Leicester depot variety

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                    45104 (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 log 240379

08153, 08472, 08612, 08696, 08697, 25125, 25176, 45045, 45075

Leicester depot log 141280

08471, 08472, 08619, 08695, 08696, 08697, 08699, 25061, 25083, 25123, 25127, 25214, 25308, 47201

Leicester depot log 250487

08297, 08899, 20059, 20090, 20130, 20154, 20190, 20217, 31237, 31422, 31424, 31428, 56045, 56058, 56059, 56064

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

08 08629 – 171021

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

A superb Leicester depot view from August 13th 1967 with classes 08, 20, 25 and 27 on shed. Thanks to Nigel Tout for the image

Class 40 D330 at Leicester shed as a peak passes on an up passenger on August 14th 1967. Thanks to Nigel Tout for this classic image

 Thanks to “TC” for this rare view of 40050 on Leicester depot on July 27th 1983

The late Tony Ewer catches 56130 changing roads at the depot on April 3rd 1985

Tony Ewer catches 08536 and 08474 round the back of the small depot building at Leicester on June 8th 1985

 31263 and 31229 pass plenty power on Leicester depot including class 20, 31, 47 and 56 on August 18th 1985

 56038 at the head of a line of classmates plus operational 56081 on Leicester depot on 280315

 50008 along with class 37 and 27059 at Leicester depot on 160819

56312, 47739, 56301, 56103, a 60 and 58 look good on Leicester Shed on May 7th 2022

A link to “45147’s” superb Flikr phot of 82006 and 2 83s at Leicester depot in October 84

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