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A driver at the controls of a diesel locomotive in about 1980

A driver at the controls of a diesel locomotive in about 1980


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Filename: Small Display Case photo panel.jpg

Size: 2501 x 3019 (1.1MB)

Date: 9th February 2022

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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A driver at the controls of a diesel locomotive in about 1980

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 24478788

Diesel Controls


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In this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back in time to around 1980, where a skilled driver takes charge at the controls of a powerful diesel locomotive. The image captures an era when these mechanical giants ruled the rails, symbolizing progress and innovation in the world of transportation. The driver's focused expression reveals his deep connection with both machine and track as he maneuvers through unknown territories. With hands firmly gripping the control levers, he commands this magnificent beast with confidence and expertise. Behind him lies a sea of dials, switches, and gauges that serve as vital instruments for monitoring speed, pressure, and other crucial parameters. The cab itself exudes an air of nostalgia; its worn leather seats bear witness to countless journeys undertaken by dedicated railway workers like our protagonist. As sunlight streams through smudged windows onto aged panels adorned with faded labels and instructions, one can almost feel the vibrations of past adventures reverberating within these walls. This evocative photograph not only celebrates the remarkable engineering achievements embodied by diesel locomotives but also pays homage to those who operated them - individuals whose unwavering commitment ensured safe travels for passengers across vast distances. It serves as a reminder that behind every technological marvel lies human ingenuity and skillful hands guiding their operation. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time at STEAM Museum of GWR, we are reminded of how far we've come while cherishing our rich heritage in rail transport.

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