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Images Dated 13th July 2007

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Background imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: No 17 Shop, Road Vehicle Shop, 1907

No 17 Shop, Road Vehicle Shop, 1907
This image show both horse drawn vehicles and motor vehicles being built or repaired. The motor vehicles were omnibuses and were part of the GWR road passenger service that started in 1903

Background imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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 imageImages Dated 13th July 2007: 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


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