Regards Clive Smith Many thanks Clive for the info and pictures.
by R.J. Sellick' Priced at £3.40 a good buy - try googling it.
Laira Scrap line
An interesting photo today showing the comparatively rare sight of a Hymek at Laira. Referring to my trusty old books on diesel disposals the loco is D7089. Withdrawn in May 1973 D7089 was stored at Marsh Jctn until Dec 73 when it went to Swindon Works. On 31 Oct 74 it was sent down to Laira for departmental use and renumbered TDB968008. You were lucky to see it as the following month, Feb 76, it was removed to T J Thomson of Stockton-on-Tees and scrapped. I remember seeing a picture of it at Thomson's in a copy of Railway World magazine at the time.
The Westerns are not quite so easy to identify but the scrapline at Laira in January 1976 should have contained D1012 (wdn 02.11.1975, arrived Swindon 28.4.76). D1016 (wdn 29.12.1975 arr Swindon 12.5.76), D1025 (wdn 6.10.75 arr Swindon 28.4.76), D1034 (wdn 6.10.75 arrived Swindon 23.9.76), D1046 (wdn 11.12.75 arr Swindon 1.5.76), D1064 (wdn 11.12.75, arr Swindon 28.4.76). Discount D1012 as it had a square cab vent. I suspect the pair to the left are D1046 and D1064 as they were involved in a depot collision at Laira and withdrawn together, D1046 had no headboard clips due to earlier accident repairs. D1034 also spent time here as it was retained for carriage heating duties as the Hymek had initially been used for. Later photos of D1034 show headcodes set at 1O34 so I'd eliminate that too.
What a scandal and waste British Rail committed by ditching the Westerns after only a dozen or so years service. Disgraceful.
Regards Guy Vincent