June 2007, and a visit to the graveyard at Long Marston MOD site where 19 off-lease sevens were standing forlorn after retirement from WC duties. By this time there was the impressive, if depressing, sight of the locos being placed in a single line bookended by equally forlorn DVTs. Wandering up a silent line of what would have been almost 100,000hp worth of fine traction was sobering enough and a few of these locos never turned a wheel in anger again, although perhaps less than we’d have really expected then. Most however gained another lease of life – and were certainly a big factor in sparking my personal interest in euro-cranking!
The locos were: 87010 (2015 status – BZK), 87004 BZK, 87013 BZK, 87014 BZK (oos), 87033 BZK, 87030 cut, 87021 cut, 87011 cut, 87017 Bulmarket, 87029 BZK, 87018 cut, 87023 Bulmarket, 87032 cut, 87003 BZK, 87025 Bulmarket, 87020 BZK, 87027 cut, 87034 BZK, 87009 Bulmarket.
Of those not present (from memory!) 87005/015/016/024/101 had already been scrapped, 031 was dumped at Tyseley to follow with 001/035 preserved. 87012/019 were out paving the way for others to follow in Bulgaria and GBRf had 006/022/028 for dragging 325s around whilst 002/007/008/026 were stored at Wembley. Most of those then also ended up at Long Marston where some of the preparatory rehabilitation and repainting was done prior to export for Bulgaria.