Vic Berry's Scrapyard at Leicester

The information on this page spotlights the Class 25's which were broken up by Vic Berry. It should therefore not be considered a comprehensive look at all the locomotives and rolling stock that ended their days at Vic Berry's Leicester yard.

When the Class 25's were first delivered in to service back in the early 1960's, it would be hard to imagine some twenty five years on, just how the machines would end their days. A good bet would have been that the railway workshops as in days gone by would scrap them as their working lives came to an end. Which was how many of the those withdrawn in the 1970's were dealt with. But as the pace of withdrawals increased and the roles played by the Workshops changed, the private scrapyards, as in the steam days, began to play a much more significant role.

By the time Vic Berry's yard at Leicester had begun to scrap locomotive I was no longer in the UK, so I'm very grateful to a number of contributors who have supplied some interesting (if not despairing) views of the yard, which although perhaps most famous for its three tier stack of Class 25/27's did cut up many other types of locomotives, railcars and non-powered rolling stock.

It was in 1973 that Vic Berry established his scrapyard at Braunstone Gate, previously the site of Braunstone Gate Goods Yard situated on the former Great Central Railway's Marylebone - Leicester route, and located south of the former GC Leicester Central station. During those early years the bread and butter for the company was breaking up freight wagons and passenger coaches. The first locomotives arrived in April 1983 - three Class 76's. More electrics followed in 1984 with examples of Classes 82,83 & 84. The reorganisation of the former BREL Workshops ended the once traditional task of breaking up of locomotives and other rolling stock. This task was picked up by a number of private scrapyards, including Vic Berry's. Additionally the increasing rate of withdrawals for many of the Modernisation Plan classes, coupled to the desire to eliminate much of the older rolling stock containing asbestos led to an increasing volume of railway vehicles requiring disposal.

The withdrawn locomotives remaining at the railway workshops suffered a mixed fate. Those at Glasgow would be removed to Thornton Junction, Doncaster sent theirs to Goole for temporary storage whilst Vic Berry obtained the contract to clear Swindon of its scrap locomotives. At Derby Works Vic Berry broke up the remains of 25261 during December 1985 and in March 1986 disposed of collision damaged 25033 & 25088 at Etches Park. The first movement of locomotives to Leicester took place at the end of October 1986 when Goole was cleared of its stored locomotives.

25060 heads a long line of withdrawn locomotives at Goole on October 18th 1986. 25060 had been withdrawn from Crewe during December 1985, moved to Doncaster Works on January 21st 1986, then to Goole by August 1986.
Photograph courtesy A Healey.

1987

As 1987 began, so the trickle of locomotives reaching Leicester started to grow considerably. The movement of withdrawn locomotives to the railway workshops had generally ceased during April/May 1986, now with the private scrapyards successfully tendering for the withdrawn locomotives the movements of scrap machines could restart. On January 9th 1987 the first of these movements took place with 25064, 25198, 25224/269 being sent from Crewe. At Derby Works 25200, 40075, 45057, 45117 were despatched to Leicester, leaving the Works on January 19th 1987. 25200 was the last Class 25 to be present at Derby Works. Another batch of locomotives was sent from Crewe on January 23rd 1987, being 25048, 25145/175, 25231, 25303.

On January 29th 1987 25028, 25318, 27016/027 were sent from Glasgow Works to Thornton Junction. A start was made on cutting up the locomotives, but the presence of asbestos in some of the machines caused the cutting up operations to stop. Any remaining locomotives at Thornton Junction would be despatched to Leicester for processing.

During the late 1970's 25287 survived a short period of time withdrawn at Derby Works prior to repair & re-instatement. However by December 1985 final withdrawal had come and 25287 was consigned to Doncaster Works for scrapping. It later moved to Goole, was acquired by Vic Berry and moved to Leicester. Seen here on January 31st 1987 it would be broken up during February 1987. A battery box from a Class 25 sits in the foreground.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.

Distance travelled would be no problem for Vic Berry when acquiring locomotives, on March 12th 1987 25051 began its long journey from Carlisle to Leicester via Warrington, Crewe & Bescot. Likewise 25028, 25318, 26013 made the long trip from Thornton Jct via Mossend, Carlisle & Crewe to Leicester arriving on June 9th 1987.

