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AW Wheel Shop, 1947

AW Wheel Shop, 1947


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Filename: S14 072.jpg

Size: 2399 x 3000 (671KB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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AW Wheel Shop, 1947

Re-wheeling of a locomotive

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 457407

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

Swindon


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This photograph, taken at the AW Wheel Shop in Swindon in 1947, showcases the intricate and meticulous process of re-wheeling a locomotive. The Great Western Railway (GWR) was renowned for its advanced engineering capabilities, and the AW Wheel Shop was at the heart of this innovation. The scene portrays a team of skilled workers, intently focused on their tasks, as they carefully remove and replace the wheels of a locomotive. The process began with the removal of the old wheels, which were inspected for any signs of wear or damage. Once deemed fit for replacement or repaired, the new wheels were then fitted onto the axles. The precision and care taken during this procedure were essential to ensure the safety and efficiency of the locomotive. Each wheel was carefully balanced and aligned to ensure that the locomotive would run smoothly and evenly, reducing the risk of derailment or uneven wear. The AW Wheel Shop was a hive of activity, with teams working around the clock to maintain the vast fleet of locomotives that powered the GWR network. The shop was equipped with the latest technology and machinery, allowing the team to turn around locomotives quickly and efficiently. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, showcasing the dedication and expertise of the GWR workforce. It serves as a reminder of the importance of maintenance and engineering in keeping the railways running smoothly and safely, and the crucial role that the AW Wheel Shop played in this endeavour.

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