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Swindon Works War Work, 22nd January 1942
Swindon Works War Work, 22nd January 1942
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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
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Women employee in the Road Motor Department at Slough, 1944
Women employee in the Road Motor Department at Slough, 1944
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Mogul locomotive No. 8314 with bomb damage in 1941
Mogul locomotive No. 8314 with bomb damage in 1941
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Bomb damage to Paddington Station in 1941
Bomb damage to Paddington Station in 1941
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GWR staff loading a stretcher into a parcel van which has been converted into an
GWR staff loading a stretcher into a parcel van which has been converted into an
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Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c.1942
Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c.1942
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Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939
Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939
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Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly No. 2641, 1941
Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly No. 2641, 1941
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Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
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Bomb damage to Bowden Hall locomotive at Keyham Station, 1941
Bomb damage to Bowden Hall locomotive at Keyham Station, 1941
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Locomotive driver in air raid kit, during WWII
Locomotive driver in air raid kit, during WWII
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Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939 Featured Print

Evacuees waiting outside the departure platform at Paddington in 1939

One of the very first war time roles that the GWR was engaged in was the evacuation of children from cities to the relative safety of the countryside. Even before war was declared, plans were drawn up for evacuation so the GWR and the other major railway companies were prepared and on standby to put these plans into action. On August 31st 1939, the day before Germany invaded Poland, the order to begin the evacuation was given. The very next day the mass movement of children began and continued until September 4th. The GWR was responsible for the majority of the children moved from North and East London and while most of the evacuation trains departed from Ealing Broadway, this image shows groups of children being off-loaded from a double decker bus outside the Departure Platform at Paddington Station during the four days of evacuation in September 1939

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GWR parcel van converted into an ambulance, 1940
GWR parcel van converted into an ambulance, 1940
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Woman pasting a billboard poster at Paddington station, 1943
Woman pasting a billboard poster at Paddington station, 1943
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Child evacuees on Maidenhead station, 1939
Child evacuees on Maidenhead station, 1939
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SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c.1940
SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c.1940
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Bomb damage to No. 24 shop at Swindon Works in 1942
Bomb damage to No. 24 shop at Swindon Works in 1942
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Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940
Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940
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Signalman in operating signal levers during wartime, c.1940
Signalman in operating signal levers during wartime, c.1940
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A petrol trailer fire pump hauled by an ex-GWR Express Cartage van, 1940
A petrol trailer fire pump hauled by an ex-GWR Express Cartage van, 1940
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Air raid shelter at West Ealing Goods Yard, 1940
Air raid shelter at West Ealing Goods Yard, 1940
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GWR Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940
GWR Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940
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Motor landing craft built by the GWR at Swindon Works, 1942
Motor landing craft built by the GWR at Swindon Works, 1942
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Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941
Matilda II tanks under construction at Swindon Work in 1941
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SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c.1940 Featured Print

SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c.1940

This image shows SS St Julien at Newport Docks following her conversion into a hospital ship, as denoted by the red cross painted on the side of her hull. St Julien was one of 7 GWR ships that were requisitioned for war service in the early months of the war. The Company ships played a vital role in transporting troops, cargo and wounded soldiers across the English Channel. This was dangerous work for the ships and their crew, sailing over to occupied France, often under fire from enemy guns. The evacuation of Allied Troops from Dunkirk in 1940 was perhaps the most notable and dangerous missions carried out by these ships, as they were direct targets for Luftwaffe bombers as they sailed into French waters. Operation Dynamo, as the evacuation was known, was undertaken by a fleet of more than 800 boats and saved more than 338,000 soldiers from capture. Amazingly, no Great Western ships were lost during Operation Dynamo and the fleet continued with wartime operations on behalf of the Government

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Scammel being loaded with Anderson Air Raid Shelter, West London, 1939
Scammel being loaded with Anderson Air Raid Shelter, West London, 1939
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Damaged railway lamps, 1942
Damaged railway lamps, 1942
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US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942
US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942
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Coach No. 5189 in the Carriage Body Shop, 1946
Coach No. 5189 in the Carriage Body Shop, 1946
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Goods vehicle converted into an ambulance ward car, c.1940
Goods vehicle converted into an ambulance ward car, c.1940
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LMS coach no.6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939
LMS coach no.6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939
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Iron Mink Wagon converted into a salvage van, c.1940
Iron Mink Wagon converted into a salvage van, c.1940
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GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c.1939
GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c.1939
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War memorial at Paddington Station in 1949
War memorial at Paddington Station in 1949
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Australian officers and sailors on a visit to Swindon Works,1945
Australian officers and sailors on a visit to Swindon Works,1945
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Australian Navy on locomotive No.6021 King Richard II, 1945
Australian Navy on locomotive No.6021 King Richard II, 1945
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Australian Navy visiting A Erecting Shop at Swindon Works, 1945
Australian Navy visiting A Erecting Shop at Swindon Works, 1945
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US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942 Featured Print

US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942

On December 11th 1942, for the very first time, an American built locomotive steamed into Paddington Station. Acute shortages of locomotives on the GW network due to locomotives being sent overseas caused operational problems that threatened to affect the service the Company could offer to both the government and the general public. This was alleviated in part by borrowing locomotives from other British Railway Companies and also reinstating previously withdrawn engines back into service. In 1942 however, a number of American locomotives were shipped over to Britain to assist the domestic transport network. In a ceremony held at Paddington Station on the 11th December 1942, United States 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604, pictured here adorned with the British and American flags, was formally handed over to Lord Leathers, Minister of War Transport, by Colonel N.A. Ryan, Chief of Transportation for the American Army, who stated that he hoped the locomotive "will do as good work for you as British Engines have done already for us"

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Unveiling of the World War 2 memorial at Paddington Station, 1949
Unveiling of the World War 2 memorial at Paddington Station, 1949
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World War 2 booklet It Can Now Be Revealed , published 1945
World War 2 booklet It Can Now Be Revealed , published 1945
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The Goods Yard at Cardiff Docks in 1943
The Goods Yard at Cardiff Docks in 1943
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Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943
Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943
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U.S locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942
U.S locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942
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Swindon Works employees welding tubing for locomotive boilers c.1940
Swindon Works employees welding tubing for locomotive boilers c.1940
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Swindon Works employees manouvering a wheel set by crane, c.1940
Swindon Works employees manouvering a wheel set by crane, c.1940
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Female employees at Swindon Works making lamps, c.1940
Female employees at Swindon Works making lamps, c.1940
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U.S. 0-6-0T shunting tank engine No. 1940 in its black War Department livery, 1942
U.S. 0-6-0T shunting tank engine No. 1940 in its black War Department livery, 1942
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USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942
USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942
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American S160 Class 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1609 upon arrival at Newport Docks, 1942
American S160 Class 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1609 upon arrival at Newport Docks, 1942
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Carriage No. 4329 from US General Dwight D. Eisenhowers Alive train in 1942
Carriage No. 4329 from US General Dwight D. Eisenhowers Alive train in 1942
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