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Locomotives awaiting to be scrapped at Swindon Works, 1962

Locomotives awaiting to be scrapped at Swindon Works, 1962


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Filename: L13c 093.jpg

Size: 3087 x 1926 (688KB)

Date: 17th April 2008

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Locomotives awaiting to be scrapped at Swindon Works, 1962

No 4085, Berkeley Castle, and No 5090 Neath Abbey can be seen in the line-up

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Swindon Scrap


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In this evocative photograph taken at Swindon Works in 1962, the once-mighty locomotives stand proud but await their fate. The steam era was drawing to a close, and these majestic machines, now relics of a bygone age, were marked for scrap. Among the line-up, two locomotives, No. 4085 Berkeley Castle and No. 5090 Neath Abbey, can be identified. Swindon Works, the largest railway works in the world during its heyday, was the birthplace of thousands of locomotives for the Great Western Railway (GWR). The sight of these engines, now gathered together to meet their end, is a poignant reminder of the relentless march of progress. The steam locomotives, with their intricate designs and powerful presence, were being replaced by more modern and efficient diesel and electric engines. The photograph captures the raw emotion of the moment, with the rusted metal, the faded paintwork, and the weary expressions on the faces of the engines. The scene is a testament to the enduring romance of the steam age, a time when the railway was the lifeblood of the nation, connecting communities and fueling the industrial revolution. As the sun sets on the era of steam, the locomotives await their turn to be dismantled and their parts sold for scrap. The photograph is a poignant reminder of the passing of an era and the inexorable march of progress. It is a snapshot of history, a moment frozen in time, and a tribute to the men and machines that shaped the railway and the world we live in today. The photograph is part of the extensive collection of the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, which preserves and celebrates the rich history of the GWR and the steam age. It is a reminder of the past, a window into the present, and a bridge to the future.

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