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Almost 300 steam locomotives were brought to Barry for scrapping – but an incredible 213 were rescued for preservation.
This film looks at the way in which Barry changed the railway preservation map of Britain. An interview with the late Dai Woodham reveals the background to the whole miracle which started in 1959 with the first five engines arriving from Swindon. We see rare photographs from the Woodham family archive which show the beginnings of the scrap business in the redundant coal sidings at Barry docks. Archive films show the locomotives filling the yards to capacity before they started to depart. Film of the ‘Barry 10’ and of the future for a regeneration scheme for the dock area which includes the re-building of several engines at the Great Western Society at Didcot and at Llangollen into long-lost types, such as a ‘Grange’, ‘Saint’ and ‘County’.
This is the complete story of this remarkable event in railway history.