An almost intact No.35009 Shaw Savill makes a forlorn sight in the scrap line at Barry. In 1966, when these photographs were taken, I was a fireman at 56A Belle Vue (Wakefield), six months earlier I was at 70 A Nine Elms and working on these very engines. It was very strange, after working hundreds and hundreds of miles on their footplate, seeing them sitting there, in Barry, awaiting their fate which, in May 1966, was a great deal less than certain.
The other 4 of the ‘Barry 5’ photographs are all of West Country Class 4-6-2s. One of them is of No.34010 Sidmouth, which, for some reason, I seemed to get on the 08.35 Bournemouth duty, more than most. However, despite being ‘saved’ from the gas axe No.34010 Sidmouth is one of the ‘unrestored’ – for many years I watched her, rusting slowly, at the end of the head shunt at Grosmont MPD. This was before she was acquired by her latest owners Southern Locomotives, who, in 1997, moved her to Sellindge before moving her again, this time to their new base at Swanage. Southern Locomotives, according to the latest information I have, are beginning her restoration, to running order, once they’ve finished work on No.34072 257 Squadron, which is due to be completed in the next couple of months or so.
The other 3 engines No. 34016 Bodmin, No.34028 Eddystone and No.34039 Boscastle, have all steamed in preservation. No.34028 has only recently run out of boiler ticket, No.34039 Boscastle is slowly making here way back, at Loughborough on the GCR, and No.34016 Bodmin is now awaiting overhaul at Carnforth. And as for No.35009 Shaw Savill, well she is now a kit of parts at Ian Riley’s workshops in Bury; with a long term goal of restoration to main line condition – maybe, one day, she, like No.34010 Sidmouth, will steam again.
The photos of Nos.34010, 34016, 34028, and 34039, can all be seen here: http://steamagedaydreams.co.uk/?page_id=850
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