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View of Swindon Works, 1982

View of Swindon Works, 1982


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Filename: 27.jpg

Size: 3700 x 1804 (1.1MB)

Date: 19th July 2011

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: s10 006

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View of Swindon Works, 1982

A view of Swindon Works in 1982 with an Intercity 125 speeding past on the main London to Bristol line. The building it is passing is now STEAM - Museum of the GWR

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1980s Swindon Swindon Works Brel Intercity 125


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This print captures a nostalgic glimpse into the past, showcasing the iconic Swindon Works in 1982. As one's eyes wander through this historical image, they are immediately drawn to the Intercity 125 train zooming past on the main London to Bristol line. The sheer speed and power of this magnificent locomotive is palpable, evoking a sense of awe and admiration for both its engineering prowess and its role in connecting two major cities. The building that serves as a backdrop to this dynamic scene has since transformed into what is now known as STEAM - Museum of the GWR. Once home to British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) and referred to as "20 Shop" it witnessed countless hours of hard work by skilled craftsmen who meticulously crafted and maintained these remarkable trains. Transporting us back in time, this photograph encapsulates an era when Class 43 locomotives reigned supreme, symbolizing progress and modernity. It invites us to reflect upon how far we have come technologically while cherishing our rich railway heritage. As we gaze at this snapshot frozen in time, let us appreciate not only the physical transformation of Swindon Works but also acknowledge how it has evolved into a cherished cultural institution that celebrates the legacy of Great Western Railway.

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