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The Scrapper who Saved Steam

Barry Scrapyard

Amidst the long lines of steam locomotives at the Barry Scrapyard, 48305 was painted with the words ‘Please don’t let me die’ on the front of the boiler. Fortunately, she didn’t. She is now preserved at the Great Central Railway. Left and center photos by John Turner. Right photo by Duncan Harris.

Barry Scrapyard

297 British steam locomotives were sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry.  213 survived into preservation.  How did one man make all of this possible?  Author, historian, and preservationist Roger Hardingham shares the incredible story of Barry Scrapyard, his memories of Dai Woodham, and how it contributed to today’s massive heritage railway industry in Britain.

To learn more about the scrapyard’s history and see Roger’s works, visit his website.

For a gallery of photos of the scapyard, visit this gallery.

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One thought on “The Scrapper who Saved Steam

  1. JF

    I believe there was a great story about how No 71000 Duke of Gloucester was sent to Barry. According to legend, its waybill was deliberately changed so it could wait at Barry to be saved, instead of going to a yard where it would have been cut up straight away. This is also believed to be the inspiration for Reverend Awdry’s story of how Oliver the Western Engine was saved from scrap. Interesting that the Duke was originally on the ‘preserved engines’ list but still went for scrap, a railwayman going out of his way to give her a chance to be saved must be the greatest twist of fate ever.

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