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Newport scrap yards.

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Thompson1706, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. Matt37401

    Matt37401 Part of the furniture

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    Wouldn’t something like oil and grease and a lack of oxygen help preserve them? I’m not a chemist just asking a question.
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Some scrapyards got quite shirty about missing items like rods etc.


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    I think that they got more shirty over missing bronze, I remember during the '80's 'Exploring' scrapyards on the Thames some blokes seemed to think that ships engines were stuffed with non ferrous.
     
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    Thats very true, in many yards the brass and copper was the very first thing to be removed , in some cases, before the cutting even commenced, the scrappers would strip the easily removable fittings because the copper and brass was worth a lot of money,
     
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    Given the value of brass, I'm a bit surprised they were just dumped.

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    I suppose that the vehicles concerned must have been burned in the 60's

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    Two stories I’ve head over the years. Loco parts being dumped/buried at Eastleigh and the other tale I’ve heard was station totems from the local area being dumped and bulldoze over near Farnham railway station.

    Not sure if there’s any truth in these tales.
     
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    Eastleigh, yes. A combination lever forging was found a few years ago. One of the Standard loco groups has it.
     
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    In the early years of private scrapping part of the condition of sale was the copper firebox was returned to BR, according to the books "Steam for Scrap" if I remember correctly.
    The Bullieds had steel fire boxes and were less popular with the scrap yards apparently.

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    Depends on the depth of burial and rubbish dumped on top. Tis all about oxygen and moisture getting to the metal. Ash might be quite corrosive as well.

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    From what I’ve read over the years wasn’t the copper melted down and turned in to overhead wires for the West coast main line upgrade.
     

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