Polyrus

Polyrus

Posted on 07/11/2016


Photo taken on December 20, 2006


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45699
Galatea
Jubilee Class
steam locomotive
British Railways
Barry Island
woodham's scrapyard
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Railway scrapyards

45699 'Galatea' at Barry scrapyard - August 1974

45699 'Galatea' at Barry scrapyard - August 1974 

Galatea was built at Crewe Works in April 1936 and withdrawn from service by British Railways during November 1964. It was then stored at Eastleigh on the Southern Region for a couple of months before being sold to Dai Woodham and taken to his scrapyard on Barry Island, South Wales.

The loco languished here in the salty sea air for almost 15 years before being purchased as a source of spares for the already preserved 45690 Leander. I recall seeing the rusting hulk of Galatea on the Severn Valley Railway in 1989 and having the conversation with someone about the certainty it would never run again under its own steam....but it did!

William Sutherland, tiabunna, Pam J, Loose_Grip and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
An interesting pair of images Neil................I'm really impresssed with the results you get from scans of these old photos. It just goes to show the quality of the originals.
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Keith Burton
Many thanks, Keith. The slides vary considerably in how they have lasted. All require at least a little tweaking and some are sadly now in the bin as they deteriorated too much.
As an aside, one of this class, 45655 was named 'Keith'. After a sailor apparently, albeit an admiral.
2 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Your welcome Neil...................45655 must have been quite special then - but I didn't quite make Admiral..!!
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Keith Burton
You being an Admirable Keith means you outrank him in my books ;-)
2 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Please do not remove any parts of this...
... image.

This writing is a joyful bonus. At least in my humble opinion.
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Tacheles
I'm glad you appear to like the image, Norbert. You are too kind and unnecessarily humble. Thank you.kindly
2 years ago.
Tacheles has replied to Polyrus
Never mind. But I'm just an ordinary tightrope walker. ;)
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Tacheles
Extra ordinary, maybe ;-)
2 years ago.
Loose_Grip
Loose_Grip
Nice comparison. Good to know it's running again but not so sure I like the black BR livery.
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Loose_Grip
Thank you, Pete. I think Leander looks good in her black livery, but I prefer to see a Jubilee in green as that is how I remember them from the sixties.
2 years ago.
Loose_Grip has replied to Polyrus
Yes I prefer green too. I was told that at least some Jubilees were in BR black for a short period but were they ever in red like Galatea?
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Loose_Grip
The only Stanier locos I remember seeing in crimson/maroon were the big ones, which were 462s in more ways than one (real thoroughbreds). My understanding is that the Jubilees all started out in red then from 1940 were changed to black until becoming standardised in green from 1949. However, they soon looked black again if shed staff did not show a pride in their locos ;-)
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Fades to black.................
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to Pam J
Sounds like the name of a song ;-)
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Sad to see them like this, so glad it survived.
2 years ago.
Polyrus has replied to tiabunna
For some it is a sight too sad to see. However, I marvel at the images from this scrapyard as they are all part of a great story.
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Extraordinary shot!

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2 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Poor thing, sitting there rusting and old looking, in spite of the name of beautiful nymph! Good to know she got resurected eventually!
2 years ago.