Neville Hill TMD

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Neville Hill TMD
Location Leeds, England
Coordinates 53°47′32″N 1°30′18″W / 53.7923°N 1.5051°W / 53.7923; -1.5051Coordinates: 53°47′32″N 1°30′18″W / 53.7923°N 1.5051°W / 53.7923; -1.5051
OS grid SE325330
Owner(s) East Midlands Trains
Depot code(s) 50B (1948–1960)[1]
55H (1960–1973)[1]
NL (1973–present)[1]
Type Diesel, HST, DMU, EMU
Opened 1904
Original North Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping LNER
Post-grouping British Railways

Neville Hill is a railway Train Maintenance Depot located in Osmondthorpe, Leeds, England on the Leeds to Selby Line. The depot is situated to the east of Leeds railway station.[2]

The depot code is NL.


The loco shed at Neville Hill was built by the North Eastern Railway at a cost of £132,971. It opened in 1904. Sometime during the 1950s the four-roundhouse shed was reduced by half and given a new frontage.

A DMU shed is believed to have been added in 1958 along with servicing facilities for diesels. D2000 series 0-6-0 diesel shunters were the first diesel locos allocated to Neville Hill, probably in that year; the quartet in 1961 comprised D2242-4/6.

At the formation of British Railways in 1948 the depot code was 50B, under York (50A). In 1959 it was transferred to the Leeds District under Holbeck (55A) and re-coded 55H. After 1973 the depot code became NL.[1]

In 1987, the depot had an allocation of Class 08 shunters. Classes 101, 108, 110, 111, 141, 142, 144 and 150 DMUs and Class 254 HSTs were also allocated.[3]

The line from Leeds City station to Neville Hill depot was electrified in the early 1990s as a corollary to the East Coast Main Line electrification project.[4] The electrification was energised in March 1993.[5]


The depot is operated by East Midlands Trains and Northern used for light and heavy maintenance, and train storage. Cross Country and Virgin Trains East Coast also use the site for train storage.[6] The site employs over 400 people (2009).[7]

Rolling stock in the modern era[edit]

As of 2011, East Midlands Trains had 24 Class 43s,[8] and 10 Mark 3 sets allocated to Neville Hill.[citation needed] Northern had Class 144, Class 153, Class 155, Class 321 and Class 333s allocated to Neville Hill.[9]

Virgin Trains East Coast carry out light maintenance and cleaning on their High Speed Train and InterCity 225 sets as well as CrossCountry High Speed Trains.

Neville Hill also has Class 08 diesel shunters owned by Maintrain Ltd., and Wabtec Rail Ltd.[9]

In 2012 East Midlands Train's facility at Neville Hill was used for the "Project Miller" restoration of a prototype Class 43 unit (Class 41) number 41001 to working condition.[10][11]

As of 2012 five Class 322s were allocated to Neville Hill,[citation needed], after being transferred from Scotland in the second half of 2011.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d "The all-time guide to UK Shed and Depot Codes" (PDF). 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Webster, Greengrass & Greaves 1987, p. 56
  3. ^ Marsden 1987, p. 86
  4. ^ Electrification of the East Coast Main Line: Project Completion Certificate, British Rail, 1 March 1992, section 1.b.ii, p.3; Appendix A, sheet 3, 
  5. ^ Electric Railway Society Journal, 38–39, p. 97 
  6. ^ Network Rail Route Specifications 2011 – London North Eastern (PDF), Network Rail, SRS H.06 Leeds-Colton Junction, p.165, retrieved 18 January 2013 
  7. ^ NEVILLE HILL TRAIN DEPOT OPENS ITS DOORS, Northern Rail, 8 September 2009, retrieved 18 January 2013 
  8. ^ "Power Car Fleet List 4 December 2011" (PDF),, retrieved 18 January 2013 
  9. ^ a b "Mainline fleet lists – Depot – NL – Neville Hill", Railway Scene, retrieved 19 July 2012 
  10. ^ Project Miller website blog, retrieved 18 January 2013 
  11. ^ Gwynne, Bob (17 July 2012), "The HST prototype project: strides forward", National Railway Museum blog, retrieved 18 January 2013 
  12. ^ "Northern to get Class 322 boost from December",, 13 Apr 2011 
  13. ^ "Class 322",, retrieved 17 December 2013 


Further reading[edit]

  • Dunn, Pip (5–18 November 1997). "Neville Hill in the lead!". RAIL. No. 317. EMAP Apex Publications. pp. 20–24. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Neville Hill depot at Wikimedia Commons