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Other Surviving Works Sites Around Leeds

As well as the former Round Foundry site in Holbeck and the numerous former works sites of Hunslet there are a few other works sites scattered round Leeds.

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North Eastern Railway Locomotive Department
Records from the North Eastern Railway show that they built ten of their locomotives in their own loco sheds at Armley. The locomotives in question appear to be very similar to locomotives they had built at the Railway Foundry and it is possible that they could have been supplied from the Railway Foundry in kit form, a similar arrangement having been done with the Midland Railway, more research is needed on this matter. The North Eastern Railway's early loco sheds largely survive today next to the Armley Gyratory in various retail and light industry uses. There is the roundhouse and a half and a long straight building that would have housed the maintenence facilities where any locomotives would have been assembled. The locomotive department transfared to Neville Hill in 1904, and to this day this remains the main passenger train maintenence facility for Leeds.
One notable feature of the old roundhouses is how small the turntables were, the facilities may have been big enough for the Victorian engines but in later years larger locomotives were built and it was not possible to expand these existing facilities.

The former maintenence facilities.

The full roundhouse at Armley. (Photos - Kris Ward)

This article was produced by Kris Ward, any feedback or contributions about the Leeds engine making industry would be greatly appreciated.