Stockton firm ends its loco-scrapping operation

THE scrapping of rolling stock at T J Thomson in Stockton-upon-Tees has ended because it is uneconomic.

The firm will in future concentrate on metal trading.

The cabs are all that remain of No. 56109, which met its end at Thomson’s scrapyard in May 2011. RICHARD LILLIE

For more than 85 years, the yard has cut up numerous diesel locos as well as wagons and other vehicles, and had been one of the country’s leading metal processors.

The fall in the value of scrap, the closure of the SSI steel firm on Teesside, coupled with the lack of rail vehicles to be scrapped, is said to have played a part in the company’s decision.

One of the firm’s six shunting locos, Helen, has found a new home at the Chasewater Railway in Staffordshire.

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