MORE than 44,000 visitors flocked to the Locomotion museum for the nine-day Shildon Shed Bash free festival, which marked the end of the National Railway Museum’s ‘Scotsman’ season.
The concept of the shed bash dates from the 1950s and 60s, a grand tour of an area to visit as many engine sheds as possible in a region during a period of time, with the hope as seeing the maximum amount of locomotives.
The North East, with its rich industry and heavy goods traffic, was home to many sheds, with County Durham, stretching from Darlington to Gateshead, home to 15. Darlington 51A , Gateshead 52A, Sunderland South Dock 54A and Tyne Dock 54B are some of the better known – all sadly long-since gone, along with the engines once allocated and the traffic flows that once sustained them.
Read more in the latest issue of Heritage Railway