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View of Swindon Works, c1980s

View of Swindon Works, c1980s


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Filename: S10 005.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2397 (615KB)

Date: 10th July 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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View of Swindon Works, c1980s

This photograph was taken from St Marks Church and shows J Shop (Iron Foundry) to the left and R Shop in the centre. R Shop is now houses STEAM Museum of the GWR

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 485067

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Swindon Foundry


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This print takes us back to the 1980s, offering a mesmerizing view of Swindon Works from the vantage point of St Marks Church. The industrial landscape unfolds before our eyes, showcasing the impressive J Shop (Iron Foundry) on the left and the prominent R Shop in the center. Little did anyone know at that time that this very spot would one day house the remarkable STEAM Museum of the GWR. The image captures a moment frozen in time, where smoke billows from towering chimneys and workers bustle around these historic workshops. It serves as a poignant reminder of Swindon's rich railway heritage and its pivotal role in shaping Britain's transportation history. As we delve into this photograph, we are transported to an era when steam locomotives ruled supreme and Swindon Works was at its peak. The intricate details captured by this lens allow us to appreciate both the grandeur and complexity of these iconic structures. Today, standing on this hallowed ground is STEAM Museum of the GWR - an institution dedicated to preserving and celebrating Swindon's railway legacy. This transformation signifies not only a shift in times but also highlights how historical landmarks can be repurposed for future generations' enjoyment and education. In essence, this print encapsulates more than just bricks-and-mortar; it immortalizes an important chapter in Swindon's history while reminding us all that even amidst change, our past continues to shape our present.

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