08627 Temple Mills Main Yard
Spring 1984 and Temple Mills is still vast but in major decline. The hump had been closed in 1982, so the main sorting sidings (centre and right) are empty. Speedlink traffic is sorted in the Manor Yard (the area around the shunter in the distance to the left). Back in 1970 the yard handled 4,000 wagons a day, compared to around 200 when this picture was taken.
Looking at the 1959 plan of the yard, the building in the right foreground was the yardmasters office and Manor Yard signal box. Behind the brakevan were the transit cattle pens. In Michael Rhodes excellent book 'British Marshalling Yards' there is a lovely picture from 1954 of an LMS shunter and a cattle van with the horns of the cows clearly visible.
The hump and control tower are above and to the right of 08627 near to the centre of the picture.
Apparently back in the '50's the brake van road had a set of hydraulic buffer stops installed capable of dealing with a van travelling at 12mph. I wonder how many times that was put to the test..........