Leicester depot variety 1965 - today

Heading North on the Midland Main line in the 70s saw all eyes looking right on leaving Leicester station to view some of what was always a busy depot. The depot has survived

and today is as busy as ever so we always look out on passing the depot just like we did as kids in the 70's. Long may Leicester depot survive and keep that impressive variety of power.

 

Sample Leicester depot visits 1965-89

Class

03....................................................... 03197-020788-stored at Leicester 7/87-8/91, now preserved MNR

08.......................................................08472 - 240379 - 1 of 11 shunters based at LR in 1979

20....................................................... 20150 - 201084 - regular

25....................................................... 25208 - 020788 - regular

27....................................................... 5379 (later 27032)- 270365 - regular until Feb 70

31....................................................... 31276 - 261188 -regular

37....................................................... 37148 - 260883 - uncommon, 37148 dropped off failed 31129

40........................................................40050 - 270783 - > rare, off a freight

45....................................................... 104 (later 45063) - regular

46....................................................... 46045 - 060281 - regular off 4E26 vans

47....................................................... 47200 - 020788 - regular

56....................................................... 56060 - 270282 - regular

82....................................................... 82006 - 071084 - for cutting at Vic Berrys

83....................................................... 83001 - 071084 - for cutting at Vic Berrys (with 82006 and 83011)

86....................................................... 86404 - 270387 - loco dumped Leicester after drag on 1J25 due WCML farce

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Sample Leicester depot visits 1990-2007

Class

08....................................................... 08697 - 170592

47....................................................... 47226 - 060992

58....................................................... 58016 - 060992

60....................................................... 60065 - 040404

66....................................................... 66226 - 050500

67....................................................... 67028 - 300405

73....................................................... 73105 - 040997 -loco dumped Leicester after failing on crew training

Leicester depot open day 060992

20227, 20902, 31116, 31410, 33050, 37128, 37427, 45133, 47226, 47642, 50043, 55015, 56008, 56110, 56116, 58016, 59104, 60006, 60012, 60038, 60048, 60083, 40012, 45060, 25173, 47192, 55022, 55016, D5705, 81002, 73101, 90019, 90129 45596(k)

Open Day rare visits by class 28, 50, 55, 59, 73, 81, 90 .

Sample Leicester depot visits 2013 to date

Class

20....................................................... 20311 - 130320

27....................................................... 27059 - 040620

33....................................................... 33053 - 051019

37....................................................... 37003 - 040620

47....................................................... 47847 - 040620

50....................................................... 50008 - 250219

56....................................................... 56301 - 190316

57....................................................... 57305 - 090320

58....................................................... 58016 - 190316

86....................................................... 86235 - 190316

90....................................................... 90035 - 040620

91....................................................... 91117 - 201019 (with 91120)

92....................................................... 92020 - 201218 (en route to Longport)

So in conclusion Leicester depot down the years has seen a great deal of power variety from class 03 - 92. Vistors as listed above include class 03, 08, 20, 25, 27, 31, 33, 37, 40, 45, 46, 47, 50, 56, 57, 58, 60, 66, 67, 73, 82, 83, 86, 90, 91, 92, This is an impressive total of 26 different classes, which rises to 30 including the perhaps unique 1992 Open Day visits of class 28, 55, 59 and 81. Any more Leicester depot memories to share?

 

Leicester depot phot spot

 

25078220113n153lswebr.jpgThanks to "TC" for this classic Leicester depot line up of class 20's 20113 and 20153, plus a 25 and 31 on 250782

 

27078340050webr.jpgThanks to "TC" for this rare view of 40050 on Leicester depot on 270583

 

17088531263n31229depotwebr.jpg31263 and 31229 pass plenty power on Leicester depot including class 20, 31, 47 and 56 on 170885

 

28031556038n56081webr.jpg56038 at the head of a line of classmates plus operational 56081 on Leicester depot on 280315

 

160819depotcloseupwebr.jpg50008 along with class 37 and 27059 at Leicester depot on 160819

 

A link to Kevin Watson's superb Flikr phot of 82006 and 2 83s at Leicester depot in October 84 here

 

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