Barry Island South Wales July 1970
The sunlight tries to brighten up the rust on BR Standard 2-6-0 4MT 76080 and the other lines of engines totalling approx. 210 at Woodhams Barry Island scrapyard. 76080 has the dubious honour of being the only engine cut up in 1972 & one of only four steam engines scrapped at Barry after 1965 - all the others were saved. No less than 8 Southern Railway Bulleid Pacifics can be seen in this view north towards Barry town not to mention the only LNER engine at Barry - 61264 behind the Bulleid in the left-hand line.
The chimney in the right distance (not sure what it was) and the goods shed in the left distance are still there, the latter being part of the Vale of Glamorgan heritage railway.
Interestingly 76080 may well be reborn - well, at least one of its driving axles & wheels may be! Apparently the city of Stoke purchased them from Woodham's & plinthed them on the Loop Line as a commemoration of the old railway. They have now been acquired by a group planning to build a new BR Standard 3 tank 82045 at the Severn Valley Railway. So, all was not lost.
Note the 2 connecting rods in the bunker of the engine I am standing on, bottom right. Prior to purchase for preservation many engines were separated from their tenders which were sold off elsewhere. This meant extra expenditure not just to replace the tender but also to recast & machine new connecting rods which, of course, disappeared with their tenders.
To the left of the locos can be seen some of the thousands of wagons & vans which were the saviours of steam because the continuous easy work cutting them delayed the more complex disposal of the engines until preservation funds were available.