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Swindon Town Station, c. 1960

Swindon Town Station, c. 1960


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Date: 26th April 2007

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Swindon Town Station, c. 1960

This station was originally on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway and was situated in Swindons Old Town. Seen here with a BR Southern Region locomotive.
The station opened in 1881 and closed to passengers in 1961

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1960 Station Swindon Wiltshire


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures Swindon Town Station in Wiltshire, England, as it looked around 1960. The station, situated in Swindon's Old Town, was originally part of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway and opened its doors to passengers in 1881. In this image, a British Rail Southern Region locomotive stands proudly at the platform, its steam billowing into the crisp autumn air. The station building, with its red-brick facade and ornate detailing, stands tall and imposing against the grey sky. Passengers, bundled up against the chill, can be seen milling about on the platform, some waiting for their trains while others bid farewell to loved ones. The scene is a poignant reminder of a bygone era in transport history. Swindon Town Station closed to passengers in 1961, a victim of the modernisation and electrification of the railway network. Today, this historic station is preserved at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, where it serves as a reminder of the rich railway heritage of Swindon and the surrounding area." "The photograph offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time when steam trains ruled the rails and travel by train was a more leisurely, romantic experience. It also highlights the importance of preserving our heritage, so that future generations can learn from and be inspired by the past." "Swindon Town Station, with its unique character and historical significance, continues to captivate and intrigue rail enthusiasts and history buffs alike. This photograph is a testament to the enduring allure of the railway and the memories it holds for so many people.

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