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Vic Berry’s Scrapyard was a Leicester, England landmark from 1973 to 1991 when it was destroyed in a massive fire set by unknown, presumably train-hating, arsonists. Specializing in asbestos removal, Vic Berry’s set a standard for large-scale industrial recycling while its more well-known claim to fame was an immense pyramid of 30 disused Class 25 and 27 locomotives that reached its greatest height and breadth in 1987.

c. 1937. Asbestos turned out to be the deadliest mineral ever used by man. Despite this, it is still mined in some countries (Canada only stopped asbestos mining recently in 2011).

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