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5637 STEAM
LOCOMOTIVE GROUP

 
 

The End of the Line

 
                 
   

 

5637's withdrawal from service came in June 1964 when it was cleaned and placed in protective storage while it was based at the Barry Depot. This proved fortunate for 5637 as it was obviously much more convenient to send the loco to Woodham’s Scrapyard in Barry rather than another scrapyard where it would have been quickly cut up.

This was also true for a number of other members of the 56xx class which were working in South Wales as, of the nine that have been preserved, eight were rescued from Dai Woodham's yard. The other 56xx class locos that have been preserved are numbers 5619, 5643, 5668, 6619, 6634, 6686, 6695 & 6697.

5637 was sold to Woodhams and moved to the scrap yard in September 1964. It was placed in the upper sidings at the end of the 4th line of 12 withdrawn locomotives waiting to be cut up. It remained there for almost 10 years gradually deteriorating in the wind and rain.


Photo: John Grey Turner
5637 in Woodham's Scrapyard on 23 Mar 1968

Happily 5637 became the 61st loco to leave the Barry Scrapyard when it was bought by the Birmingham Railway Museum in August 1974 and taken by rail to their base at Tyseley travelling on its own wheels. However, although originally purchased for preservation, no restoration work was carried out on 5637 and it continued to languish in a siding at Tyseley for another seven years.

 

   
           

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