Engine Sheds

The Swallowdale Railway has two locomotive depots; the main shed at Beckfoot and a smaller outpost (sub-shed) located at Swallowdale. Neither of these is able to provide covered accommodation. The main feature of the depots is that they are of steel construction to minimise fire risks.

Beckfoot Shed

This depot has two engine roads and both are equipped with inspection pits, one of which is deep enough to allow fire lighting for any visiting spirit-fired locomotives. A Liquified Petrolium Gas (LPG) fuel dump is located nearby as are supplies of purified water, steam oil and engine oil.

All locomotive preparation and disposal is carried out at Beckfoot i.e. fuelling, oiling, watering and used oil disposal after service runs.

Swallowdale Shed

This is a single-road facility located just past the end of the platform at Swallowdale. Locomotives are sometimes refuelled and watered here as required. Battery-electric loco No.5 JACKIE is stabled here between banking duties.

Beckfoot shed 15 Oct 2020
John and Susan cool their wheels on Beckfoot shed 15/Oct/2020 (click to enlarge)
John on Beckfoot shed 15 Oct 2020
John on Beckfoot shed 15 Oct 2020 (click to enlarge)
Jackie on Beckfoot shed 15 Oct 2020
Jackie on Beckfoot shed 15 Oct 2020 (click to enlarge)