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D601 Ark Royal
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No: 15940   Contributor: Marcel Gommers / John Southall   Year: 1971   Manufacturer: Swindon railway works   Country: England
D601 Ark Royal

Taken 1971/2 at Swindon

The number is D601 and a search reveals that this should be Ark Royal

Photo © The Step Back Through Time Collection
Picture added on 05 June 2013 at 22:49
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It may be Swindon but not in 1971/72. By this time, Ark Royal was lying derelict at Barry. The five members of the D6XX Warship class were withdrawn at Plymouth Laira on 30/12/67. In July '68 as steam was drawing its last breath in the NorthWest 600 & 601 went to Woodhams at Barry - many Southern Pacifics were recent arrivals incidentally. 602/3 & 4 went to Cashmores. D 600 Active survived for some time but was cut up first. D 601 Ark Royal remained well in to the '70s together with a D 63XX amid ambitious preservation schemes. Steam took priority !! Extensively stripped and nigh on derelict, the North Brits. were a huge task and an equally big loss along with so many other pioneers - Kestrel, Falcon, DP2 and many others. It is truly incredible how much HAS survived.

Added by Peter Goodall on 08 June 2013.
I've just had another look at the scan and those around for a clue. Within a photo or two there is one which is definately Exeter St David's so this might just be Plymouth but the year is still a puzzle. It could well be earlier than 1971 but I don't think we will ever know for sure...
Now there's a challege.............

Added by John Southall on 08 June 2013.
DEfinitely Woodham Bros. West Pond Site, Barry Docks. The chimney is part of the former Barry Railway/ Docks hydraulic plant.

Added by Brian Rolley on 20 October 2014.
I first went to Barry 18/10/69, and all three NBs were there then. This is likely to be pre '69. The tall tower in the background would lead me to think Newton Abbott, but just a guess

Added by Dave Staples on 15 December 2014.
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