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Stanier 8F 48518  arrives in Llangollen Yard for breaking

Pictures of 48518 by Martin Perry and George Jones

48518 boiler being removed to provide the firebox for the new build “County” at Didcot.

No sooner had it arrived than the 8F 48518 began to come apart with the cab coming off relatively easily but the boiler needed some assistance. When lifted and the ash pan detached, the boiler is going to Didcot for use on the County Project.  Other parts are going to the Patriot project leaving the wheels and frames for someone else.

It is very sad to see an ex Barry survivor being dismantled after lasting nearly 43 years since coming out of traffic with BR, 23 years in the Woodham's empire then nearly 20 years languishing at the Wales Railway Centre /Vale of Glamorgan with no prospect of restoration.

The good book says 48518 was built by the LNER at Doncaster in 1944 and when with the LMS worked out of Swansea on the Central Wales line to Shrewsbury. Then to the Western Division at Willesden where it worked around London, followed by a few months at Croes Newydd in 1964 working to Brymbo.

It was withdrawn in 1965 and sent to Barry.  It became the 198th engine to leave Barry towards the end of the Woodham's saga.

RIP 48518.

Text by George Jones

If you have any information on the construction, operation, locations and demise of 48518 and are prepared to let me add them to this web page, please let me know via the Webmaster link below.

Many thanks - John Rutter

Pictures of 48518 in Barry Scrapyard

Courtesy of Ted Buckley

LEFT: 48518 seen in the main yard on 28th July 1973, in the company of 3814, which left for the North Yorks Moors in July 1986, and 92240, the first 9F to leave Barry, in October 1978, destination the Bluebell Railway.

RIGHT: 48518 seen on 8th September 1977. The first attempt to restore this loco was evidenced by a painted description “23-2-74 Mid Hants” but then by 1977 Peak Rail were allegedly interested. The tender appears to have been the initial restoration target.

Text and photos - Ted Buckley

48518’s cab in Llangollen Yard on 16th February 2009

Picture - John Rutter