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Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in 1985

Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in 1985


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Size: 3900 x 3128 (2.2MB)

Date: 19th July 2011

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: s12 065

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Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in 1985

Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in May 1985. The slogans on the wall tell of the imminant closure of the Works

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Swindon Works 1985 Brel Closure


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In this poignant print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, we are transported back to May 1985 at Swindon Works. The image captures a group of men in the Engine Repairs shop, their faces etched with a mix of determination and uncertainty. The backdrop reveals more than just an ordinary workshop; it tells a story of imminent closure. Slogans painted on the walls serve as stark reminders that change is looming over these skilled workers and their beloved workplace. As they go about their daily tasks, they are reminded that this once-thriving hub for locomotive engineering is soon to be no more. The atmosphere within the shop seems heavy with nostalgia and camaraderie, as if each worker cherishes every moment spent amidst engines waiting for repair. Their expertise and dedication shine through despite the impending end. This photograph serves as a powerful reminder of an era coming to its close - not just for Swindon Works but also for British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL). It encapsulates both pride in craftsmanship and sadness over lost opportunities. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, let us remember those who dedicated themselves to keeping our railways running smoothly. Let us reflect on how progress can sometimes come at a cost, leaving behind memories etched forever in photographs like these.

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