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BR/GWR Collett 0-6-2 Tank Class 5600 No. 6686 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966

 BR/GWR Collett 0-6-2 Tank Class 5600 No. 6686 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR Churchward 0-6-2 Tank Class 5600 No. 6686 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 can be seen on the left. Built at Swindon Works in October 1928, it was withdrawn from 88D Merthyr shed in April 1964 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros of Barry in South Wales.

The GWR 5600 Class was a class of 0-6-2T steam locomotive built between 1924 and 1928. They were designed by C.B Collett for the Great Western Railway, and were introduced into traffic in 1924. After the 1923 grouping, Swindon inherited a large and variable collection of locomotives from historic Welsh railway companies, which did not fit into their standardisation programme. GWR boiler inspectors arrived en masse and condemned many of the original locomotives. The systematic destruction of many examples of locomotives, most still in serviceable condition, followed. Of the Taff Vale Railway, many engines continued to operate up to the 1950s, but today only two locomotives survived, TVR 'O1' No.28, the last-surviving Welsh-built engine, and TVR 'O2' No.85.

Two hundred GWR 5600 class replacement locomotives were built and remained in service until withdrawn by British Railways between 1962 and 1965. Nine of the class have survived into preservation.

At the Barry Tourist Railway awaiting restoration for use on the Barry Island Railway. Owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council as part of the Barry Ten. The Barry 10 were a collection of scrapyard locomotives that were removed from Woodham Brothers in 1990 when Dai Woodham retired; basically, they were the ones which were left, unsold, as of that date. They were then taken on by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. For the next 20 years the locos were stored in scrapyard condition, although several were bought. All the remaining locomotives are rusting hulks, stored, and not publicly viewable.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 03/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Collett 0-6-2 Tank Class 5600 No. 6686 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Collett 0-6-2 Tank Class 5600 No. 6686 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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