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J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951

J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951


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Filename: S16 129.jpg

Size: 2429 x 3000 (854KB)

Date: 15th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951

Casting cylinders

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Swindon Foundry


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This photograph, taken in 1951 at the J Shop Iron Foundry in Swindon, transports us back in time to an era when iron production was a labor-intensive and intricately choreographed process. The foundry, which was not affiliated with the J.S. Henry & Co. Ltd. or any specific company, was a vital component of the Great Western Railway's (GWR) engineering works in Swindon. The image showcases the casting cylinders, which were essential components of steam locomotives. The cylinders, filled with molten iron, were meticulously poured into sand molds, allowing the iron to take the shape of the cylinder liners. Once cooled and hardened, the cylinders were carefully extracted from the molds and prepared for installation in steam engines. The scene in this photograph is a testament to the skill and precision required to produce these critical components. The foundry workers, dressed in protective gear, work in unison to ensure the successful casting of the cylinders. The iron is heated in the furnace, carefully poured into the molds, and then allowed to cool and solidify. The process was both dangerous and demanding, requiring a high level of expertise and a keen attention to detail. The J Shop Iron Foundry was a crucial part of the GWR's engineering works in Swindon, which was renowned for its advanced manufacturing capabilities. The foundry's output played a significant role in maintaining the railway's vast fleet of steam locomotives, ensuring they remained in top working order. This photograph offers a unique glimpse into the past, providing us with a fascinating insight into the intricacies of iron casting and the importance of the foundry in the railway industry during the early 20th century.

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