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Women working on a locomotive boiler in Swindon Work during WW2

Women working on a locomotive boiler in Swindon Work during WW2


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Size: 2453 x 1854 (528KB)

Date: 7th October 2008

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Women working on a locomotive boiler in Swindon Work during WW2

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 1284447

© STEAM Picture Library 2008 - All Rights Reserved

Boiler Second World War Wartime Female Workers Riveting


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In this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back to the heart of World War II, where women played an integral role in supporting the war effort. The image showcases a group of determined and resilient female workers diligently working on a locomotive boiler at Swindon Work. Amidst the backdrop of wartime chaos, these courageous women fearlessly stepped into traditionally male-dominated roles within the boilershop. Their unwavering dedication and skillful craftsmanship were vital in keeping Britain's railway system running smoothly during such challenging times. As riveting as their work itself, this photograph captures not only their physical labor but also their unwavering spirit. With sleeves rolled up and faces focused, they embody strength and determination that became synonymous with female workers during the Second World War. The significance of this image extends beyond its historical context; it serves as a powerful reminder that gender should never limit one's capabilities or contributions. These remarkable women shattered stereotypes and proved themselves capable of excelling in any field they chose to pursue. This print is a testament to their invaluable contribution to both our nation's history and the ongoing fight for gender equality. It stands as a tribute to all those who worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes during WWII – unsung heroes whose efforts deserve recognition for shaping our world today.

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