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Swindon Works Collection (#5)

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works War Work, 23rd January 1942

Swindon Works War Work, 23rd January 1942
Female workers sorting 25 PDR shells. Work issued by the Ministry of Supply

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Charles Collett (1871-1952)

Charles Collett (1871-1952)
Charles B. Collett was the GWRs Chief Mechanical Engineer between 1922 and 1941. He oversaw the design of some of the GWRs most iconic locomotives

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair and Building Shop, 1930

No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair and Building Shop, 1930
This image shows the construction of a 120T Crocodile wagon. These were long wagons that would have taken up a lot of workshop space

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 17 Shop, Road Vehicle Shop, c1920s

No 17 Shop, Road Vehicle Shop, c1920s
This view of the Road Vehicle shops shows the construction and repair of mainly horse drawn vehicles. The GWR relied heavily on horse power, especially in good yards and for parcel deliveries

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 12c Shop, Carriage Paint Shop, 1950s

No 12c Shop, Carriage Paint Shop, 1950s
Stacks of carriage destination boards can be seen here as they wait to be painted. The boards were all painted by hand, and repainted when the destinations changed

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 15 Shop, Fitting and Machine Shop, 1914

No 15 Shop, Fitting and Machine Shop, 1914
An overall view of the Fitting and Machine Shop in the Carriage and Wagon Works. Wagon bogies can be seen lined up with pneumatic tools hanging to help with the fitting of components

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1907

No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1907
A view inside the rather gloomy Smiths Shop on the Carriage and Wagon side of Swindon Works. A row of forges can be seen along the left hand side ready for heating up metal

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Carriage Body Shop, c1880

Carriage Body Shop, c1880
This carriage body shop stood in what was to become the No 2 Shop Sawmill. The carriage body shop eventually moved next door. The wooden aspect of the coaches were assembled here

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 1 Shop, Sawmill, November 1934

No 1 Shop, Sawmill, November 1934
A young boy is operating a firewood chopping machine. It is not clear if he is an apprentice. Boys were often given the simple, more menial, tasks

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 2 Shop, Sawmill, 1907

No 2 Shop, Sawmill, 1907
Lengths of cut timber can be seen awaiting processing in No.2 Shop, Sawmill. This sawmill was situated adjacent to Bristol Street in the Railway Village

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 9 Shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, c. 1900

No 9 Shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, c. 1900
An early view of the trimming shop showing all manner of trims including rope, leather and fabrics. These trims were used on the edging of carriage seats and other furniture

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 9 Shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, c1906

No 9 Shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, c1906
An overall view of the carriage trimming shop showing an array of fabrics and furniture. The decorative seats in the foreground were being assembled for Royal waiting rooms

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 9 Shop, Sewing Room, 1930

No 9 Shop, Sewing Room, 1930
This busy scene from 1930 shows about 30 women in the female sewing room. On the left a row of women work on sewing machines

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, February 1913

No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, February 1913
A sea of ties and aprons in this view of the Carriage Trimming Shop. Men and boys are working alongside each other making upholstery for carriage furniture

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: AM Machine Shop, 1946

AM Machine Shop, 1946

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Wartime ambulance carriage in No 19 (C) Shop, 1915

Wartime ambulance carriage in No 19 (C) Shop, 1915
This image shows carriage No. 9024, an ex-invalid coach, suspended in the Carriage Lifting Shop at Swindon Works. The date is March 1915

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 19 (C) Shop, Carriage Lifting Shop, 1967

No 19 (C) Shop, Carriage Lifting Shop, 1967
A Diesel Multiple Unit in undergoing repairs in this image from 1967. Two large lifting machines have seperated the DMU body from its wheels to allow the repairs to take place

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Bogie repairs in No 19 (C / D) Shop, c1965

Bogie repairs in No 19 (C / D) Shop, c1965
No 19 C and D shops covered both carriage lifting and bogie repairs. In this image 3 men can be seen attaching a frame to a set of wheels. An overhead crane helps ift the frame into position

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: North Star

North Star
2-2-2 Broad Gauge locomotive, North Star, in Swindon Works c1960

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Christmas in No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, 1938

Christmas in No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, 1938
This photograph of No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop at Swindon Works was taken in 1938. An amazing display of Christmas decorations hang from the roof supports and across the windows

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Diesel Railcar No 1 undergoing work in A Shop at Swindon Works

Diesel Railcar No 1 undergoing work in A Shop at Swindon Works in the 1930s

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Loco Department Football Team, 1921-1922

Swindon Loco Department Football Team, 1921-1922
With child mascot. Stood in front of Star class locomotive, King Stephen

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: F Shop, c1970s

F Shop, c1970s

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair and Building Shop, c1930

No 21 Shop, Wagon Repair and Building Shop, c1930
Here a line of wagons can be seen ready to undergo repairs. Each bay consisted of a different task, such as lifting or painting. As one task was completed the wagons would move on

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1938

No 14 Shop, Smiths Shop, 1938
This worker is coupling links using a 5 cwt pneumatic hammer. The hammer was made by B&S Massey Ltd who were based in Lancashire and specialised in forging equipment

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 16 |Shop, Wheel Shop, 1907

No 16 |Shop, Wheel Shop, 1907
This image shows a large number of belt driven lathes used in the making and shaping of carriages and wagons. Some of the wheels shown here look quite small and probably were for GWR road vehicles

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 16 Shop, Wheel Shop, c. 1950s

No 16 Shop, Wheel Shop, c. 1950s
This view shows a row of large wheels lathes that were used to shape and make wheels for carriages and wagons. The finished wheels can be seen on the tracks to the right of the image

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 13 Shop, Wagon Frame Shop, 1907

No 13 Shop, Wagon Frame Shop, 1907
Men have downed tools and left for the day in this image from 1907. It shows several wagon frames lined up during the construction process

Background imageSwindon Works 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 imageSwindon Works Collection: No 8 Shop, Carriage Paint Shop, 1953

No 8 Shop, Carriage Paint Shop, 1953
This was the sign writing section for all the carriages. All sorts of signs and notices were hand painted. It was a skillful job and a lot of precision was required

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: No 1 Shop, Timber Yard, 1928

No 1 Shop, Timber Yard, 1928
The Timber Yard stored thousands of planks of wood. Some stacks were the height of three men! The Carriage and Wagon Works was the biggest user of the wood

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: X Shop, Points and Crossings Shop, c1950

X Shop, Points and Crossings Shop, c1950
This image shows the assembly of a crossing; a piece of track that enabled a train to switch lines. The men in the centre of the image are using tools to attach

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: New Swindon Mechanics Institution Trip ticket 1903

New Swindon Mechanics Institution Trip ticket 1903
New Swindon Mechanics Institution Trip ticket issued to Mr Hawkins for a train journey to Newton Abbot on July 10th 1903

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Women war workers stamping ammunition shells in B Shop, 1942

Women war workers stamping ammunition shells in B Shop, 1942

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Swindon Works, General Football Team, 1938

Swindon Works, General Football Team, 1938

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: Internal view of B Shed, c1990s

Internal view of B Shed, c1990s
This building stood between what is now STEAM Museum of the GWR and English Heritage NMRC. It is now the site of a residential development

Background imageSwindon Works Collection: GWR (Swindon) Athletic Association Hockey Teams, 1935

GWR (Swindon) Athletic Association Hockey Teams, 1935



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