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Freight Marshalling Yards


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The Development, Operation and Decline of  British Railways Marshalling Yards

In the post war years British Railways embarked on a major re-organisation of the freight network. A centrepiece was the building of a number of major marshalling yards which would centralise freight and lead to considerable improvements in efficiency and cost savings.  In this programme we look at their history and development in the British Railways era using archive film.

The Programme Comprises:

Wath Yard with the Woodhead electrics in the 1950s and 1970s.

Toton Yard in the 1950s and 1960s with coal traffic along with film from the 1980s and 1990s showing traffic in and around the extensive site. The story is brought right up to date with film from the present day.

Wagonload Traffic and a brief history of the development of traditional wagon movements.

Carlisle Kingmoor from its opening in the 1960s, through the intervening years to the present day with a wide variety of traffic.

Temple Mills and a look at yard movements and motive power.

Whitemoor Yard in the 1950s plus the motive power depot and approach lines with a variety of traffic and diesel haulage.

Tinsley Yard in the 1980s and 1990s.

Healey Mills and a variety of freight

South Wales Yards with Severn Tunnel Junction, Swansea Burrows and Margham Yards.

Plus a miscellany of yards in the BR era featuring Wellingborough Finedon Road, Feltham, Hoo Junction, Tonbridge, Tees Yard and York.

 
Freight Marshalling Yards