The situation at Swindon Works was not a pretty sight. A number of locomotives remained at the closed Workshops, the solution for their disposal was to drag them to Leicester in several movements. Initially the locomotives were moved over to Cocklebury Yard and then sent on to Leicester via Oxford. Four dead-engine movements were required to clear Swindon of its Class 25's. Generally the locomotives were moved in batches of four, the first to reach Leicester were 25093, 25180/193, 25306 which had left Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd and reached Vic Berry's on June 4th 1987. The last movement to reach Leicester was the largest with 25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 departing Cocklebury Yard on June 2nd 1987 and entering Vic Berry's yard on June 11th 1987.

With the arrival of 25046, 25160, 27016 from Thornton Yard on June 30th 1987, all the Class 25's previously held by the workshops at Derby, Doncaster, Glasgow & Swindon had been cleared. It was now left to clear out all the remaining Class 25's held at a variety of depots. And this would happen with a vengance, during June & July 1987 Crewe depot alone despatched thirty Class 25's to Leicester.

The growing volume of scrap rolling stock being received at Leicester created a bit of a storage problem in the yard! The solution was to create stacks of locomotives and other rolling stock. For the locomotives the bogies, fuel tanks, battery boxes, buffers and major internal components were removed, allowing the locomotives to be stacked three high. The contents of the stack would ebb and flow, the position of a particular locomotive in the stack might extend its life for a little longer than its neighbours. This randomness is well captured in the movement of 25034, 25037, 25095 & 25190 from Crewe to Lecicester on May 29th, 1987. 25037 & 25190 were broken up shortly after arrival, 25034 & 25095 were placed in the stack, 25034 remained intact until March 1988 whilst 25095 was not broken up until February 1989.

September 1987

A busy view of the yard with a great variety of stock on hand, September 18th 1987. The stacks of rolling stock and locomotives are clearly visible on the left, whilst a jumble of cabs can be seen to the right - these would be cut up when other work in the yard slowed down.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
With the cabs requiring more time and effort to cut they were frequently tossed to one side until resources were available to finish them off. September 18th 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
September 18th 1987, the scenic view - 27049/053/037 on display amongst the thirty odd locomotives present in the stack. When new the Class 27's were regular performers on the Midland mainline through Leicester, back then it would have been a longshot to suggest that many would end their days in a Leicester scrapyard.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Better days would have seen these three fine machines at Eastfield, now they're just so much fodder for the scrapman, September 18th 1987. 27037 & 27053 would be broken up during August 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
History, of some sort, in the making at Vic Berry's Yard on September 18th 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
27049/053/037 form the end locomotives on the stack at Vic Berry's Yard on September 18th 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
September 18th 1987, a slightly different view of the stack. Visible on the top row is 25095 with its unique livery embellishments - it would not be broken up until May 1989.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
A view across the yard on September 18th 1987 as 27052 and another Class 27 slowly disappear.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
The heart of the business - something to scrap, the tools to scrap it with, a good supply of dismembered parts and a generous helping of mud. 27052 on September 18th 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
On September 18th 1987 all that remains of 25158 are its cabs, put aside until the breaking up of larger items has been completed, then the cutters would return to the multitude of cabs frequently found scattered about the yard. 25158 had been withdrawn from Crewe during May 1983, stored at Newton Heath before moving to Swindon in June 1984. It was still extent when the Works closed, so moved to Leicester during June 1987. The cabs would remain at least until November 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Not quite Vic Berry's Yard but many locomotives sent to Berry's laid over at Leicester, Humberstone Road before being tripped to Berry's. 97405 on September 18th 1987.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

With Crewe having been cleared of Class 25's the few remaining at other depots, with the exception of Bescot, were gradually moved to Leicester over the next couple of years. Not all the news was bad however, some Class 25's which had been received by Vic Berry's had been sold into preservation. These would require removal of any asbestos prior to leaving the yard for their new homes. During September & October 1987 25059, 25173 & 25244 left the yard for a brighter future.

