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Steam locomotives waiting to be scrapped lined up in the Concentration Yard at Swindon Works in 1952

Steam locomotives waiting to be scrapped lined up in the Concentration Yard at Swindon Works in 1952


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Filename: 6.2 Scrapped locos.jpg

Size: 2787 x 2043 (1.1MB)

Date: 26th January 2022

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: S15 035

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Steam locomotives waiting to be scrapped lined up in the Concentration Yard at Swindon Works in 1952

Steam locomotives waiting to be scrapped are shown lined up in the Concentration Yard at Swindon Works in 1952

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Swindon Works Scrapped


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In this poignant photo print, we are transported back to the year 1952 at Swindon Works' Concentration Yard. A somber scene unfolds before our eyes as a row of majestic steam locomotives stand in line, waiting for their inevitable fate of being scrapped. These once proud symbols of industrial might now find themselves relegated to this melancholic resting place. The image captures the essence of change and progress that swept through the railway industry during that era. The steam locomotives, with their intricate designs and powerful engines, had long been the backbone of transportation across Great Britain. However, as technology advanced and diesel engines emerged on the horizon, these magnificent beasts were deemed obsolete. The Concentration Yard itself serves as a stark reminder of this transition period in history. It became a temporary home for countless locomotives awaiting their final journey to be dismantled or repurposed elsewhere. The atmosphere is heavy with nostalgia and reflection; one can almost hear the echoes of whistles blowing and feel the vibrations from wheels rolling along tracks. This photograph not only showcases an important moment in railway history but also evokes a sense of respect for these machines that faithfully served generations before us. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, we cannot help but marvel at both their beauty and eventual demise – forever etched into our collective memory at STEAM Museum of GWR.

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