Visions of Barry woodhams scrapyard
Mention the name ‘Barry’ to any railway enthusiast and they will instinctively know the location and its place in British locomotive history. Barry in South Wales was the location of the famed Woodham Bros scrap yard, to which hundreds of redundant steam engines were consigned from British Railways in the 1960s. Of these, well over 100 were destined to be saved and many have been returned to operational service on today’s heritage railway lines. Barry of course was just one scrap yard amongst many around the country and as far as sheer numbers was concerned it was certainly not the most prolific destination for withdrawn engines, although it remains the best known. Many of the locomotives that arrived here would still end their days recycled into the washing machines, motor cars, razor blades and tin cans of the next generation. However, what made Barry so remarkable was that the engines here were not all reduced to scrap as soon as they arrived and instead many survived, albeit slowly discarding various pieces of metal and odd components as the ravages of the sea air and the efforts of souvenir hunters took their toll. Later, a first generation of preservationists began to rescue locomotives from Barry to lay the foundations of the UK’s railway heritage movement. This new book is a poignant reminder of what the Barry location looked like when lines of redundant steam engines stretched as far as the eye could see, standing buffer to buffer often almost as if in a last embrace. As well as showing the pre-preservation state of some surviving locomotives, it records the final days of other once proud steam engines, made redundant by the march of time.
Dimentions: 273mm x 215mm
Photos/Illus: Over 130 photographs
Pay via Paypal, Payments can also be made via the phone.
Items are either offered with free Postage or at a cost with a small surcharge for packing materials.
Combined postage is offered for multiple purchases, so please do not pay straight away if you have bought
more than one item from us. If you do pay without waiting, the postage difference cannot be refunded.
All questions are answered as quickly and honestly as we can. We genuinely want you to enjoy your buying experience and we appreciate positive feedback once your purchases are happily received. We will reciprocate in due course.
All items are aimed to be dispatched within 3-5 days of purchase and payment. If not, the buyer will be notified. Items are packaged as I would like to receive them myself.
Returns are permitted on the very rare occurrence that items are damaged in transit. For this, we recommend that customers use the Ebay returns process. Any items returned that are not faulty or damaged will not be refunded the postage costs, and must be in a saleable condition, Including original packaging, to qualify for refund.
Postage and packaging
Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom
The Vale of Rheidol Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 113?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.
Until privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002.
The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712