5040 4087 4996 1964-05-15 Sharpness
Peter Kerslake says "Coopers Metals, a Swindon based Company, had a small scrapyard at Sharpness, on the Gloucestershire bank of the River Severn, and I made a couple of visits there to record on film a number of withdrawn locomotives awaiting their fate under the cutters' torches. Not all the engines there were, however, disposed of at Sharpness, possibly due to a limited workforce, and several later arrivals were subsequently "sold on" for disposal by other breakers, one being 7037 "Swindon". In this view I have recorded one of Laira's stalwarts in years past, 4087 "Cardigan Castle" with Old Oak's 5040 "Stokesay Castle" to the left and 4996, "Eden Hall" to the right all awaiting their fate on 15th May 1964. By the time of my next visit a few weeks later the "Castles" had been reduced to just their frames and wheels. Their respective tenders had been uncoupled from the engines shortly after arrival at Sharpness and were used for holding the more valuable brass and copper components as they were stripped from the engines."