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Engine House, GWR Works, Swindon BB94_04685

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Filename: bb94_04685.jpg

Size: 5188 x 3705 (5.6MB)

Date: 16th September 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Artist

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Engine House, GWR Works, Swindon BB94_04685

THE ENGINE HOUSE, Great Western Railway Works, Swindon, Wiltshire. 1846 interior view. Lithograph by John Cooke Bourne (1814-1896)

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Factory Industrial Industrial Revolution Locomotive Railway Train Victorian


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> Architecture > Victorian Architecture

> Fine Art > Illustrations and Engravings

> Towns and Cities > Swindon

> Transport > Railways > Goods sheds and other buildings

> Transport > Railways > Steam Locomotives

> The way we were > Victoriana


EDITORS COMMENTS
This lithograph, titled "The Engine House" and created by John Cooke Bourne in 1846, offers a glimpse into the heart of the Great Western Railway Works in Swindon, Wiltshire during the Victorian era. The industrial revolution was in full swing, and the railway industry was at the forefront of technological innovation. The image reveals the vast Engine House, its high arched roof supported by intricately designed iron beams. The space is filled with an array of locomotives at various stages of assembly and repair. Each machine, a testament to the engineering prowess of the time, is meticulously detailed, from the delicate curves of the boilers to the complex mechanisms of the wheels. Workers in heavy overalls are scattered throughout the space, some tending to the engines, others engaged in discussions or taking measurements. The atmosphere is one of intense focus and determination, as each man contributes to the production of the next railway engine. The large windows at the far end of the Engine House allow natural light to filter in, illuminating the scene and adding depth to the image. The contrast between the dark, industrial interior and the bright, sunlit exterior emphasizes the dichotomy between the harsh realities of the factory floor and the promise of progress and innovation. This lithograph is a testament to the ingenuity and hard work that defined the railway industry during the Victorian era. It serves as a reminder of the pivotal role that Swindon and the Great Western Railway Works played in the development of the railway network and the industrial revolution as a whole.

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