During December 1987 25191 & 25278 left the yard for a new life in preservation.

After two years dumped at Toton 25072 made its way to Leicester early in December 1987. It would spend about three months here before being sold into preservation.

January 1988

The wanderings of 25176 finally came to an end on January 25th 1988 when it entered Vic Berry's yard. It had been withdrawn in March 1987 and dumped at Longsight. At the end of July 1987 it was towed to Ashburys for no apparent reason, then returned to Longsight. It left Longsight again on November 26th 1987 en-route to Leicester via Crewe, Basford Hall and Bescot. It arrived at Leicester depot on December 18th 1987 but was moved to Toton on January 6th 1988, then back to Leicester two days later. By July 1988 25176 was no more.

April 1988

25909 entered Vic Berry's yard on April 22nd 1988 after travelling from Carlisle via Crewe & Bescot. The locomotive had been received for asbestos removal, leaving the yard on June 2nd 1988 and into preservation.

May 1988

A greatly reduced stack with 27053 on the ground, 27025 on the second row and 27023 on the third row. The arrival of other types of locomotives (Classes 20/31/45/47/50) for cutting allowed 25095 to maintain its precarious existance on the top of the stack for a while longer.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Another view from May 1st 1988, of doorless DMU's and a great quantity of cabs, a mixture from Classes 25 & 27.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

June 1988

A line up of 25265, 25035 & 45144 on June 5th 1989. The two Type 2's will eventually move on into preservation. 45144 suffered derailment damage at Malago Vale carriage sidings, after withdrawal it was dispatched from there direct to Vic Berry's. By July 1988 it would be no more.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

Arrivals in July 1988 included 25032 which had spent over two years dumped at Toton, it would survive until scrapped in early January 1989.

25908 had been withdrawn in November 1986 and moved to Toton by April 1987 for use as department ADB968026. It was never renumbered and appears to have remained unused in its time at Toton. It entered Vic Berry's yard on July 5th 1988 and remained intact until broken up late in January 1989.

August 1988

Its August 20th 1988 and the stack is much smaller. 27023 & 25095 sit on top, the only other easily identifiable machine on this damp day is 27025.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.

September 1988

Front and center is an unidentified Class 20 cab surrounded by other Class 20's & 45's, September 1st 1988.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
With all the locomotives types and parts on display this should be Derby Works, but alas its not and everything in view has turned its last wheel. Behind the set of Class 45 bogies is 45116 - September 1st 1988.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Another view of the diminishing stack of locomotives on September 1st 1988, the Class 27's nearest the camera are unchanged however Class 45's now grace the other end.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

October 1988

As they had in their service careers for over twenty years, a Class 25 & 40 sit side by side awaiting their next turn of duty, which in this case will never come. 25908 on October 30th 1988
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
A miserable damp October 22nd 1988 reveals a scene of dismemberment in Berry's yard. Front and center is part of 45069 and to the left under the arm of the tracked vehicle is a Sulzer power unit.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

December 1988

During December the Class 25's at Carlisle were made ready for movement to Leicester:

25178 & 25213 spent a considerable time dumped at Carlisle before commencing their final journey (together?) on November 30th 1988 to Leicester via Basford Hall and Toton, reaching Vic Berry's yard on December 19th 1988. 25173 would be broken up during March 1989. 25213 would be broken up during December 1990, believed to be the last complete locomotive at Vic Berry's yard.

25311 also entered Vic Berry's yard on December 19th 1988 having made the long journey from Carlisle as well, which had commenced on December 12th 1988. By late March 1989 it had been broken up.

A day after the arrival of 25178 & 25213 from Carlisle 25266, 25282 & 25911 entered Vic Berry's yard. They too had been dumped at Carlisle for over two years reaching Vic Berry's yard on December 20th 1988 after travelling via Workington, Carnforth and Basford Hall. 25266 was broken up during February 1989, 25282 & 25911 the following month.

