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Workers at Swindon Works Collection (#2)

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Background imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works 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 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works 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 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 imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Collection: V Shop, 1951

V Shop, 1951
Female member of staff drilling boiler from inside

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

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

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Collection: G Shop, c1920

G Shop, c1920
Cutting connecting rods

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works Collection: Extending A Shop, 1914

Extending A Shop, 1914
Workmen excavating the land in preparation for the A Shop extension. Redcliffe Street can be seen to the left

Background imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works 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 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 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 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Collection: Woman using steam press at Swindon Works, 1942

Woman using steam press at Swindon Works, 1942
Although women were employed on the railways prior to 1939, work involving the operating of heavy machinery, as shown in this photograph, was considered to be unsuitable for the fairer sex

Background imageWorkers at Swindon Works 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 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 imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works 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 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 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 imageWorkers at Swindon 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 imageWorkers at Swindon Works Collection: F Shop - Blacksmiths Shop, 1936

F Shop - Blacksmiths Shop, 1936
This image is probably as posed photograph because there appears to be too many men working the metal

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

F Shop, Steam Hammer Shop, c1930s



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