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Filename: afl03_aerofilms_924.jpg

Size: 4920 x 3844 (9.1MB)

Date: 29th June 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive Aerofilms

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GWR Works, Swindon, 1920 epw000924

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY WORKS, Swindon. Aerial view photographed May 1920. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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> Flight > England from the Air > The South-West from the Air

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s > Photos of the 1920s

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s

> Landscapes > Aerial Views

> Towns and Cities > Swindon

> Transport > Railways > Goods sheds and other buildings


EDITORS COMMENTS
This aerial view takes us back to the bustling GWR Works in Swindon, captured by Aerofilms in May 1920. The image showcases a sprawling industrial landscape that is both awe-inspiring and humbling. As our eyes traverse the photograph, we are immediately struck by the sheer magnitude of this great engineering feat. Countless buildings stretch out before us, forming an intricate maze of workshops, warehouses, and locomotive sheds. The organized chaos within these walls hints at the tireless efforts of countless workers who toiled day and night to keep Britain's railway system running smoothly. The GWR Works was not just any factory; it was a symbol of progress and innovation during its time. This remarkable establishment served as the beating heart of Great Western Railway's operations, responsible for producing some of the most iconic locomotives that graced British tracks. From this elevated perspective, we gain a newfound appreciation for the scale and complexity involved in constructing these magnificent machines. Rows upon rows of partially assembled locomotives dotting the grounds remind us that each piece played a vital role in bringing these mechanical marvels to life. Beyond its industrial significance, this photograph also offers glimpses into everyday life at GWR Works. Tiny figures scurrying about like ants give us insight into how people navigated through this vast labyrinthine complex. In retrospect, this snapshot serves as a poignant reminder of an era when industry reigned supreme - where human ingenuity met technological advancement head-on. It encapsulates not only an important chapter in British history but also pays homage to those unsung heroes whose hard work propelled our nation forward on iron wheels.

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