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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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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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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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Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940
Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940
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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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Siphon G Wagon converted to ward car No. 3209 in 1943
Siphon G Wagon converted to ward car No. 3209 in 1943
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Tanks being loaded onto Rectank flat wagons, c.1940
Tanks being loaded onto Rectank flat wagons, c.1940
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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 Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940
GWR Wartime Emergency Headquarters in Berkshire, 1940
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GWR staff loading a stretcher into a parcel van which has been converted into an ambulance, 1940
GWR staff loading a stretcher into a parcel van which has been converted into an ambulance, 1940
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USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942 Featured Image

USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942

Once the USA joined the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941 the GWR became involved in the provision of rolling stock for use by the American Army. As preparations for D Day progressed, the US requested that 10 ambulance trains be provided for the conveyance of American casualties. This image shows the official handing over of the first of these trains in a ceremony held at Swindon Works on the 24th March 1943. The 14 coach train was aptly hauled by USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 and comprised of six ward cars, kitchen cars, a pharmacy and operating theatre, and carriages for staff. The handover was performed by GWR Chief Mechanical Engineer F.W Hawksworth, stood to the right of the group of uniformed American Officers, and the occasion was considered noteworthy enough for the attendance of a newsreel camera which can just be seen to the far right of this photograph

Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943
Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943
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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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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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Iron Mink Wagon converted into a salvage van, c.1940
Iron Mink Wagon converted into a salvage van, c.1940
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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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Military tanks loaded onto Crocodile G wagons, c.1939
Military tanks loaded onto Crocodile G wagons, c.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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Dean Goods locomotive No. 2533 in War Department black livery
Dean Goods locomotive No. 2533 in War Department black livery
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Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
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Air raid damage to goods wagons at Newton Abbot Station in 1940
Air raid damage to goods wagons at Newton Abbot Station in 1940
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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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SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c.1940 Featured Image

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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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 notice, issued to passengers in 1940
Air Raid notice, issued to passengers in 1940
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Locomotive driver in air raid kit, during WWII
Locomotive driver in air raid kit, during WWII
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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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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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GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c.1939
GWR station staff member in a gas mask, c.1939
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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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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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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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US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942 Featured Image

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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A 16 inch gun barrel loaded onto an eighteen wheel gun wagon in 1942
A 16 inch gun barrel loaded onto an eighteen wheel gun wagon in 1942
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GWR lorry delivering paintings from the National Gallery to a slate mine in Wales in 1940
GWR lorry delivering paintings from the National Gallery to a slate mine in Wales in 1940
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16 inch naval gun loaded on a set of four POLLEN E wagons, 1944
16 inch naval gun loaded on a set of four POLLEN E wagons, 1944
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0-6-0 Dean Goods locomotives No's. 2479, 2576, 2425 and 2399 in the process of being scrapped, c.1949
0-6-0 Dean Goods locomotives No's. 2479, 2576, 2425 and 2399 in the process of being scrapped, c.1949
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2-8-0 locomotives under construction in AE shop, 1943
2-8-0 locomotives under construction in AE shop, 1943
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Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c.1940
Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, 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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Air raid damage to the gas holder at Swindon Works, 1942
Air raid damage to the gas holder at Swindon Works, 1942
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Bomb damage to Foxs Wood Tunnel, Bristol, 1941
Bomb damage to Foxs Wood Tunnel, Bristol, 1941
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Swindon Works Fire Brigade Dennis Fire Engine, 1942
Swindon Works Fire Brigade Dennis Fire Engine, 1942
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Locomotive 4096, Highclere Castle with its wartime black out screen, c.1940
Locomotive 4096, Highclere Castle with its wartime black out screen, c.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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