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Loco's cut up at Drapers

I have been using the information from a Hutton Press book called "Loco's Cut up at Drapers"
This is a mine of information and I have been lucky enough to link up with will a local spotter (Leonard Rogers) who visited one of their 2 yards on a regular basis.
So below is his review of the book and then his memories of those days


The Review

After the title page, contents and an introduction come the lists and then the rest of the pages are taken up with photos. of (some of) the locos. A few photos show locos being cut up but the majority are of locos awaiting their fate.
In the Introduction the authors say that they were 'constant visitors' to the yard, one of them visiting every week, and that they got to know some of the members of the Draper family who ran the yard, quite well.
When Albert Draper chose to preserve, rather than scrap, one of the last locos to come to the yard (45305), they were invited to work on it and became founder members of the Humberside Locomotive Preservation Group.
What is not clear is whether these lists are based solely on the authors observations or whether, through their associations with the family, they had any opportunity to cross-check them against company records. I have corrected what I know to be one error on p.8, from my own observations as a youth. (I grew up in Hull and regularly observed the locos. awaiting cutting up?) I presume that this is simply a typographical error, there may be others, but I suppose, as there always can be in printed material.
The dates given for the cutting up of the locos. are generally Mondays. I think we may take it that what these mean are that the locos. were "cut up in the week beginning .... ".

The Yards

There were two which were used at different times - were both small. Coincidentally they were both former local goods yards of the old Hull and Barnsley Railway. I never did visit the first of them at Sculcoates, which was in operation until November 1967, but became a regular visitor to the second at Neptune Street which operated from November 1967 , which was a bit more accessible to me. The last locos cut up at Sculcoates were (46432, 46501, 46506, 46516 & 46523) and the first cut at Neptune Street were (43048, 43096, 43140, 92006 & 92150)
What was true for both yards was that there was only really room in the yard for those locos. being cut up in any particular week. The stocks of other locos. which had been purchased and had arrived in Hull had to wait elsewhere until their turn arrived to go for scrapping.
In the case of the second yard at Neptune Street, locos. were stored in sidings formerly used for docks traffic, immediately adjacent to the yard.
In the days of the first yard at Sculcoates, storage was in sidings alongside the motive power depot at Dairycoates, some three miles or so distant from the scrap yard. A batch of locos. usually four or five, would be tripped from here to the yard at the start of each week. I regularly made trips to view the locos, in the sidings at Dairycoates.
At both locations, there would typically be up to two dozen locos, in the sidings awaiting their fate. Interestingly, there were real variations in the time that locos spent waiting in these sidings. Some went to the yard within days of arriving, others stayed for weeks. Locos were certainly not scrapped in the order in which they arrived at Hull.
Looking at the lists of locos broken up each week, it appears to me that the scrap men chose to have a batch of locos that were all the same class in the yard together if possible each week. This didn't always prove possible of course, but maybe it made matters easier for them I don't know.
I don't know either, whether a similar practice was followed elsewhere."

Leonard Rogers