Vic Berry’s Scrapyard was a Leicester, England landmark from 1973 to 1991 when it was destroyed in a massive fire set by unknown, presumably train-hating, arsonists. Specializing in asbestos removal, Vic Berry’s set a standard for large-scale industrial recycling while its more well-known claim to fame was an immense pyramid of 30 disused Class 25 and 27 locomotives that reached its greatest height and breadth in 1987.
This shot of a WD 2-8-0 No 90470 in the snow at Castleton station has a wealth of detail. The locomotive was shedded at both Wakefield (56A) and at Sowerby Bridge (56E) during the 1960s. The train is a mixed freight rather than a block coal train so is probably from Healey Mills and is heading for Moston Sorting Sidings. The wan, midwinter, weak sunshine gives the shot a pleasing 'watercolour' effect, so much more attrative David Heys steam collection - 53 - RAIL CAMERAMAN GREENWOOD16