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View of Swindon Works, c1860

View of Swindon Works, c1860


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Date: 10th July 2007

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View of Swindon Works, c1860

This early photograph of the Works was taken from St Marks Church and shows R Shop (Machine Shop). Hundreds of wheels can be seen stored outside ready to be fitted to vehicles. R Shop now houses STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Factory Swindon Swindon Works Victorian Workshop 1860 Chimney


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In this photograph taken from St Mark's Church in Swindon during the 1860s, the vast expanse of Swindon Works comes into view. The image offers a glimpse into the heart of this industrial powerhouse, specifically focusing on the R Shop, which now serves as the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR). The R Shop, or Machine Shop, is prominently displayed in this photograph, its imposing structure dwarfed by the towering chimney that belches smoke into the sky. The shop was a hub of activity, where skilled engineers and laborers worked tirelessly to maintain and repair the railway's locomotives and rolling stock. The open-air yard surrounding the R Shop is filled with hundreds of wheels, neatly stacked and ready to be fitted to the vehicles. The wheels, a testament to the sheer volume of work being carried out, are a striking contrast to the intricately designed machines that would soon be assembled using them. The Victorian era was a time of unprecedented industrial growth, and Swindon Works was at the forefront of this revolution. This photograph provides a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the factory, offering a glimpse into the daily life of the workers and the machinery that defined the era. The R Shop, now a museum, stands as a testament to Swindon's rich industrial heritage. The museum offers visitors an opportunity to explore the history of the GWR and the role that Swindon Works played in shaping the railway industry. This photograph, with its intriguing details and historical significance, serves as a reminder of the past and the incredible progress that has been made since.

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