Woodhams of Barry

The legendary steam locomotive scrapyard

by Dave Sallery

The lower yard looking east in October 1968.

  Please note: The area has now been completely cleared and no locomotives or trace of the scrapyard remains.  The former Barry Railway works and its chimney, in the left distance, is nowadays the only link with the past.

This selection of photographs were taken by myself at this famous site in May 1966 (black and white) and October 1968 (colour).  A history of the scrapyard and the company who ran it can be read here.  Many of the locomotives pictured went on to be preserved and restored to use after years of dereliction, on this site is a list of the locos which have been preserved.  The Great Western Archive site also has a comprehensive history recounting the 'Barry Story'.

When I first visited there were over 170 locos present.  As well as the lower yard, where the cutting up was undertaken, the old Barry Railway works sidings next to the mainline and some of the sidings leading to the coal tipplers were also in use for loco storage.  The photos above and below show some of the locos stored in the lower yard.  Most of the locos present were from the Western Region although Southern, B.R. standard and Midland types were also well represented.

Visit Phil Trotters site  and the Barry (Woodhams) Railway Scrapyard site on Flickr for many more Barry photos.

You may also wish to visit my B.R. 1960's steam website.

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  Index of pages:

General views of Barry from 1968 - 1
General views of Barry from 1968 - 2
Great Western Railway - 1
Great Western Railway - 2
Great Western Railway - 3
Southern Railway
London Midland & Scottish Railway
British Railways
General views of Barry from 1966

In front is 5526 with 6023 "King Edward II" behind it.  The Bulleid Pacific is 34027 "Taw Valley".   The Hall's are no's. 4920 "Dumbleton Hall" and 6990 "Witherslack Hall".  The line to Barry Island runs over the viaduct in the background.

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