the help of a ‘banker.’

This picture from around 1959 shows an EX-LMS Jubilee Class locomotive pulling into Bescot Yard. Sadly, the engine’s full number is not clear, but this class of locomotive was built in the mid-1930s and designed by William Stanier. 191 were built in total and after they were withdrawn from service and scrapped in the 1960s, four have been preserved.

One of them, 45593 Kolhapur, is currently at Tyseley Locomotive Works, awaiting an overhaul to return to steam.

 ?? ?? A steam locomotive pulling into Bescot Railway Yard, c.1959
A steam locomotive pulling into Bescot Railway Yard, c.1959

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