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AE Erecting Shop, 1925

AE Erecting Shop, 1925


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Filename: S13 044.jpg

Size: 3264 x 4000 (1.2MB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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AE Erecting Shop, 1925

French compound, No 4022 Belgian Monarch suspended in air whilst undergoing repair

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Erecting Swindon


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This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back to 1925, offering a glimpse into the bustling world of railway engineering. The image showcases the impressive AE Erecting Shop in Swindon, where skilled workers meticulously attend to locomotives with utmost precision and care. At its center stage is an awe-inspiring sight: No 4022 Belgian Monarch, a magnificent French compound locomotive suspended gracefully in mid-air. This majestic engine appears weightless as it undergoes essential repairs, showcasing both the ingenuity of engineering and the dedication of those who maintain these powerful machines. The photograph captures a moment frozen in time; it encapsulates not only technical expertise but also highlights the rich history and cultural exchange within Europe's rail industry. The collaboration between France and Belgium is evident through this remarkable locomotive's presence on British soil. As we gaze upon this extraordinary scene, we can almost hear the clanging sounds of metal against metal echoing throughout the workshop. We imagine steam billowing out from underfoot while sparks dance amidst an atmosphere filled with determination and pride. This print serves as a testament to human innovation and craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. It reminds us that behind every great machine lies countless hours spent perfecting its inner workings – ensuring safe travels for all who embark on these iron giants' journeys across vast distances.

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