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Swindon Works Collection

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s

Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s
Swindon Works Map, c.1940s, showing the growth of the GWR Works in Swindon between 1846 and the 1940s. The sheer volume of workshops and sidings can be seen in fascinating detail

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: 7 King Class Locomotives at Swindon Shed, 1930

7 King Class Locomotives at Swindon Shed, 1930
From l-r: No 6005 King George II, No 6008 King James II, No 6017 King Edward IV, No 6020 King Henry IV, No 6022 King Edward III, No 6023 King Edward II, No 6024 King Edward I

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: View of Swindon Works, 1982

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

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Railway Queen Mabel Kitson on King George V at Swindon, 1928

Railway Queen Mabel Kitson on King George V at Swindon, 1928
Railway Queen Mabel Kitson, photographed on the running board of GWR locomotive King George V, at Swindon Works in 1928. Mabel became Railway Queen in 1927, aged 15

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Trip, 1931

Swindon Works Trip, 1931
GWR families from Swindon wait in line to board the trains for Trip week. Destinations included Weymouth, Weston Super Mare and Cornwall

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939

LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939
This official photograph of an ambulance train car was taken on behalf of the Swindon Works Drawing Office in October 1939

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2, 1942

A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2, 1942
A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2 in the GWR Swindon Works, 1942. The man is wearing a blacksmiths apron

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 92220 Evening Star naming ceremony, 18th March 1960

No 92220 Evening Star naming ceremony, 18th March 1960
2-10-0 9F class locomotive, built 1960. Evening Star was the last mainline British Railways steam locomotive to be built in Britain at Swindon Works. Withdrawn 1965

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1860

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

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 6000 King George V in Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V in Swindon Works
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: New Swindon, 1847

New Swindon, 1847
Lithograph of New Swindon in 1847 with broad gauge locomotive, Fire Brand, in foreground. Swindon Works can be seen to the right on the image, with the Railway Village to the left

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Locomotive No. 6014, King Henry VII, at Swindon Works

Locomotive No. 6014, King Henry VII, at Swindon Works
Seen here in A Shop in 1936 as streamlined. Broad gauge locomotive North Star can be seen in the background

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Hooter Operator 1936

Swindon Works Hooter Operator 1936
The hooter was a set of steam whistles that called employees into work, and signalled the end of the working day. The operator sounded the hooter by turning a wheel that released steam at high

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Tunnel Entrance, 1935

Swindon Works Tunnel Entrance, 1935
A sea of men can be seen leaving the Works, probably at lunchtime. This was the main entrance tunnel for the Works. The doors were promptly closed after each call for work

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 7 Shop, Carriage Finishing Shop, 1924

No 7 Shop, Carriage Finishing Shop, 1924
Dozens of men can be seen here in the carriage finishing shop. It was here that parts of the carriages were finished off. Doors

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 5055, Lydford Castle, at Swindon Works, c1950s

No 5055, Lydford Castle, at Swindon Works, c1950s
Castle Class locomotive, Lydford Castle, can be seen here moving onto traverser in A Erecting Shop at Swindon Works

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959

Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959
Swindon Works Drawing Office, c.1959

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Steam locomotives undergoing repair in A Shop in 1957

Steam locomotives undergoing repair in A Shop in 1957
Steam locomotives undergoing repair in A shop in 28th September 1957. The replica Broad Gauge locomotive North Star is on its plinth in the centre of the image

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works staff boarding Trip trains in 1934

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

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1913

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1913
The large expanse that is the carriage body shop can be seen here. Several carriage bodies can be seen lined up as they are assembed

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938

K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938
Making domes and saftey valve covers

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AE Erecting Shop, c1927

AE Erecting Shop, c1927
Construction of a King class locomotive

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works tunnel entrance, 1966

Swindon Works tunnel entrance, 1966
This was the main Swindon Works tunnel entrance. The image was taken in 1966 when the new sign had been erected. The two smaller signs display access time for vehicles

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: V shop, c1930

V shop, c1930
Rivetting a firebox

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: View of the south side of A Shop, c1914

View of the south side of A Shop, c1914

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works
4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927. Seen here at Swindon Works suspended above BR diesels No 08 036 and 08 675

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941

Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941
In September 1941, three Matilda II tanks were photographed leaving AE shop on Rectank wagons. The tanks are incomplete and are presumably ready to be transported elsewhere for final assembly

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: King George V and Queen Mary on the footplate of Windsor Castle

King George V and Queen Mary on the footplate of Windsor Castle
King George V and Queen Mary on the footplate of locomotive No.4082 Windsor Castle during their visit to Swindon Works in April 1924

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: GWR Pannier Tank No. 1366, outside Swindon Works, 1934

GWR Pannier Tank No. 1366, outside Swindon Works, 1934
This 0-6-0 Pannier Tank was built at Swindon Works in 1934. It was part of the 1366 class of pannier tank locomotives. This particular locomotive was withdrawn in 1961

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: 8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914

8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914
This 8in. howitzer gun carriage was one of the first batch to be made at Swindon Works. It sits on an unfinished OPEN B wagon awaiting dispatch

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950

No 5 Shop, Train Lighting Shop, 1950
These men are working on the components used in the assembly of carriage lights. In the centre of the image, on the floor, is a domed light fitting either awaiting repair or construction

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942

Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942
In this image taken at Swindon Works sometime during the latter half of the war, three women are shown working on the riveting of a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Wheeling a King Class locomotive, A Shop, 1927

Wheeling a King Class locomotive, A Shop, 1927

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Weighbridge

Swindon Works Weighbridge
Internal view showing Pooley scales

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works Weighbridge, 1950

Swindon Works Weighbridge, 1950
Internal view showing the large Pooley scales

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works, F Shop Cricket Club, 1905

Swindon Works, F Shop Cricket Club, 1905

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in 1985

Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in 1985
Men in the Engine Repairs shop at Swindon Works in May 1985. The slogans on the wall tell of the imminant closure of the Works

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: B Shed in about 1900

B Shed in about 1900
A small group of men stand in a building known as B Shed. It was used for the maintenance of tank locomotives and tenders. B Shed stood next to what is now STEAM Museum of the GWR

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 21 Shop, Wagon Repairs and Building Shop, c1930s

No 21 Shop, Wagon Repairs and Building Shop, c1930s
Several men can be seen here in one of the wagon repair bays. The platform gave workers easier access to the inside of the wagons

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, 1953

No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, 1953
Carpentry was a skilled craft. Here three men are making various bits of furniture, including chairs, desk and cabinets. A stack of timber can be seen piled on the mezzanine floor behind them

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair Shop, c. 1950s

No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair Shop, c. 1950s
Here a wagon frame is being removed from its wheels in preparation for some repairs. Temporary trolley wheels were added to move the frame into the workshop

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 1 Shop, Sawmill, c1950s

No 1 Shop, Sawmill, c1950s
A view looking down the length of No.1 Shop, the sawmill. A crane is carrying a large log ready to be cut into timber. To the right newly cut timber lengths have been processed



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