Tinsley Motive Power Depot

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Tinsley TMD
LocationTinsley, South Yorkshire
Coordinates53°23′44″N 1°22′35″W / 53.3956°N 1.3765°W / 53.3956; -1.3765Coordinates: 53°23′44″N 1°22′35″W / 53.3956°N 1.3765°W / 53.3956; -1.3765
OS gridSK415889
Owner(s)British Rail
Depot code(s)TI (1973 –)[1]
Former depot code(s)41A (1964–1973)[1]

Tinsley Motive Power Depot, latterly Tinsley Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD), was a railway depot in Tinsley, South Yorkshire, near Sheffield. Access by road was from Brinsworth, near Rotherham. The depot was situated on the freight line between Treeton Junction and the A631 Shepcote Lane.[2]


The depot was built as part of the Sheffield district rail rationalisation plan of the 1960s opening during 1965 and situated adjacent to, but at a higher level than, the new Tinsley Marshalling Yard alongside the Sheffield District Railway.

Diesel locomotives had been stationed at the old steam shed at Grimesthorpe until the new facilities were completed and the locomotives were moved to their new home. The site also included a small electric locomotive servicing shed at the south end of the Secondary Yard, replacing the facilities at Darnall. Diesel railcars, which had been serviced at Darnall, were moved to a new servicing depot adjacent to the "Fish Dock" at the south end of Sheffield Midland station.

During the sectorisation period of British Rail, the depot came under the control of Railfreight Distribution (RFD). The sub-sector was responsible for non-trainload freight operations, as well as Freightliner and intermodal services.

In 1995, as a part of the reorganisation for Privatisation, RFD was required to relinquish some of its Class 47s to a new sector; Freightliner. The following year, EWS bought RFD, mostly for the lucrative Channel Tunnel operations.

Since the Class 47s were considered 'life expired' by EWS management, and there were other depot facilities relatively close by (Toton, Bescot and Doncaster), and the other RFD locomotives were all electrics based at Crewe Electric TMD, the need for the Sheffield depot was deemed unnecessary.

In 1998 the shed closed[3] and by June 2006 the site had been completely cleared for new development and all that remained was the abutments of the rail overbridge used for access.


In October 1965 the allocation of motive power to Tinsley depot was as follows:

Around 1987, the depot's allocation included Classes 08, 20, 31, 37, 45 and 47.[2] However, Class 56s and DMUs could also be seen stabled there.[4]


  1. ^ a b "The all-time guide to UK Shed and Depot Codes" (PDF). TheRailwayCentre.com. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Marsden 1987, pp. 18–19
  3. ^ Chapman, Stephen (2013). Railway Memories No 27 – Sheffield. Rudston: Bellcode Books. p. 126. ISBN 978-1871233-28-5.
  4. ^ Webster, Greengrass & Greaves 1987, p. 81


Further reading[edit]

  • "Axe falls on Tinsley TMD". Rail Express. No. 22. Mortons Media Group Ltd. March 1998. ISSN 1362-234X.
  • Batty, Stephen R. (June 1984). Rail Centres: Sheffield. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1366-7. CE/0684.
  • "Tinsley's last stand". Traction. No. 44. Warners Group Publications. June 1998. ISSN 1354-2680.
  • Sutton, Philip (June 1996). "Tinsley – three decades of change". Rail Express. No. 1. Foursight Publications Ltd. pp. 42–43, 45. ISSN 1362-234X. OCLC 498432844.
  • "Track lifting starts at Tinsley depot". RAIL. No. 346. EMAP Apex Publications. 16–29 December 1998. p. 8. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.

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