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Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 loaded with gun carriages at Swindon Works, c. 1915

Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 loaded with gun carriages at Swindon Works, c. 1915


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Date: 30th January 2014

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Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 loaded with gun carriages at Swindon Works, c. 1915

Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 has been photographed here loaded with 2 gun carriages awaiting dispatch from Swindon Works. The Macaw B was the GWRs standard bogie bolster wagon which, in normal service, was generally used to transport timber. During the war many of these wagons were requisitioned for military use, as shown by the writing along the side of the wagon specifying for military purposes only ; and where necessary, modifications and truss strengthening took place in order to accommodate abnormally heavy loads

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Munitions Swindon Works Wagon World War 1 Gun Carriages


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This print showcases the Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350, a remarkable piece of history from around 1915. Laden with two powerful gun carriages, this wagon stands as a testament to the pivotal role it played during World War I. Originally designed by the Great Western Railway (GWR) for transporting timber, these wagons were requisitioned for military purposes when war broke out. The image captures the sheer strength and adaptability of the Macaw B wagon, which underwent necessary modifications and truss strengthening to accommodate its abnormally heavy loads. The writing along its side boldly declares its exclusive use for military purposes only, highlighting its crucial contribution in times of conflict. Located at Swindon Works, this snapshot transports us back in time to an era where munitions production was paramount. It offers a glimpse into the immense effort put forth by GWR and other industries during wartime – their unwavering dedication to supporting troops on the front lines. As we admire this photograph, let us remember those who labored tirelessly behind-the-scenes to ensure our soldiers had access to vital resources. This print serves as a poignant reminder of how railways played an integral part in shaping history and safeguarding nations during times of turmoil.

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