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Staff Collection

Background imageStaff Collection: George Jackson Churchward (1857 - 1933)

George Jackson Churchward (1857 - 1933)
George Jackson Churchward, pictured here in 1918, was the GWRs Chief Mechanical Engineer between 1902 and 1921. He oversaw the Swindon Works modernisation and introduced the 4-6-0 locomotives

Background imageStaff Collection: Loco staff cleaning No 5029 Nunney Castle

Loco staff cleaning No 5029 Nunney Castle
4-6-0 Castle class locomotive. Built 1934

Background imageStaff Collection: Highbridge Station, Somerset, 1928

Highbridge Station, Somerset, 1928
A view of Highbridge station in Somerset, taken in 1928. The milk churns in this photograph are empty, having just been dropped off by a departed train

Background imageStaff Collection: Buffet Car No 9631, c1934

Buffet Car No 9631, c1934
GWR Publicity photograph Built 1934 to diagram H41. Currently on display at STEAM Museum of the GWR, Swindon

Background imageStaff Collection: Crowds at the Evening Star naming ceremony, 18th March 1960

Crowds at the Evening Star naming ceremony, 18th March 1960
Crowds at the naming ceremony for Evening Star at Swindon Works in 1960. Evening Star was the last mainline British Railways steam locomotive to be built in Britain at Swindon Works

Background imageStaff Collection: Drivers Ernie Simms and Brian Kervin on board diesel locomotive No. D7010

Drivers Ernie Simms and Brian Kervin on board diesel locomotive No. D7010
D7000 Hymek class locomotive

Background imageStaff Collection: Neyland Fish Platform, Pembrokeshire, c. 1910

Neyland Fish Platform, Pembrokeshire, c. 1910
A view of GWR company servants unloading fish crates from the rail link at Neyland in Pembrokeshire, c.1910. The fishing industry boomed in the area from 1908 until World War I caused many ships to

Background imageStaff Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1946

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1946
These men are working hard helping to construct a Hawksworth coach body. Each piece of timber and frame had its own place and slotted in with exact precision

Background imageStaff Collection: Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914

Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914
Porters sort and move empty milk churns on Platform 1 of Paddington Station in London, c.1914. The overall roof of Paddingtons train shed can be seen in the background

Background imageStaff Collection: Loco staff cleaning No 6014 King Henry VII, c1930

Loco staff cleaning No 6014 King Henry VII, c1930
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1928

Background imageStaff Collection: No 6010 King Charles I at Swindon Engine Shed, 1951

No 6010 King Charles I at Swindon Engine Shed, 1951
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1928. Seen here at Swindon Shed being tube cleaned with a steam lance

Background imageStaff Collection: Locomotive No 4082, Windsor Castle, c. 1920s

Locomotive No 4082, Windsor Castle, c. 1920s
Castle Class locomotive, Windsor Castle, is being prepared with royal regalia at Swindon Works. Eight men can be seen cleaning the locomotive ready for use by the Royal Family

Background imageStaff Collection: Hungerford station, c. 1906

Hungerford station, c. 1906
Staff and passengers pose alongside steam rail motor no.74 whilst it is stopped at Hungerford station. This photo was proably taken not long after no.74 was built

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940

GWR Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940
A busy office scene pictured here in 1940. This office was part of the GWRs Emergency Headquarters located at Aldermaston, Berkshire

Background imageStaff Collection: Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940

Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940
An image showing passenger tickets being checked at Paddington Station, London, c.1940. A ticket inspector is checking the ticket of a city gentleman wearing a bowler hat

Background imageStaff Collection: Reading Signal Works, September 1936

Reading Signal Works, September 1936
Construction of a locking frame

Background imageStaff Collection: Medical Fund Hospital staff and patients, c1890

Medical Fund Hospital staff and patients, c1890
The Medical Fund Hospital was established in 1871. It opened due to a increase in the size of Swindon Works and the number of accidents occuring

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Notice, 1888

GWR Notice, 1888
A GWR public notice issued by General Manager Henry Lambert discouraging them to give fees to members of staff

Background imageStaff Collection: Newspaper Train on Platform 4 at Paddington Station, 1937

Newspaper Train on Platform 4 at Paddington Station, 1937
An image showing Paddington station staff on Platform 4 receiving the daily newspapers from the 12.50am Newspaper Train, 1937

Background imageStaff Collection: Platform 8 at Paddington Station, 1905

Platform 8 at Paddington Station, 1905
Arrival of an Ocean Mail Special from Plymouth. Staff unload mail from carriages to horse drawn Royal Mail vans ready for delivery

Background imageStaff Collection: Staff at Stratford on Avon station, 1910s

Staff at Stratford on Avon station, 1910s
A posed group photograph of staff at Stratford on Avon station, 1910s. They are seated on and standing behind a GWR bench on the platform

