As well as including more rare and previously unpublished pictures, this volume also illustrates other well-known aspects of the Swindon story, including GWR locomotives, royal visits, staff outings and the famous 'Trip' holiday.
Retired GWR railwayman Ken Gibbs seeks to redress the balance and reveal for the first time exactly 'how they did it' - showcasing the history and work of the Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon.
Author: Ken Gibbs
The GWR at Swindon is well known, as are its trained craftsmen, all over the world. It has been written about, filmed and lectured upon countless times, and many of its old steam locomotives saved from the scrap yards and lovingly rebuilt to run again on heritage lines. But across all of this activity a full half of the Works has been fleetingly "mentioned in passing" and even in the illustrations only occasionally represented. There is little written about the "other half" of the successful operation of a railway works system: the design, construction, and repair of the rolling stock, the carriages and wagons. Retired GWR railwayman Ken Gibbs seeks to redress the balance and reveal for the first time exactly "how they did it"--showcasing the history and work of the Carriage & Wagon Works at Swindon's GWR.
This work records the varied history of this important stretch of railway, which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the last link of the GWR between London, Bath and Bristol.
Author: Colin Gordon Maggs
This work records the varied history of this important stretch of railway, which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the last link of the GWR between London, Bath and Bristol. It captures the drama of the railway's construction, recounting the difficulties encountered by engineers and navvies.
However, alongside the hard work of 'doing time' (a colloquial term for apprenticeship), there were undoubtedly good times as the young boys were absorbed into the 'family' of workers 'Inside' (as Swindon Works was known locally).Doing Time ...
Author: Rosa Marie Matheson
Publisher: History PressLtd
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.
In 1893 at the age of 22 Collett entered the hallowed portals of the GWR's Swindon Works for the first time. Noticed as being a diligent and methodical
worker he served as a junior draughtsman until 1898 when he was appointed to
Author: Keith Langston
Publisher: Pen and Sword
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!
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Author: Frederic P Miller
Publisher: Alphascript Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The 3201 or Stella Class was a class of standard gauge 2-4-0 steam locomotive designed by William Dean and built at Swindon Works for the Great Western Railway in 1884/5. They were part of an interesting standardisation scheme of Dean's, whereby he designed four classes with similar boilers, double frames, and cylinders, but of different wheel layouts. The present class was close in design to the 3501 Class, built initially as 2-4-0T "convertibles" for the broad gauge. To start with there were just five 3201s. Curiously, the prototype, No.3201, was immediately sold to the Pembroke and Tenby Railway. It returned to the GWR in 1896 and was named Stella, carrying the name until 1902. Nos. 3202-3205 followed in summer 1885.
? Well-illustrated history of the much-loved GWR ? Explores the competing canals, tramroads and plateways, and other railway companies ? Author an acknowledged expert and a GWR man The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and would connect London to the West. It was engineered by the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was known to many as 'God's Wonderful Railway'. Here is the story of how it grew. Ken Gibbs traces the GWR's history from the very beginning. He describes the canals that existed in the approximate area eventually covered by the Great Western Railway, and their fate as the railway developed. He then examines the tramroads and plateways that existed in the area fed by the canals, the mining, quarrying, iron working, and commercial interests as the Industrial Revolution spread, accompanied by the Great Western Railway. The final section looks at the only real opposition to the Great Western: the existing and new railway companies, which became the targets for takeover as the Great Western expanded its hold and its territory. With Nationalization in 1947, the GWR's independence ended. All the struggles with canals, plateways, tramroads and other railway companies were now confined to the history books and the memories of the reducing numbers who knew the Great Western Railway as it was at the height of the steam years.
This is an expose of the role of two leading locomotive engineers - Collett and Hawksworth - who were responsible for GWR engine building policy following Churchward's legacy, revealing a series of mistakes and missed opportunities in the ...
Author: Jeremy Clements
This is an expose of the role of two leading locomotive engineers - Collett and Hawksworth - who were responsible for GWR engine building policy following Churchward's legacy, revealing a series of mistakes and missed opportunities in the years leading up to nationalisation.
