3 thoughts on “J72 Locos at Thomsons Scrapyard c1965

  1. Thomson’s scrapped quite a large number of steam locos from the late 1950s onwards. Originally, most locos had been scrapped at British Railways locomotive works such as North Road, Darlington, but by the early 1960s the sheer scale of steam loco withdrawals – almost 20,000 in some ten years – meant engines were sold instead by B R to private scrap dealers. It usually did not take the latter long to reduce them to a pile of metal,ready for the steel furnaces at home or abroad. However one firm, Woodhams in South Wales, bought many condemned engines and because they instead concentrated on cutting up railway wagons the steam locos in the main survived to be dealt with later. As a result many were later bought from Woodham’s by preservation groups right down until the 1980s and can be seen, beautifully restored, on preserved railways, a very fortuitous event.

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  2. Well thought of locomotives. Ideal for pilot duties, dock work and local freight. The class was built over a period of fifty three years from 1898 to 1951. The later engines 1949-1951 were identical to the engines built in batches from 1898-1925. They were built under three different regimes, North Eastern railway, LNER, and British Railways. Four lasted until January 1965, so these loco’s would probably be those. In earlier times, before private scrapyards began tendering for withdrawn locomotives, it was still possible to see loco’s two years after withdrawal. As a dedicated “spotter”, I spent many an afternoon at North Road scrap yard in the early 1960’s. There was still remnants of loco’s withdrawn in 1958, and 1959, B16’s, D49’s, and J26’s for example. I think these J72’s will not last long. Only one was saved for preservation. If they had been allocated to the Western region, or Southern, instead of the North Eastern, many more would have survived. All the private money was in the South.

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