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Poster Print : View of Swindon Station, c. 1880s

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

Media ID 1107598

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Broad Gauge Junction Station Swindon Swindon Junction Wiltshire 1880s Gauge


18x24 inch Poster Print

Discover the rich history of Swindon Station with our stunning vintage poster print from Media Storehouse. This beautiful image, sourced from the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, showcases a view of Swindon Junction station as it looked in the 1880s. The photograph captures the essence of the era, with mixed gauge trains occupying the centre and left tracks. Bring a piece of railway history into your home or office with this authentic and intriguing poster print.

Poster prints are budget friendly enlarged prints in standard poster paper sizes. Printed on 150 gsm Matte Paper for a natural feel and supplied rolled in a tube. Great for framing and should last many years. To clean wipe with a microfiber, non-abrasive cloth or napkin. Our Archival Quality Photo Prints and Fine Art Paper Prints are printed on higher quality paper and the choice of which largely depends on your budget.

Poster prints are budget friendly enlarged prints in standard poster paper sizes (A0, A1, A2, A3 etc). Whilst poster paper is sometimes thinner and less durable than our other paper types, they are still ok for framing and should last many years. Our Archival Quality Photo Prints and Fine Art Paper Prints are printed on higher quality paper and the choice of which largely depends on your budget.

Estimated Product Size is 61.6cm x 46.3cm (24.3" x 18.2")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) 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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