Visions of Barry woodhams scrapyard
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Visions of Barry woodhams scrapyard

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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around the country and as far as sheer numbers was concerned it was certainly not the most prolific destination for withdrawn engines, although it remains the best known.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.

Product description

ISBN: 9781909328495
Binding: Paperback
Dimentions: 273mm x 215mm
Pages: 128
Photos/Illus: Over 130 photographs


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

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.

Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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