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AW Wheel Shop

AW Wheel Shop


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Filename: S14 073.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2423 (764KB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Journal Lathe

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Swindon Lathe


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In this photograph from the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR), we find ourselves transported back in time to the AW Wheel Shop in Swindon. The focus of our attention is the Journal Lathe, a vital piece of machinery that played a significant role in the production of railway wheels during the steam era. The Journal Lathe, with its impressive size and intricate design, stands proudly in the heart of the workshop. Its purpose was to turn the journal, or the large bearing surface, of the wheel's axle to ensure a perfect fit and smooth running of the railway wheels. The process was crucial for maintaining the safety and efficiency of the steam trains that crisscrossed the country. The men in this photograph, dressed in their work uniforms, are engrossed in their tasks, each contributing to the intricate process of wheel manufacturing. The atmosphere is one of focused industry, with the clanging of metal against metal and the hiss of steam permeating the air. The use of natural light, streaming in through the large windows, adds an element of authenticity to the scene. The AW Wheel Shop in Swindon was a hive of activity during the steam era, producing thousands of wheels each year for the GWR. The Journal Lathe, with its precision and power, was an essential tool in this endeavor. Today, this photograph serves as a reminder of the ingenuity and determination of the engineers and workers who built and maintained the railway network that connected Britain. This evocative image invites us to imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of the workshop, offering a glimpse into the rich history of railway engineering and the vital role that the Journal Lathe played in shaping it.

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