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View of Swindon Station, c. 1880s




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View of Swindon Station, c. 1880s

This image of Swindon Junction station was taken before the change of gauge in 1892. Mixed gauge can be seen on the centre/left tracks

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Broad Gauge Junction Station Swindon Swindon Junction Wiltshire 1880s Gauge


Jigsaw Puzzle (520 Pieces)

Discover the rich history of Swindon Station with our exquisite jigsaw puzzle from Media Storehouse, featuring the stunning image of "View of Swindon Station, c. 1880s" from STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway. This captivating puzzle showcases an intriguing snapshot of the past, with mixed gauges visible on the center and left tracks, reflecting the railway evolution before the change in gauge in 1892. Immerse yourself in the intricate details of this beautifully preserved photograph, perfect for puzzle enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Experience the joy of piecing together the past, one puzzle piece at a time.

Made in the USA, 520-piece puzzles measure 16" x 20" (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Every puzzle is meticulously printed on glossy photo paper, which has a strong 1.33 mm thickness. Delivered in a black storage cardboard box, these puzzles are both stylish and practical. (Note: puzzles contain small parts and are not suitable for children under 3 years of age.)

Jigsaw Puzzles are an ideal gift for any occasion

Estimated Product Size is 50.8cm x 40.5cm (20" x 15.9")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation to match the source image.


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures Swindon Junction station in the 1880s, a time of significant transformation in the railway industry. The image showcases the station's grand architecture, with its impressive red-brick buildings and intricate ironwork. However, the true focus of this photograph lies in the railway tracks. Swindon Junction was a major hub for the Great Western Railway (GWR), connecting various lines and routes. The centre and left tracks in this photograph display a unique feature of the time – mixed gauge. Before the change of gauge in 1892, the GWR operated both broad and standard gauges on its network. Broad gauge trains, which measured 7ft 0in between the rails, were predominantly used for long-distance passenger and freight services. Standard gauge trains, with a width of 4ft 8.5in, were more common for local and suburban services. The presence of mixed gauge tracks at Swindon Junction allowed for the seamless transfer of passengers and freight between trains of different gauges. This was a crucial aspect of the railway system during the late 19th century, as the GWR was gradually converting its network to standard gauge. The photograph provides a fascinating glimpse into this transitional period, showcasing the diversity and complexity of the railway system during the 1880s. Swindon Junction station, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, was a vital part of the GWR network and played a significant role in the development of the railway industry. This photograph, taken before the change of gauge in 1892, offers a captivating look into the past and the rich history of railway engineering.

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