December 2nd 1988, the future looks bright for 97201, 25908's future doesn't look so rosy, by the end of the month it will be no more.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
December 2nd 1988 - an unidentified Class 45, well part of it, is manouevred round the yard with a crane. Vic Berry frequently cut the big Class 45's into three parts in their demolition of them.
Photograph courtesy M Kaye.
The sun shines for a shortwhile longer on the diminishing stack of Class 27' & 25's, December 2nd 1988.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye. (And also to Gary Thornton for a very similar B&W view.)

January 1989

Its now January 15th 1989 and 25908 is now little more than a few bits and pieces, with the battered cabs being the most recogniseable parts.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.

March 1989

The arrival of 25202 at Vic Berry's yard on March 22nd 1989 marked the end of an interesting interlude following its withdrawal at Etches Park during July 1986. It would move to Stratford during July 1987, by month end it would be at Peterborough and at March by the middle of September 1987. After six months here it left for Doncaster where it rested for another year. On March 17th 1989 it moved to Toton, then Leicester and on into Vic Berry's yard. It would finally be cut up during June 1989.

Delivered from Gorton in October 1965, 25282's existance ended like many others in Vic Berry's yard at Leicester. In between those dates and places there is no doubt that D7632/25282 travelled over much of the BR network, including occasional forays onto Southern metals.Although the view is not dated its believed to be sometime during March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
To the background of several Class 25 & 27 cabs, a bogie from a Class 25 succumbs to the cutters torch on March 5th 1989.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
Having been removed from the stack and un-ceremoniously chopped in two 25911 awaits its final deliverance, March 5th 1989.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
One of Vic Berry's men cuts into the framework of a Class 25 bogie, March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.

On May 25th 1989 25254 was received at Vic Berry's yard after over two and a half years dumped at Springs Branch. By the end of June 1989 it would be no more.

After nearly three years dumped at Springs Branch 25907 made its last journey, from Springs Branch to Leicester, arriving in Vic Berry's yard on May 25th 1989. It would be scrapped by the middle of July 1989.

June 1989

On May 31st 1989 25903 moved from Carlisle via Crewe, Nuneaton & Leicester, entering Vic Berry's yard on June 5th 1989. In this view from June 11th the locomotive is off its bogies and the engine has been removed. By the last week of June 1989 25903 was all gone.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

August 1989

Parts of 47408 on August 21st 1989 - not a pretty sight, but better remembered romping up and down the ECML as an almost permanent fixture whilst taking advantage of East Midlands Ranger tickets back in the late 1970's - Happy Days!!
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Parts of 47103 & 50047 on August 21st 1989.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Looks like an EE 16 cylinder out of 50047 and 25202, well some of it, to the right. August 21st 1989.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Another ECML stalwart comes home for the last time, 47420 on August 21st 1989. The cross section profile clearly shows the lack of a substantial underframe, with the body designed to take more of the load bearing stresses. Definately a weight saving idea, but liable to lead to more costly repairs if the structure became compromised in a collision.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

February 1990

One of those views you don't see too often, fortunately. A cross-section of 31322 on February 6th 1990. To the left are the exhausters, the red pipework is the fire equipment, the battery isolating switch is center bottom and the compressors are to the right.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Well here is two thirds of the unfortunate 31322, awaiting final dispatch into smaller pieces, February 6th 1990.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
47410 on February 6th 1990 with engine removed and waiting for its final demise. In the foreground are the remains of what appears to be DMU.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Name your price! Apparently these plates were being offered at about GBP150 each. Of course the bicycle might be more useful.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.
Two grounded Class 20's with 20201 nearest the camera on February 6th 1990.
Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye.

August 1990

August 18th 1990.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
A variery of rolling stock reaches skyward on August 18th 1990.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 E75269 (302296) and E61107.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 S71161 unloaded in just 75 minutes.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 85019, 85025, CIE 208 & 219.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 CIE 219.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 85025 & 85019.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 M56149 & M56120.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 S60521 & S60524.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.
August 18th 1990 M2009 and M2417.
Photograph courtesy Robert Inns.

Class 25's broken up at Vic Berry's Leicester yard.

