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Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951

J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951
Casting cylinders

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: V shop, c1930

V shop, c1930
Rivetting a firebox

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Drawing Office Staff, 1899

Drawing Office Staff, 1899
Back Row - 2nd left (Mr A E Leader) Seated - centre (Mr F W Hawksworth)

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, 1928

Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, 1928
Hoards of men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, 1928. The pattern shop is in the background and an omnibus with Arkells advertising on it

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: K Shop - Coppersmiths, 1938

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

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Works Trip, c1910

Swindon Works Trip, c1910
GWR families from Swindon wait in line to board the trains for Trip week. Destinations included Weymouth, Weston Super Mare and Cornwall

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c. 1910

Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c. 1910
Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, c.1910

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s

No 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, c1930s
Two ladies are sat weaving luggage racks for the carriages built at Swindon Works. The majority of women were employed at the Works in roles that required good dexterity and skill

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop, 1936

F Shop - Steam Hammer Shop, 1936
Forging a connecting rod

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 19 (C / D) Shops, c1930

No 19 (C / D) Shops, c1930
No 19 C and D shops covered both carriage lifting and bogie repairs. 3 men can be seen in this image lift a frame onto a set of wheels with the help of an overhead crane

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Retirement of Frederick George Sheldon

Retirement of Frederick George Sheldon
Draughtsman for the GWR and British Railways (Western Region) between 1915 and 1956

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: G Shop, c1920

G Shop, c1920
Cutting connecting rods

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: 12a Carpenters Shop, 1960

12a Carpenters Shop, 1960
The carpenters shop was based within the Carriage and Wagons Works. Here they made an array of wooden items for use within the Great Western Railway

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 8 Shop, Paint Shop, 1953

No 8 Shop, Paint Shop, 1953
Two men can be seen here painting a carriage. The carriages, like locomotives, had their own special livery that had to be painted with precision

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Works employees manouvering a wheel set by crane, c. 1940

Swindon Works employees manouvering a wheel set by crane, c. 1940
In this photograph a female crane operator is working alongside two male colleagues, manoeuvring a locomotive wheel set into place

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, c1920s

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, c1920s
Several men can be seen here working on building coaches in No 4 Shop. The carriages are in varying stages from early frameworks to near completion

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Old Saw Mills, Newburn Crescent, c1870

Old Saw Mills, Newburn Crescent, c1870
Before No 1 Sawmills opened in the far west of the Works wood was cut at a mill on Newburn Crescent. The men in this image have been busy cutting length of timber

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: 12a Carpenters Shop, 1960

12a Carpenters Shop, 1960
The carpenters shop was based within the Carriage and Wagons Works. Here they made an array of wooden items for use within the Great Western Railway

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Presentation of a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works, 1944

Presentation of a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works, 1944
This photograph was taken on 20th April 1944 and shows Chief Mechanical Engineer, F.W. Hawksworth, presenting a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Apprentice Training School, Class of 1980 / 1981

Apprentice Training School, Class of 1980 / 1981
Group photograph of the class of 1980/1981 of the Apprentice Training School in Swindon, taken in August 1981. The training school was situated at Dean Street

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940

Swindon Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun platform, c. 1940
Swindon Works was considered a prime target for aircraft strikes during World War II. Here, two members of the Home Guard are manning an anti-aircraft gun platform situated on the roof of uniform

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Works Fire Brigade, 1916

Swindon Works Fire Brigade, 1916
This is a really impressive image of the Swindon Works Fire Brigade, taken in 1916. The smartly uniformed firemen are sat upon the Dennis Fire Engine which was purchased by the GWR in 1912

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Female Clerks at Swindon Works, 1916

Female Clerks at Swindon Works, 1916
This image of female clerks was taken in May 1916, just 10 years after women were first employed in clerical positions within the GWR

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Works Polishing Shop in 1914

Swindon Works Polishing Shop in 1914
A photograph taken on 7th August 1914 of the Polishing Shop in the Carriage and Wagon Works. French polishing was a skilled trade

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 13 Shop, Wagon Frame Shop, late 1940s

No 13 Shop, Wagon Frame Shop, late 1940s
In the centre of the image two men can be seen using rivet guns to rivet a wagon frame. To the left two younger men are heating the rivets in a furnace using tongs

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 9 shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, 1953

No 9 shop, Carriage Trimming Shop, 1953
Here a group of men are making seats for train carriages. They are attaching fabric to ready made frames, complete with springs

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Making artificial limbs, No 9 Shop, 1953

Making artificial limbs, No 9 Shop, 1953
The skilled craftsmen of the Carriage and Wagon Works didn t just make rolling stock, they also made artificial limbs made from wood

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 9 Shop, Sewing Room, August 1914

No 9 Shop, Sewing Room, August 1914
The date of this photograph is 7th August 1914. Just three days after Britain entered the war. By this date there were already women employed at Swindon Works

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1953

No 4 Shop, Carriage Body Shop, 1953
Construction of British Railways standard coaches. The main frame is held to shape by a jig whilst two men use blow torches to fix metal pieces in place

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 3 Shop, Carriage fitting and machine shop, 1953

No 3 Shop, Carriage fitting and machine shop, 1953
Two men operate a 90 ton press in the carriage fitting shop. The press enabled sheet metal to be bent into shapes. It was cut and then assembled on carriages and wagons

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No 24 Shop, Paint Stores, 1938

No 24 Shop, Paint Stores, 1938
The paint stores, also known as the paint mill, was where paint was mixed. This man is drawing off and straining paint from one of the heavy duty mixing machines

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: No. 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, October 1937

No. 9 Carriage Trimming Shop, October 1937
A rather busy scene here. Hundreds of men are working on carriage seat upholstery and padding cushions with horse hair. Racks of carriage seats

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Swindon Works employees welding superheaters for locomotive boilers, 1942

Swindon Works employees welding superheaters for locomotive boilers, 1942
A group of female employees are welding the superheaters for locomotive boilers in P1 Shop. As rail operation was essential to the war effort

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: Female employees at Swindon Works making lamps, c. 1940

Female employees at Swindon Works making lamps, c. 1940
A larger group of female employees have been photographed here engaged in the making of lamps at Swindon Works. The tin lamp bodies

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Jigsaw Puzzle Collection: The 13th Battalion Home Guard at a rifle shoot at Liddington, c. 1942

The 13th Battalion Home Guard at a rifle shoot at Liddington, c. 1942
The 13th Battalion Home Guard at a rifle shoot on the chalk ridge at Liddington, near Swindon. The Home Guard evolved to be a well-equipped trained army and would partake in numerous drills



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