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Naval guns at Swindon Works, alongside Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick, c. 1915

Naval guns at Swindon Works, alongside Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick, c. 1915


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Date: 30th January 2014

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Naval guns at Swindon Works, alongside Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick, c. 1915

A view of four naval guns at Swindon works, positioned with Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick on show on the turntable. This is very much a publicity photograph for the GWR. Not only does it showcase the manufacturing capabilities of the Works during the war, but it also exhibits their premier passenger express locomotive class at that time

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Munitions Star Class Swindon Works 4013 Knight Of St Patrick Naval Guns


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EDITORS COMMENTS
An iconic snapshot of history unfolds in this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR. Transporting us back to circa 1915, it captures a remarkable juxtaposition between four formidable naval guns and the majestic Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick. This carefully orchestrated composition serves as a powerful testament to both Swindon Works' manufacturing prowess during World War I and the Great Western Railway's prestigious passenger express locomotive class at that time. A true masterpiece of publicity photography, it effortlessly showcases two distinct symbols of British excellence. The imposing presence of the naval guns is impossible to ignore; their sheer size and military significance command attention. As they stand tall alongside the gleaming locomotive on display at Swindon Works' turntable, one cannot help but be awestruck by their immense power and purpose. Simultaneously, this photograph also pays homage to GWR's commitment towards supporting Britain's war efforts. By highlighting their ability to produce munitions alongside world-class locomotives, it conveys an unwavering dedication towards serving both civilian and military needs during tumultuous times. In essence, this extraordinary image encapsulates a pivotal moment in history where industry meets warfare with unyielding determination. It invites us to reflect upon the indomitable spirit that propelled nations forward during World War I while marveling at the ingenuity behind these magnificent creations.

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