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Swindon Works Collection (#2)

The GWR's Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon

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Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works War Work, 23rd January 1942

Swindon Works War Work, 23rd January 1942
Female workers sorting 25 PDR shells. Work issued by the Ministry of Supply

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: King George V entering the cab of No 4082 Windsor Castle, 1924

King George V entering the cab of No 4082 Windsor Castle, 1924
King George V and Queen Mary visited Swindon Works in April 1924. They arrived and departed on Windsor Castle

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: New Swindon, c1860

New Swindon, c1860
This early view of Swindon looking north shows the Works and the Railway Village in their infancy. St Marks Church can clearly be seen just behind the newly laid out park

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1930s

View of Swindon Works, c1930s
This photograph was taken from the Pattern Store building and shows tehe Works turntable and A Shop in the background

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1860

View of Swindon Works, c1860
This early photograph of the Works was taken from St Marks Church and shows R Shop (Machine Shop). Hundreds of wheels can be seen stored outside ready to be fitted to vehicles

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927. Seen here at Swindon Works suspended above BR diesels No 08 036 and 08 675

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 6000 King George V in Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V in Swindon Works
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 5002 Ludlow Castle outside Swindon Works, 1962

No 5002 Ludlow Castle outside Swindon Works, 1962
4-6-0 Castle Class locomotive. Built 1926

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Trip, c1910

Swindon Works Trip, c1910
GWR families from Swindon wait in line to board the trains for Trip week. Destinations included Weymouth, Weston Super Mare and Cornwall

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c. 1910

Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c. 1910
Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c.1910

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Castle Class locomotive No. 4087, Cardigan Castle at Swindon Works, 1929

Castle Class locomotive No. 4087, Cardigan Castle at Swindon Works, 1929
The large pattern store can be seen to the left of the image

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Women war workers stamping ammunition shells in B Shop, 1942

Women war workers stamping ammunition shells in B Shop, 1942

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump, 1892

Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump, 1892

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works tunnel entrance, 1966

Swindon Works tunnel entrance, 1966
This was the main Swindon Works tunnel entrance. The image was taken in 1966 when the new sign had been erected. The two smaller signs display access time for vehicles

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works war work, 22nd January 1942

Swindon Works war work, 22nd January 1942
Female worker machining a 25 PDR shell. Work issued by Ministry of Supply

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works War Work, 26th June 1942

Swindon Works War Work, 26th June 1942
A female worker varnishing the inside of a 9.2" shell. This work was issued by the Ministry of Supply

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1980s

View of Swindon Works, c1980s
This photograph was taken from St Marks Church and shows J Shop (Iron Foundry) to the left and R Shop in the centre. R Shop is now houses STEAM Museum of the GWR

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AE Erecting Shop, c1927

AE Erecting Shop, c1927
King class boiler being lowered on to driving wheels

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

AV Boiler Shop, c1920s
Boiler suspended vertically from crane

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s

Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s
Swindon Works Map, c.1940s, showing the growth of the GWR Works in Swindon between 1846 and the 1940s. The sheer volume of workshops and sidings can be seen in fascinating detail

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AE Erecting Shop, 1927

AE Erecting Shop, 1927
First batch of King class locomotives under construction

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AW Wheel Shop, 1947

AW Wheel Shop, 1947
Re-wheeling of a locomotive

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939

LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939
This official photograph of an ambulance train car was taken on behalf of the Swindon Works Drawing Office in October 1939

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: New Swindon, 1847

New Swindon, 1847
Lithograph of New Swindon in 1847 with broad gauge locomotive, Fire Brand, in foreground. Swindon Works can be seen to the right on the image, with the Railway Village to the left

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 7 Shop, Carriage Finishing Shop, 1924

No 7 Shop, Carriage Finishing Shop, 1924
Dozens of men can be seen here in the carriage finishing shop. It was here that parts of the carriages were finished off. Doors

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 5055, Lydford Castle, at Swindon Works, c1950s

No 5055, Lydford Castle, at Swindon Works, c1950s
Castle Class locomotive, Lydford Castle, can be seen here moving onto traverser in A Erecting Shop at Swindon Works

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959

Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959
Swindon Works Drawing Office, c.1959

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1946

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1946
These men are working hard helping to construct a Hawksworth coach body. Each piece of timber and frame had its own place and slotted in with exact precision

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951

J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951
Casting cylinders

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AM Machine Shop, 1934

AM Machine Shop, 1934
Shows Butlers axlebox planing machine

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Apprentice Training School - 1979 intake

Apprentice Training School - 1979 intake

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1913

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1913
The large expanse that is the carriage body shop can be seen here. Several carriage bodies can be seen lined up as they are assembed

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938

K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938
Making domes and saftey valve covers

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AW Wheel Shop

AW Wheel Shop
Journal Lathe

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AE Erecting Shop, c1927

AE Erecting Shop, c1927
Construction of a King class locomotive

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: V shop, c1930

V shop, c1930
Rivetting a firebox

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: U.s locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942

U.s locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942
U.S locomotive, No. 1604 is photographed here at Swindon Works in December 1942. Many of the American engines that were shipped to Britain were actually on their way to service on the continent

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of the south side of A Shop, c1914

View of the south side of A Shop, c1914

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: 8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914

8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914
This 8in. howitzer gun carriage was one of the first batch to be made at Swindon Works. It sits on an unfinished OPEN B wagon awaiting dispatch

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950

No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950
These men are working on the components used in the assembly of carriage lights. In the centre of the image, on the floor, is a domed light fitting either awaiting repair or construction

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942

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

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941

Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941
In September 1941, three Matilda II tanks were photographed leaving AE shop on Rectank wagons. The tanks are incomplete and are presumably ready to be transported elsewhere for final assembly

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Apprentice Training School, Dean Street, Swindon, 1963

Apprentice Training School, Dean Street, Swindon, 1963
Young apprentices with Senior Instructor Geoff Webber

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Wheeling a King Class locomotive, A Shop, 1927

Wheeling a King Class locomotive, A Shop, 1927

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Apprentice Training School, Swindon - 1975 intake

Apprentice Training School, Swindon - 1975 intake

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s

No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s
Two ladies are sat weaving luggage racks for the carriages built at Swindon Works. The majority of women were employed at the Works in roles that required good dexterity and skill




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