LocomotiveLast ShedWithdrawnMoved FromDate ReceivedCut Up ByComments
25027CD5/83 Saltley June 11th 1987 October 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25028HA12/80 Millerhill* June 9th 1987 June 1987 From Thornton Jct (see note)
25032CD3/86 Toton July 15th 1988 January 1989 ..
25034CD12/86 Basford Hall June 1987 March 1988 Stack
25035CD3/87 Basford Hall Sept 11th 1987 Sold Preserved
25037CD1/87 Basford Hall May 29th 1987 June 1987 ..
25042CD5/86 Crewe July 24th 1987 October 1987 ..
25046HA2/81 Haymarket* June 30th 1987 July 1987 From Thornton Jct (see note)
25048CD2/86 Crewe Jan 21st 1987 April 1987 ..
25051CD9/85 Kingmoor March 3rd 1987 April 1987 ..
25057CD3/87 Basford Hall Sept 11th 1987 Sold Preserved
25058CD2/87 Basford Hall July 24th 1987 January 1989 Stack
25059CD3/87 Basford Hall July 6th 1987 Sold Preserved
25060CD12/85 Doncaster Works* October 30th 1986 April 1987 From Goole (see note)..
25064CD12/85 Crewe Jan 12th 1987 March 1987 ..
25072CD12/85 Crewe Dec 2nd 1987 Sold Preserved
25075CW3/83 Cricklewood June 11th 1987 July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25078CD9/85 Bescot* October 30th 1986 April 1987 From Goole (see note)
25089CD2/86 Crewe July 20th 1987 October 1987 ..
25093BS11/82 Bescot June 4th 1987 March 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25095CD7/86 Crewe May 29th 1987 February 1989 Stack
25109CD3/87 Basford Hall Sept 11th 1987 December 1987 ..
25123CD5/83 ?? June 11th 1987 July 1987 Stack - From Swindon (see note)
25126CD11/82 Newton Heath June 8th 1987 December 1987 Stack - From Swindon (see note)
25131CW12/82 Toton June 11th 1987 June 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25133KD8/83 Derby Works June 11th 1987 June/July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25134BS12/82 Newton Heath June 8th 1987 March 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25144BS4/83 ?? June 11th 1987 June/July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25145KD1/86 Crewe Jan 26th 1987 May 1987 ..
25154BS3/85 Tyseley July 10th 1987 November 1987 Stack
25158CD5/83 Newton Heath June 11th 1987 June/July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25160CD10/82 Polmadie* June 23rd 1987 July 1987 From Thornton Jct (see note)
25161CD11/84 Toton June 5th 1987 March 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25164CD8/83 ?? June 8th 1987 December 1987 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25173CD3/87 Crewe Gresty Lane July 30th 1987 Sold Preserved
25175CD12/85 Crewe January 26th 1987 May 1987 ..
25176CD3/87 Longsight* January 25th 1988 July 1988 ..
25178CD4/85 Kingmoor December 19th 1988 March 1989 ..
25180CW11/82 Saltley* June 4th 1987 March 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25190CD1/87 Basford Hall May 29th 1987 June 1987 ..
25191CD3/87 Basford Hall July 9th 1987 Sold Preserved
25192CD5/86 Tyseley July 10th 1987 November 1987 Stack
25193CD11/84 Toton June 4th 1987 November 1987 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25195CD6/85 Toton* October 30th 1986 December 1986 From Goole (see note)
25196KD3/86 Crewe July 20th 1987 August 1987 ..
25198KD2/86 Crewe January 12th 1987 February 1987 ..
25199CD2/87 Basford Hall June 3rd 1987 April 1989 ..
25200KD2/86 Derby Works January 27th 1987 February 1987 ..
25201CD1/87 Basford Hall July 30th 1987 January 1988 ..
25202CD7/86 Etches Park* March 22nd 1989 June 1989 ..
25207BS11/84 Toton June 5th 1987 March 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25208LO5/84 ?? June 5th 1987 July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25212CD5/85 Basford Hall July 9th 1987 November 1987 Stack
25213CD3/87 Carlisle December 19th 1988 December 1990 ..
25224CD5/86 Crewe January 12th 1987 February 1987 ..
25228LO3/84 Derby Works June 11th 1987 June 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25230CD6/86 Crewe July 20th 1987 October 1987 Stack
25231CD8/85 Basford Hall January 26th 1987 May 1987 ..
25234CD2/85 Derby Works June 11th 1987 June/July 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25244CD7/86 Crewe June 3rd 1987 Sold Preserved
25249CD1/87 Basford Hall June 3rd 1987 March 1989 Stack
25254CD9/86 Springs Branch May 25th 1989 June 1989 ..
25257CD12/85 Toton October 30th 1986 January 1987 From Goole (see note)
25260BS12/82 Etches Park June 8th 1987 December 1987 From Swindon (see note)
25265CD3/87 Basford Hall September 11th 1987 Sold Preserved
25266CD9/86 Carlisle December 20th 1988 February 1989 ..
25269KD4/86 Crewe January 12th 1987 March 1987 ..
25278CD3/87 Basford Hall July 9th 1987 Sold Preserved
25279CD3/87 Crewe July 28th 1987 Sold Preserved
25282CD3/86 Crewe* December 20th 1988 March 1989 ..
25285CD3/86 Crewe July 24th 1987 October 1987 ..
25287CD12/85 Toton* November 4th 1986 February 1987 From Goole (see note)
25288CD2/87 Basford Hall July 30th 1987 April 1988 Stack
25303CD2/86 Crewe January 26th 1987 May 1987 ..
25306CD2/85 Cricklewood June 4th 1987 February 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25311CD3/86 Crewe* December 19th 1988 March 1989 ..
25313CD3/87 Basford Hall September 11th 1987 Sold Preserved
25318SP7/82 Toton* June 9th 1987 June 1987 From Thornton Jct (see note)
25323CD3/87 Basford Hall July 6th 1987 November 1987 Stack
25324CD12/85 Willesden July 20th 1987 October 1987 Stack
25327BS2/84 Crewe June 5th 1987 March 1988 Stack - from Swindon (see note)
25902 (25268)KM3/87 Basford Hall July 6th 1987 November 1987 Stack
25903 (25276)KM3/87 Carlisle June 5th 1989 June 1989 ..
25904 (25283)KM3/87 Basford Hall July 6th 1987 Sold Preserved
25906 (25296)KM11/86 Basford Hall June 3rd 1987 December 1987 ..
25907 (25297)KM9/86 Springs Branch May 25th 1989 July 1989 ..
25908 (25307)KM11/86 Springs Branch* July 5th 1988 January 1989 ..
25909 (25309)KM9/86 Carlisle April 22nd 1988 Sold Preserved
25910 (25315)KM3/87 Crewe July 24th 1987 September 1987 ..
25911 (25316)KM9/86 Carlisle December 20th 1988 March 1989 ..

