Swindon was amongst the railway towns and cities established in the 19th century. Its works came to personify efficiency and quality, a reputation lasting well into the diesel era. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at this famous location and discovers how it came to occupy such an important pa rt in railway history.


Above: Swindon Works was capable of making everything from a single nut and bolt to complete locomotives. In July 1934 a part completed Collett ‘2251’ 0-6-0 travels across the erecting shops above a ‘King’ and ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 while a ‘Large Prairie’ can be seen in the background. Fox Photos/Getty Images.

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