How the Hogwarts Express was saved from a Welsh scrapyard - BBC News
Olton Hall was left to rust at Woodham’s scrapyard between 1964 and 1981
The Hogwarts Express in all its glory
More than 80% of steam locomotives on heritage railways in the UK today can be traced back to Woodham’s
Emerging from the clouds of steam engulfing platform nine and three-quarters, the gleaming Hogwarts Express commands a special place in the hearts of Harry Potter fans.
Yet there was a time when the only place this engine could call home, was a south Wales scrapyard where it lay rotting among the hulks of a bygone era.
That is because the locomotive that entranced millions of Potter viewers and now sits proudly in Warner Brothers Studios, was once earmarked to be dismantled for the furnace.
Written off, abandoned and forgotten for 17 years, this lowly engine’s final destiny was originally far from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.