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Swindon Works Hooter Operator 1936

Swindon Works Hooter Operator 1936


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Date: 15th August 2011

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Swindon Works Hooter Operator 1936

The hooter was a set of steam whistles that called employees into work, and signalled the end of the working day. The operator sounded the hooter by turning a wheel that released steam at high pressure, and sounded through the whistles on top of the hooter house

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1936 Employee Swindon Works Whistle


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This evocative photograph captures the moment as a hooter operator diligently performs his duties at Swindon Works in 1936. The hooter, an essential component of the daily routine for thousands of employees, was a set of powerful steam whistles that signaled the start and end of the working day. Located atop the hooter house, the hooter operator controlled the powerful machinery by turning a wheel that released steam at high pressure. The sound of the hooter would echo through the vast expanse of Swindon Works, calling employees to their stations and signaling the end of the workday. The image presents a glimpse into the past, offering a window into the lives of the dedicated men and women who worked at Swindon Works during this era. The hooter operator, clad in his protective gear, appears focused and determined as he goes about his task, ensuring that the workday begins and ends on time. The hooter, a symbol of industry and discipline, played a crucial role in the daily operations of Swindon Works. Its distinctive sound marked the rhythm of the workday, providing a sense of structure and order in the bustling industrial landscape. This photograph, taken at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, is a poignant reminder of the rich history of Swindon Works and the vital role that the hooter played in the lives of its employees. It invites us to reflect on the past and appreciate the significance of the everyday objects and rituals that shaped the lives of those who worked in the industrial heartland of Swindon.

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