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F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop, 1936

F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop, 1936


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Filename: S15 050.jpg

Size: 2473 x 3000 (1.1MB)

Date: 14th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop, 1936

Forging a connecting rod

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 458791

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

Swindon Hammer


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This print takes us back to the year 1936, transporting us into the heart of the F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop at the STEAM Museum of the GWR. The image captures a pivotal moment in industrial history as skilled workers forge a connecting rod with sheer precision and expertise. The atmosphere within this bustling workshop is palpable; thick clouds of steam enveloping the scene, while sparks fly from every corner. Amidst this symphony of machinery, we witness a group of dedicated craftsmen meticulously shaping metal using an enormous hammer. Their synchronized movements reveal years of experience and an unwavering commitment to their craft. Every detail in this photograph tells a story: from the worn-out aprons draped over their sturdy frames to their focused expressions etched with determination. It is evident that these men possess not only physical strength but also an innate understanding of metallurgy and engineering principles. As we gaze upon this frozen moment in time, we are reminded of how far technology has advanced since then. Yet, there is something undeniably captivating about witnessing human skill and ingenuity at work without modern-day automation. This remarkable print serves as a testament to both our industrial heritage and those unsung heroes who labored tirelessly behind closed doors to shape our world. It stands as a tribute to their dedication, reminding us that progress is built on the foundations laid by generations before us.

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