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Railway Voices From Inside Swindon Works

Author : Rosa Matheson
ISBN : 075244526X
Genre : Locomotive works
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It was often joked that Swindon Works' men came with 'GWR' stamped on their bottoms, so much so that even in the BR era they considered themselves Great Western! Those who worked 'Inside' as locals called it, possessed a fierce price in their work and in their worldwide reputation. Using material from numerous interviews with workshop men and women as well as official documents, Swindon expert Rosa Matheson examines the differences of each era - GWR / BR; conditions in the Works; the idiosyncrasies of work practices, such as odd names of jobs like 'holder-upper' and generational family work histories. She also explores the relationships between the workers - men ad women, shopfloor and management, foremen and men and especially 'Loco' versus Carriage and Wagon! Whilst many books have been written about the Works, few, if any, have given a chance to those who worked in its workshops to have their voices heard in the telling of that story. This beautifully illustrated book uses their words and experiences to tell the good, the bad and the ugly of working 'Inside'.
Category: Locomotive works

Swindon Works Through Time

Author : Andy Binks
ISBN : 9781445642710
Genre : Transportation
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This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which the Swindon Works have changed and developed since the 1940s.
Category: Transportation

In Around Swindon Works

Author : Peter Timms
ISBN : 9781445611204
Genre : Transportation
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A new study looking at the Swindon works in the transition period between the GWR and BR (Western) ownership.
Category: Transportation

Swindon Works The Legend

Author : Rosa Matheson
ISBN : 9780750968867
Genre : Transportation
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The age of steam is past, the heyday of Swindon Works is long gone – but the legend lives on. What made the Great Western Railway’s Swindon Works iconic? Was it its worldwide reputation; perhaps its profound impact in shaping the new town of Swindon; or that it melded those who worked there into one big family? In a new and exciting format, this book, by popular railway historian Rosa Matheson, helps explain why the never-ending love story endures. With big facts and fascinating stories, it is a must read not only for ex-Works employees and their families, nor just for GWR fans and railway enthusiasts, but also for any newcomer seeking to find a good way into railway history.
Category: Transportation

The End Of The Line

Author : Ron Bateman
ISBN : 075099312X
Genre : Locomotive works
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In 1977, the iconic Swindon Works was building locomotives.By 1986, it was shut down.In The End of the Line, Ron Bateman recounts the fight to save Swindon Works, its 3,500 jobs and the livelihood of the entire community it represented. Initially joining through the Works Training School in 1977, Ron witnessed this tragic struggle and the crushing blow dealt to the industry that had defined Swindon for generations.Combining personal recollections with information and interviews from many other insiders and railmen, this book provides the only comprehensive chronicle on the final decade of 147 years of railway engineering and a fateful milestone in the history of Swindon.
Category: Locomotive works

Swindon Works 1930 1960

Author : Peter Timms
ISBN : 9781445642673
Genre : Transportation
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From 1841, when the Great Western Railway began building its works at Swindon, to 1986, when the works were closed, Swindon was a railway town
Category: Transportation

Swindon Steam

Author : L. A. Summers
ISBN : 9781445616964
Genre : Transportation
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This book investigates the facts behind the myths and mysteries of the Swindon Steam.
Category: Transportation

Doing Time Inside

Author : Rosa Marie Matheson
ISBN : 0752453017
Genre : History
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The Great Western Railway's Swindon Works was the largest employer in the area, even during the early British Railway years. For well over a hundred years thousands of apprentices and trainees passed through its doors to learn the trades of the railways.
Category: History

Gwr Collett Castle Class

Author : Keith Langston
ISBN : 9781473823563
Genre : Transportation
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The 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotives designed by Charles Collett and built at Swindon Works were the principal passenger locomotives of the Great Western Railway. The 4-cylinder locomotives were built in batches between 1923 and 1950, the later examples being constructed after nationalisation by British Railways. ??In total 171 engines of the class were built and they were originally to be seen at work all over the Great Western Railway network, and later working on the Western Region of British Railways. ?The highly successful class could be described as a GWR work in progress, because further development took place over almost all of the locomotives working lives. In addition to inspiring other locomotive designers the 'Castle' class engines were proved to be capable of outstanding performances, and when introduced were rightly described as being 'Britain's most powerful passenger locomotives'. Some of the 'Castles' survived in service for over 40 years, and individually clocked up just a little short of 2 million miles in traffic. ??In this book, Keith Langston provides a definitive chronological history of the iconic class together with archive photographic records of each GWR 'Castle' locomotive. Many of the 300 plus images are published for the first time. In addition background information on the origin of the names the engines carried, including details of the many name changes which took place, are also included. The extra anecdotal information adds a fascinating glimpse of social history. ??Collett CASTLE Class is a lavishly illustrated factual reference book which will delight steam railway enthusiasts in general and in particular those with a love of all things Great Western!
Category: Transportation