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AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

AV Boiler Shop, c1920s


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Filename: S14 050.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2408 (814KB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

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This evocative photograph captures the AV Boiler Shop in Swindon during the 1920s, a time when the Great Western Railway (GWR) was at the forefront of railway engineering innovation in the United Kingdom. The AV Boiler Shop, named after the renowned GWR Chief Mechanical Engineer, Ivan Kinchin-Smith's initials, was a vital component of the Swindon Works complex, which produced over 10,000 locomotives between 1843 and 1960. The image reveals a bustling scene of workers in various stages of constructing and repairing boilers for steam locomotives. The boiler, a critical component of a steam engine, is the large, cylindrical vessel at the heart of the photograph. It is filled with water and heated by a fire to create steam, which in turn powers the engine. The workers can be seen meticulously welding the boiler's seams, checking the pressure gauges, and hammering away at the metal. The photograph also showcases the impressive scale of the workshop, with towering cranes and massive machinery in the background. The open doors reveal a vast expanse of space, allowing for the large locomotives to be maneuvered in and out for repairs. The workers, dressed in their overalls and protective gear, appear focused and determined, a testament to the importance of their work in keeping the railway running smoothly. This photograph offers a unique glimpse into the past, providing a fascinating insight into the world of railway engineering during the 1920s. The AV Boiler Shop at Swindon Works was a hive of activity, where skilled workers combined their expertise and dedication to produce and maintain the steam locomotives that powered the GWR's extensive network. This photograph is a reminder of the ingenuity, hard work, and passion that went into creating and maintaining the steam railway, a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate us today.

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