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Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump, 1892

Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump, 1892


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Date: 25th October 2011

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Unique Reference Number: W43 028

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Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump, 1892

Dozens of wagons can be seen here lined up at Swindon Works waiting to be scrapped. The GWRs broad gauge came to a final end in May 1892. Hundreds of locomotives, carriages and wagons were taken out of service as standard gauge vehicles took over

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This evocative photograph captures the poignant moment in railway history when Swindon Works, the epicenter of Great Western Railway (GWR) manufacturing since 1841, prepared to bid farewell to its broad gauge legacy. Taken in 1892, the year the broad gauge came to an end, this image reveals a scene of dozens of wagons meticulously aligned at the Swindon Works Broad Gauge Wagon Dump. The GWR's broad gauge system, which had been in operation since the company's inception, was replaced by the standard gauge due to its superior efficiency and compatibility with other railways. This transition marked a significant milestone in the evolution of the railway network in Britain. As the era of broad gauge came to a close, hundreds of locomotives, carriages, and wagons were taken out of service. This photograph offers a glimpse into the vast collection of broad gauge wagons, now awaiting their fate at the Swindon Works dump. The wagons, once an integral part of the GWR's extensive fleet, now stood idle, their days of hauling freight and goods long behind them. The private owner of this photograph, who captured this moment in time, preserves a piece of railway history that resonates with the spirit of change and progress. This image serves as a poignant reminder of the GWR's broad gauge past and the inexorable march of technological advancement in the railway industry.

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