While the nation’s enthusiasts faced up to the end of steam in 1968, the first main line diesel for the UK, 10000, was cut up. But death is not the end
While there are plenty of preserved diesels around now, back in 1968 the focus was on dragging rusting steam locos out of Barry scrapyard. But as generation ‘D’ grew up, a new nostalgia took hold, where locos scrapped for being rubbish acquire a new life as icons, like dead rock stars. Claytons, Metro Vics, Class 14s (there are 19 of those) fascinate my generation and we will travel miles to revisit our youth.