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V Shop, 1951

V Shop, 1951


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Filename: S18 018.jpg

Size: 2416 x 3000 (693KB)

Date: 25th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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V Shop, 1951

Female member of staff drilling boiler from inside

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 464476

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

Boiler Swindon


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In this photograph titled "V Shop, 1951" we are transported back in time to the bustling atmosphere of the STEAM Museum of the GWR. The image showcases a remarkable moment captured within the walls of Swindon's iconic boiler workshop. At its heart, we see a determined female member of staff diligently drilling into a boiler from inside. Her focused expression reflects both her expertise and dedication to her craft. This powerful visual serves as a testament to the vital role women played in shaping Britain's railway history during an era when their contributions were often overlooked. The V Shop itself exudes an aura of industrial grandeur, with towering machinery and tools scattered across its vast space. Every detail in this print speaks volumes about the craftsmanship that went into constructing these colossal boilers, which powered countless locomotives traversing our nation's railways. This photograph not only captures a specific moment frozen in time but also encapsulates the spirit of innovation and progress that defined Britain's railway industry during this period. It invites us to reflect on how far we have come since then while paying homage to those who labored tirelessly behind-the-scenes. As we gaze upon this evocative image, it serves as a reminder that history is not just made by famous figures or monumental events but also by everyday individuals whose hard work shapes our world in profound ways.

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