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AM Machine Shop, 1934

AM Machine Shop, 1934


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Filename: S14 033.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2397 (958KB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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AM Machine Shop, 1934

Shows Butlers axlebox planing machine

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 457402

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Swindon


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This photograph, taken in 1934, transports us back in time to the AM Machine Shop in Swindon, where the art of engineering was brought to life. The image showcases a Butlers axlebox planing machine, a testament to the advanced technology and precision craftsmanship that defined the era. The machine, with its intricate mechanisms and robust design, stands proudly in the workshop, surrounded by an array of tools and components. The large, cast-iron base provides stability, while the overhead crane looms overhead, ready to lift and maneuver heavy parts. The machine's purpose was to plane the axleboxes of steam locomotives, ensuring a smooth and efficient ride for passengers and freight. The scene is filled with a sense of industry and purpose, as skilled engineers and machinists worked tirelessly to maintain the railway fleet. The atmosphere is one of dedication and pride, as each worker contributed to the greater goal of keeping the trains running on time. The AM Machine Shop was a vital part of the Great Western Railway's (GWR) engineering network, and this photograph offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of this remarkable institution. The Butlers axlebox planing machine, with its impressive size and intricate details, is a symbol of the engineering prowess that defined the GWR and the railway industry as a whole during this period. Today, this photograph serves as a reminder of the rich history of railway engineering and the important role that places like the AM Machine Shop played in shaping the transport landscape of the past and, in many ways, the present. The precision, dedication, and innovation on display in this image continue to inspire and captivate us, making it a must-see for anyone with an interest in engineering, history, or the railway industry.

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