The Big Picture
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