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Swindon Works staff boarding Trip trains in 1934

Swindon Works staff boarding Trip trains in 1934


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Filename: Trip 1934.jpg

Size: 3234 x 2390 (1.7MB)

Date: 8th November 2008

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: R8 006

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Swindon Works staff boarding Trip trains in 1934

Swindon Works staff and families making their way to board Trip Trains in 1934

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 1337504

© STEAM Picture Library 2008 - All Rights Reserved

1934 Swindon Works Trip


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This evocative photograph captures a moment in time as Swindon Works staff and their families make their way to board Trip Trains in 1934. Swindon Works, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, was the largest railway works in the world at the time, employing over 12,000 people. The annual Trip Trains were a much-anticipated event, offering the workers and their families the opportunity to enjoy a day out together, exploring the picturesque countryside and scenic routes of the Great Western Railway (GWR). Dressed in their Sunday best, the men, women, and children are seen here gathering at Swindon station, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their Trip Train. The excitement is palpable as they prepare to embark on this special journey, many carrying picnic baskets and blankets, ready to make the most of their day out. The Trip Trains were a long-standing tradition at Swindon Works, with the first recorded trip taking place in 1877. The event was organised by the Swindon Locomotive and Carriage Works Social Committee, who worked tirelessly to ensure that each trip was a memorable one. The trains would often be decorated with bunting and flowers, and the staff would be treated to a day of entertainment and activities, including sports, games, and live music. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the strong sense of community that existed within Swindon Works during this period. It also offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the men, women, and children who worked and lived in Swindon during the 1930s, providing a valuable insight into the social history of the town and the railway industry as a whole.

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