Notes
'Moved From' column:
Locations with an asterisk * indicates that the locomotive spent considerable time at more than one storage point.
'Comments' column:
From Goole - locomotives moved from Doncaster Works to Goole for storage prior to movement to Leicester
From Swindon - a complete locomotive present at Swindon when the Works closed, locomotive then moved to Leicester
From Thornton Jct - locomotives moved from Glasgow Works to Thornton Jct for scrapping, but then forwarded to Leicester
Stack - a locomotive which at some point was placed in the stack or pyramid in Vic Berry's yard.

Locomotives broken up elsewhere by Vic Berry:
25033, 25088, 25151, 25181, 25261

Locomotives broken up elsewhere but cabs were transported to Leicester:
25076, 25086, 25135, 25136, 25138, 25140, 25153, 25214, 25236, 25239, 25251, 25270, 25284.

A misty morning in Vic Berry's yard finds a selection of locomotive cabs in various states of destruction.
Photographs courtesy Ken Hastwell.

During March 1991 a serious fire at the scrapyard amongst other things led to the release of quantities of asbestos into the air. The fire is believed to have started by homeless people using the rolling stock as a place to live temporarily. In the aftermath of the fire the yard was closed.

Resources:
In Focus: Vic Berry's by Ashley Butlin, Coorlea Publishing, 1988

Page added April 22nd 2006.
Last updated July 31st 2011

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