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Swindon Station, c. 1920

Swindon Station, c. 1920


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Filename: S7b 045.jpg

Size: 3000 x 1852 (630KB)

Date: 11th July 2008

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: S7b 045

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Swindon Station, c. 1920

A view of Swindon Junction Station in Wiltshire, c.1920, showing a mixture of activity on the platforms.
Swindon Junction opened in 1842 and became known as simply Swindon Station in 1961 when Swindon Town station in Swindons Old Town closed

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1920 1920s Junction Station Swindon Swindon Junction Wiltshire


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This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back to a bustling scene at Swindon Junction Station in Wiltshire, circa 1920. The image showcases a vibrant mix of activity on the platforms, providing a glimpse into the daily life and travel experiences of that era. Swindon Junction Station has a rich history, having opened its doors in 1842 as an important railway hub. Over time, it became affectionately known as simply Swindon Station when its counterpart, Swindon Town station in Swindon's Old Town, closed down in 1961. In this snapshot frozen in time, one can almost hear the hiss of steam engines and feel the excitement permeating through the air. Passengers eagerly await their trains while porters scurry about attending to luggage and parcels. The platform is alive with people from all walks of life - families bidding farewell to loved ones or reuniting after long journeys. The architecture exudes classic charm with its Victorian design elements blending seamlessly with early twentieth-century aesthetics. This photograph serves as a testament to both human ingenuity and engineering marvels that connected communities across vast distances during an era defined by rail travel. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece of history captured on film, we are transported back to an age where train stations were not just gateways but also bustling centers teeming with stories waiting to unfold.

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