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New Swindon, 1847

New Swindon, 1847


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Date: 20th February 2007

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New Swindon, 1847

Lithograph of New Swindon in 1847 with broad gauge locomotive, Fire Brand, in foreground.
Swindon Works can be seen to the right on the image, with the Railway Village to the left

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2 2 2 Broad Gauge Railway Village Swindon Swindon Works Victorian Village Wiltshire 1847 New Town


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This lithograph, dating back to 1847, offers a glimpse into the burgeoning industrial town of Swindon during the Victorian era. The image showcases the picturesque scene of New Swindon, with its winding roads, quaint cottages, and the idyllic Railway Village nestled to the left. To the right, the imposing presence of Swindon Works can be seen, marking the heart of the Great Western Railway's (GWR) expansion. At the forefront of the scene, the broad gauge locomotive, Fire Brand, proudly displays its power and might. This 2-2-2 engine, a testament to the engineering prowess of the time, would have been a common sight on the railway lines connecting Swindon to other major towns and cities. The broad gauge tracks, which were wider than standard tracks, allowed for greater efficiency and faster travel speeds, making them a game-changer in the railway industry. Swindon, a new town in Wiltshire, had been established in the early 1840s as part of a strategic plan to centralize railway operations and create a hub for manufacturing and repair works. The town's rapid growth during this period is evident in the bustling activity depicted in this image. The railway village, with its neatly arranged houses and lush green spaces, provided a home for the workers and their families, ensuring a stable workforce for the growing railway industry. This enchanting snapshot of New Swindon in 1847 not only captures the essence of a bygone era but also highlights the transformative impact of the railway on the town and its people.

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