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c. 1939

GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c. 1939
During an air raid the threat of poison gas bombs being dropped by the German Luftwaffe was extremely high. Mustard gas was the most deadly gas available and could take up to 12 hours to take effect

Background imageStaff Collection: No. 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, October 1937

No. 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, October 1937
A rather busy scene here. Hundreds of men are working on carriage seat upholstery and padding cushions with horse hair. Racks of carriage seats

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Trip Notice, July 1912

GWR Trip Notice, July 1912
The front cover of a booklet providing information about the GWR Mechanics Institution Trip travel arrangements in July 1912

Background imageStaff Collection: Trip week holiday makers at Tenby, c1930

Trip week holiday makers at Tenby, c1930
Swindon Works staff and their families at Tenby during their trip holiday in about 1930

Background imageStaff Collection: Servicemen drinking tea from a refreshment trolley on Paddington station, during WWII

Servicemen drinking tea from a refreshment trolley on Paddington station, during WWII
A member of Refreshment Department staff serving tea to servicemen from her platform trolley at Paddington Station is the feature of this official photograph taken in 1943

Background imageStaff Collection: County of Middlesex

County of Middlesex
GWR 4-6-0 locomotive number 1000 County of Middlesex with a group of staff. Built 1945, withdrawn 1964

Background imageStaff Collection: Westbourne Park Motor Depot, 1920

Westbourne Park Motor Depot, 1920
GWR battery powered Express Parcels lorry see here recharging

Background imageStaff Collection: Retired staff returning to work at Didcot Station, 1917

Retired staff returning to work at Didcot Station, 1917
These retired members of staff returned to work during the First World War to help out where there was a shortage of men. They are (L-R) James Stock, David Ireland and George Wilks

Background imageStaff Collection: Post Office Sorting Van, 1st July 1935

Post Office Sorting Van, 1st July 1935
Sorting the South Devon Mails in coach no 806. Diagram No L18

Background imageStaff Collection: Medical Fund Hospital Staff and Patients, c1880

Medical Fund Hospital Staff and Patients, c1880
The Medical Fund Hospital was established in 1871

Background imageStaff Collection: No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1952

No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1952
This worker is operating a steam hammer in the Smith Shop. He is wearing the traditional leather apron to protect against hot metal and sparks

Background imageStaff Collection: Petrol driven Karrier on Platform 5 at Paddington Station, c. 1935

Petrol driven Karrier on Platform 5 at Paddington Station, c. 1935
A three wheeled mechanical horse driven by a GWR porter helps with the movement of parcels on Platform 5 at Paddington Station, c.1935

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Tractor and trollies on Paddington Station, c1936

GWR Tractor and trollies on Paddington Station, c1936
A view of a GWR tractor pulling trollies that are transporting parcels at the far end of Paddington Station, c.1936. The GWR Parcels Fowarding Depot can be seen in the background along with various

Background imageStaff Collection: Paddington Station Staff, 1937

Paddington Station Staff, 1937
An image showing Paddington Station staff assisting a disabled passenger in a wheelchair on to a carriage in 1937

Background imageStaff Collection: Office Staff at Paddington Station, c. 1920s

Office Staff at Paddington Station, c. 1920s
This image of an unknown office at Paddington Station was probably taken in the 1920s. It shows a number of women at work at desks and some are using typewriters at tables

Background imageStaff Collection: No 6009 King Charles II

No 6009 King Charles II
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1928. Seen here with Driver and Fireman

Background imageStaff Collection: Women porters working in the left luggage office at Paddington station, during WWII

Women porters working in the left luggage office at Paddington station, during WWII
The Left Luggage Department at Paddington Station was, during the war, manned by female staff as can be seen in this image taken in 1943

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Sailor, 1922

GWR Sailor, 1922

Background imageStaff Collection: No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, c1890s

No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, c1890s
Carpenters have downed tools and posing for the photographer in this early image of No.12 shop in the carriage works. A foreman can be seen on the steps of the office on the left of the image

Background imageStaff Collection: Interior of Ticket Office at Paddington Station, 1913

Interior of Ticket Office at Paddington Station, 1913
This interior shot of the Ticket Office at Paddington Station was taken in 1913. The ticket staff operated individual hatches

Background imageStaff Collection: Porters at Paddington Station, c. 1914

Porters at Paddington Station, c. 1914
Three porters pose proudly at Paddington Station, London, c.1914. They are stood in front of some advertising boards displaying various GWR posters

Background imageStaff Collection: GWR Sailor, 1922

GWR Sailor, 1922
This sailor worked on the Royal Mail trains


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