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Barry, Railway and Port (Hardback)

Before and After Woodham's Scrapyard

Transport Trains and Railways Wales

By John Hodge
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9781526723833
Published: 15th August 2018



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Many railway historians and enthusiasts only know about the railways in the Barry area, because of Woodham Brothers scrap yard, where so many locomotives were rescued for preservation.

However, there is a wider story to be told of the development and history of the railway and docks and John Hodge, the author of this detailed and informative volume, provides accounts of the various aspects of railway and dock activity over the years with details and photographs of the several industries involved.”

“The Barry story is far more than the location of a once-famous scrapyard which, by the end of the 1960s, held over two hundred condemned locomotives.

This book covers the history of the railway and docks at this fascinating town, from the construction and opening of the Barry Railway and Dock in 1888/9, through to the demise of its principal traffic, coal, in the early 1970s, and on to the present day.

John Hodge's family home from 1942 to 1970 was in Dock View Road and from 1953 he was photographing locomotives and trains at Barry and amassing a lot of detail on locomotive movements much of which he shares in this volume.
Those who still remember the heyday of steam trains at Barry will enjoy this book.

Railway & Canal Historical Society

An enjoyable book, recommended without reservation. Pen & Sword is rapidly becoming renowned as publishers of well-written and well edited railway books, showing that there is still no limit to the new material which can continue to feed our interests.

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

Using photographs from John Hodge's own collection and a variety of other sources (including some superb early photographs of Barry Railway engines), the story of the Barry Railway and docks is charted from its opening in the 1880's, through to decline in the 1960's and 70's caused partly by the limit on the size of ships that could be docked.

Hodge has presented not only a history of how industry and railways influenced and encouraged the development of Barry, but also a fascinating portrait of just what Barry and the surrounding area was like before the Woodham's era in the Barry Railway days, the GWR and BR years. An engrossing profile of an often neglected area.

Great Western Echo

Recently published by Pen & Sword, this latest volume from the prolific John Hodge looks to restore the balance between those who know Barry solely from the perspective of Woodham's Yard and its much richer history as a centre of industry.

A useful book.

Welsh Railways Research Circle No.156

The Dai Woodham story fits well.

Steam World, November 2018

As listed in 'Books To Look Out For In October'

Cardiff Times, October 2018

Splendid detailed historical account.

South Wales Echo, reviewed by Barry Lee

About John Hodge

John Hodge is a retired railwayman, who started his working life on the Western Region in South Wales in 1961, later transferring to London Paddington and British Railways Board. He was brought up in Barry, a port town west of Cardiff, which has strong railway connections, once being an important port for coal traffic and later being famous for Woodham Brothers scrap yard, which held over 200 locomotives, that are now mostly preserved on heritage lines. John is a lifelong railway enthusiast and historian, with many railway histories published.

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