Southall Railway Centre

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Southall Railway Centre is a railway heritage centre at Southall in west London, near to Southall railway station and the Grand Union Canal. Formerly of the Great Western Railway the site is now run partly by Locomotive Services Ltd. and West Coast Railway Company, both of whom lease the site from Network Rail. The location is not open to the public.

The GWR Preservation Group Limited (GWRPG) lease part of the West Coast Railway section of the site for their own use.[1]


November 1962, GWR 6959 Class 7923 Speke Hall sites outside the British Railways 1953 constructed Southall Shed

There has been a locomotive shed at Southall since 1859. Originally a Great Western Railway shed (Code: SHL), it was rebuilt as a six-road shed in 1884. Demolished in 1953, it was replaced by a more modern British Railways constructed steam shed (Code: 81C). Southall was the last London steam depot on the Western Region of British Railways, outlasting Old Oak Common and finally closing to steam in December 1965.

The depot was later used for DMU maintenance for ten years before final operational closure under British Railways. From 1993 to 1998, it was use as a base for the electrification programme for the Heathrow Express.

Current use[edit]

The GWR Preservation Group (Southall Railway Centre) view from Glade Lane

Currently the site, now referred to as the Southall Railway Centre, is used by three independent groups:

GWRPG locomotives[edit]

Some of these locomotives are at Southall, some are stored at other locations. There is also an assortment of goods and passenger rolling stock at Southall.


  1. ^ "Southall Railway Centre". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Southall Railway Centre". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Locomotive Movements for 2013 – updated | Southall Railway Centre". 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 0°22′13″W / 51.50667°N 0.37028°W / 51.50667; -0.37028