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Swindon Works Weighbridge, 1950

Swindon Works Weighbridge, 1950


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Filename: Harry collection.jpg

Size: 1612 x 2120 (409KB)

Date: 4th July 2013

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: Harry Collection

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Swindon Works Weighbridge, 1950

Internal view showing the large Pooley scales

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Swindon Works Pooley Scales Weigh House Weighbridge


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This print takes us back to the year 1950, offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Swindon Works Weighbridge at the STEAM Museum of the GWR. The image showcases an internal view that highlights the impressive presence of the large Pooley scales, which were undoubtedly essential in accurately weighing heavy loads during this era. The photograph transports us to a time when precision and meticulousness were paramount in every aspect of railway operations. The sheer size and robustness of these Pooley scales are awe-inspiring, serving as a testament to their importance within Swindon Works. It is fascinating to imagine how countless locomotives and carriages would have been meticulously weighed on these very scales before embarking on their journeys across Britain's vast rail network. The composition beautifully captures not only the grandeur of these historic weighing instruments but also offers glimpses into other elements surrounding them. From worn-out wooden planks beneath, symbolizing years of use, to various tools scattered around, hinting at bustling activity within this weigh house – each detail adds depth and authenticity to this snapshot frozen in time. As we admire this remarkable piece from yesteryears, it reminds us of our rich industrial heritage and pays homage to those who worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes at Swindon Works. This evocative print serves as a window into an era where precision engineering met with unwavering dedication – forever etching its mark on British railways' legacy.

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