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Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942

Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942


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Size: 3268 x 2468 (1.4MB)

Date: 28th February 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: Harry Collection

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Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942

In this image taken at Swindon Works sometime during the latter half of the war, three women are shown working on the riveting of a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop. This kind of heavy work was previously undertaken exclusively by men but necessity during the Second World War meant that women became essential to the continued operation of the railways and the construction of new locomotives and rolling stock

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Media ID 19938923

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Boiler Female Swindon Works Women World War 2 War Work


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In this print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back to the year 1942 at Swindon Works during the tumultuous latter half of World War II. The image showcases a remarkable shift in societal norms as three determined women can be seen diligently riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop. Traditionally, such arduous and heavy work was exclusively reserved for men. However, with the pressing demands of war, these resilient women became indispensable to the functioning of railways and construction of new locomotives and rolling stock. Their unwavering dedication and skill proved that gender should never limit one's capabilities. The atmosphere within V Boiler Shop must have been charged with determination and camaraderie as these trailblazing women shattered stereotypes while contributing significantly to their nation's war effort. With sparks flying around them, they symbolize resilience amidst adversity - a testament to how necessity can break down barriers. This powerful visual encapsulates an era when ordinary individuals stepped up heroically in extraordinary circumstances. It serves as a poignant reminder that even during times of immense struggle, unity prevails over division. As we gaze upon this historic photograph, let us honor these unsung heroes who played an integral role in shaping our world today through their selflessness and unyielding spirit.

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