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I’ve been searching through my archives recently, and found this. Taken whilst on a shoot in 1986. It’s in a disused Welsh coalmine, the name of which I cannot remember. As it was being maintained and ventilated by a skeleton staff, it was still safe for us to be taken down into the mine in the traditional lift. If you ever think you’ve had a quick descent in an aircraft, it’s nothing compared to this. Hats off to the miners who made the descent everyday – they were brave in many senses.

60 minutes – Barry Island, 1980.

Wheels at Barry Island train scrapyard, 1980

Wheels at Barry Island train scrapyard, 1980

 

Typ 3862 locomotive at Barry Island train scrapyard, 1980

Typ 3862 locomotive at Barry Island train scrapyard, 1980

60 minutes – Barry Island, 1980.

I saw a blog post about Barry Island last year. In South Wales, it was home of the largest train scrapyard in the UK. Curiosity led to search through some ancient ring binders containing 35mm slides taken as a student. I found a small set of images from a walk, probably in 1980. This made me 19 years old. Yikes! On the side of one of the trains was a hand painted note, “Do not remove parts – for Plym Valley Railway”. I would love to know if the Plym Valley Railway ever took delivery of this locomotive..and if, in the intervening 32 years, it was ever restored.

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