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Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 66. Chapters: List of broad gauge railway locomotive names, Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, GWR 1076 Class, North Devon Railway, Bristol and Exeter Railway locomotives, South Devon Railway locomotives, Cornwall Railway, GWR Iron Duke Class, GWR Firefly Class, GWR Ariadne Class, Bristol and Gloucester Railway, West Cornwall Railway, GWR Hawthorn Class, Torbay and Brixham Railway, Bristol and Exeter Railway 4-2-4T locomotives, South Devon Railway 0-4-0 locomotives, GWR 3521 Class, GWR Star Class, South Devon Railway Comet class, Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway, South Wales Mineral Railway, Llynvi and Ogmore Railway, GWR Leo Class, GWR Metropolitan Class, South Devon Railway Eagle class, GWR Swindon Class, GWR Sun Class, South Devon Railway 2-4-0 locomotives, Vale of Neath Railway 0-6-0ST locomotives, South Devon Railway Buffalo class, GWR Bogie Class, GWR 388 class, South Devon Railway Dido class, GWR Sir Watkin Class, Bristol and Exeter Railway Fairfield steam carriage, GWR Dean experimental locomotives, GWR Charles Tayleur locomotives, GWR Victoria Class, South Devon Railway Gorgon class, GWR Premier Class, GWR Mather, Dixon locomotives, South Devon Railway Leopard class, Bristol and Exeter Railway 0-6-0 locomotives, South Devon Railway Tornado class, Bristol and Exeter Railway 4-4-0T locomotives, Bristol and Exeter Railway 4-2-2 locomotives, GWR Pyracmon Class, Vale of Neath Railway 4-4-0ST locomotives, GWR Caesar Class, Bristol and Exeter Railway 2-4-0 locomotives, GWR Banking Class, GWR Waverley Class, South Devon Railway locomotive Taurus, Bristol and Exeter Railway 0-6-0T locomotives, South Devon Railway Remus class, GWR Haigh Foundry locomotives, GWR Prince Class, GWR 3501 class, GWR Sharp, Roberts locomotives, Bristol and Exeter Railway 2-2-2T locomotives, GWR Hercules Class, GWR Thunderer locomotive, GWR Hurrica...
9400, also the first of the last batch often steam locomotives built by the GWR,
was outshopped from Swindon on 28 February 1947, and taken out of ... It was
then preserved on static display in Swindon's GWR Museum in Faringdon Road.
Author: Robin Jones
The name 'Great Western Railway' immediately conjures up images of Stars, Castles and Kings, the legendary express passenger locomotives that were the envy of the world in their day. However, the Swindon empire also produced extensive fleets of all-purpose tank engines - everyday reliable workhorses and unsung heroes - which were standout classics in their own right. The most distinctive and immediately recognizable type in terms of shape, all but unique to the GWR, was the six-coupled pannier tank. With hundreds of photographs throughout, Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks covers the supremely innovative pannier tank designs of GWR chief mechanical engineer Charles Benjamin Collett, the appearance of the 5700 class in 1929, and the 5400, 6400, 7400 and 9400 classes. Also, the demise of the panniers in British Railways service and the 5700s that marked the end of Western Region steam, followed by a second life beneath the streets - 5700 class panniers on London Underground. Also covers Panniers in preservation, plus cinema and TV roles and even a Royal Train duty. Superbly illustrated with 260 colour and black & white photographs.
In this book, Tim Bryan follows his best-selling book about life on the GWR, All in a Day's Work, to produce another general appeal book on the subject looking at all aspects of the GWR, including locomotives and rolling stock, working ...
Author: Tim Bryan
Publisher: Ian Allen Pub
In 2010 the GWR?God's Wonderful Railway?will be celebrating 175 years of operation. In this book, Tim Bryan follows his best-selling book about life on the GWR, All in a Day's Work, to produce another general appeal book on the subject looking at all aspects of the GWR, including locomotives and rolling stock, working practices on the engines, in stations, workshops, signal boxes, sheds, and so on throughout its history from the 1830s to when it was taken over by British Railways in 1948. The book contains an attractive mix of historical archive photographs, anecdotes, and social history and will appeal to a wide range of those interested in the history of the railway. The major GWR preservation centers?STEAM at Swindon and at Didcot?are planning anniversary celebrations as are numerous heritage railways throughout the country, including Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Swindon & Cricklade Railway, and West Somerset Railway and Vintage Trains, Tyseley.
