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Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s

Swindon Works Map, c.1940s, showing the growth of the GWR Works in Swindon between 1846 and the 1940s. The sheer volume of workshops and sidings can be seen in fascinating detail

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1900s 1940s Factory Railway Swindon Works Wiltshire 1840s 1846 Sidings Workshops


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This vintage print showcases the Swindon Works Map from the 1940s, a testament to the remarkable growth and expansion of the Great Western Railway (GWR) Works in Swindon between the 1840s and 1800s to 1900s. The intricate detail of the map reveals the vast network of workshops and sidings that once covered over 2,000 acres in this historic Wiltshire town. The map begins with the establishment of the GWR Works in 1846, a humble beginning with just a few buildings. However, as the railway industry flourished, so did Swindon Works. By the 1900s, the map reveals an expansive complex of interconnected workshops, each dedicated to specific tasks in the manufacturing and maintenance of railway locomotives and rolling stock. The intricate web of sidings, spanning miles, allowed for the seamless movement of raw materials and finished products throughout the Works. The sheer volume of activity is evident in the map, with hundreds of buildings and structures meticulously labeled. The map serves as a visual representation of Swindon's rich industrial heritage, providing a glimpse into the past when Swindon was the heart of railway manufacturing in the UK. This Swindon Works Map, produced in the 1940s, offers a fascinating insight into the history of the GWR and the pivotal role Swindon played in the railway industry. The intricate detail and historical significance make this print a must-have for railway enthusiasts, historians, and anyone with an interest in the industrial history of Swindon and the UK.

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