Barry Scrapyard 25 March 1987

The unmistakable sight of steam locomotives rusting away in Dai Woodham's scrapyard at Barry. I had visited the yard in 1973, and took some very poor B&W Instamatic photos, but it wasn't until 1987, when the number of locos in the yard had reduced considerably, that I returned to the yard armed with a proper camera and some Kodachrome 64. This is the scene on 25 March 1987, with Southern Railway rebuilt West Country Class 4-6-2 34046 Braunton prominent in the foreground, next to LMS 8F 2-8-0 48173. In the distance, between these two, is Merchant Navy 4-6-2 35011 General Steam Navigation. On the left is Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 44901, and completing this diverse line up, the two locos on the right are GWR 42xx 2-8-0Ts 4253 & 5227.