during the summer of 1999 highlighted the advantages of living and working in Swindon . " GWR's Main Line passes Windsor Castle , the Icknield Way ,
Wittenham Clumps and the White Horse . This terrain could be used as a section
Author: Michael Stratton
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This book examines the industrial monuments of twentieth- century Britain. Each chapter takes a specific theme and examines it in the context of the buildings and structure of the twentieth century. The authors are both leading experts in the field, having written widely on various aspects of the subject. In this new and comprehensive survey they respond to the growing interest in twentieth-century architecture and industrial archaeology. The book is well illustrated with superb and unique illustrations drawn from the archives of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. It will mark and celebrate the end of the century with a tribute to its remarkable built industrial heritage.
GWR; Great Western Railway; George Jackson Churchward; Boilers; Valves; GWR 4-6-0; De Glehn Compound; 4-4-2 Atlantic; Star Class; Scissors Valve Gear; L&NWR; London and North Western Railway; WWII; LNER; London and North Eastern Railway; ...
Author: Allen Jackson
Publisher: The Crowood Press
GWR; Great Western Railway; George Jackson Churchward; Boilers; Valves; GWR 4-6-0; De Glehn Compound; 4-4-2 Atlantic; Star Class; Scissors Valve Gear; L&NWR; London and North Western Railway; WWII; LNER; London and North Eastern Railway; LMSR; London Midland and Scottish Railway; Castle Class; Cheltenham Spa Express; King Class; Shrivenham Collision; 1948 Locomotive Exchanges; railway preservation; William Dean; Swindon; steam engine; Belpaire locomotive firebox; 5043 Earl of Mount Edgecumbe; R.M. Deeley; Lode Star; North Star; Dog Star; Evening Star; Morning Star; Polar Star; Red Star; Rising Star; Royal Star; Shooting Star; Western Star; Swallowfield Park; Knight of the Garter; Knight of the Thistle; Knight of the Patrick; Knight of the Bath; Knight of St. John; Knight of the Golden Fleece; Knight of the Black Eagle; Knight of Liège; Knight of the Grand Cross; Knight Templar; Knight Commander; William Stanier; Caerphilly Castle; Caldicot Castle; Cardiff Castle; Carmarthen Castle; Chepstow Castle; Pembroke Castle; Pendennis Castle; Powderham Castle; Warwick Castle; Windsor Castle; Midgham derailment; King Edward VII; King William IV; King George IV; King George III; King George II; King George I; King William III; King James II; King Charles II; King Charles I; King James I; King Edward VI; King Edward VIII; King Henry VII; King Richard III; King Edward V; King Edward IV; King Henry VI; King Henry V; King Henry IV; King Richard II; King Edward III; King Edward II; King Edward I; King Henry III; King John; King Richard I; King Henry II; King Stephen; steam locomotive; British Railways; Shakespeare Express; The Bristolian; Cornish Riviera Express; Cheltenham Flyer
3.3(1.103) Swindon (Phase 2) GreatWestern RailwayWorks OS173 R l No longer
a railway works but many buildings survive. GWR Works Manager's Office with
hundreds of clerks completing ledgers, issuing tickets (no computers then) now ...
Author: Stuart Cole
Publisher: Etica Press Ltd
West from Paddington is the essential companion for every traveller on First Great Western Railway. Packed with information on all the landmarks, railway history, geographical features and places of interest that can be seen from your window as your journey unfolds, this indispensable guide covers three great routes - Paddington to Bristol; Reading to Penzance and Swindon to Carmarthen. A route map for each section of the journey highlights the features described, and the book includes hundreds of specially commissioned colour photographs giving a 'traveller's-eye' view. Each entry indicates on which side of the train the place or item of interest described can be found. Written by lifelong railway enthusiast and Professor of Transport, Stuart Cole, and with a Foreword by pop impresario and railway devotee Pete Waterman OBE, West from Paddington will turn your journey into a voyage of discovery.