The Big Pic­ture

Model Rail (UK) - - Opening The Box -

It was claimed that the ar­rival of the Class 66 in 1998 would erad­i­cate

tra­di­tional Bri­tish trac­tion. But this aerial view re­veals that some rather fa­mil­iar-look­ing shapes are still with us some 20 years on. This sort of line-up would have got en­thu­si­asts sali­vat­ing at the fence in days gone by. Some would have risked the wrath of rail­way staff by bunk­ing the de­pot. But, in the 21st cen­tury, all we need is a man in a he­li­copter with a cam­era to see ev­ery­thing on of­fer.

Out­side UK Rail Leas­ing’s Le­ices­ter de­pot on July 17 2018 are three

Class 50s, six ‘37s’, seven Class 56s, two Class 47s, a Class 58 and a York­shire En­gine Com­pany shunter. All of the ‘Grids’ in this shot have been sold to GBRF – it’s bought 15 in to­tal – and are planned to re­turn to ser­vice but with new en­gines and gen­er­a­tors. PHIL METCALFE

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