Tag: GWR

Swindon Railway Works Plaques

The plaques in this post were photographed at Steam. Museum of the Great Western Railroad that I visited in 2015. Unfortunately my images did not come out well, it really has to do with camera shake and long exposures associated with not using a flash. I have sharpened them as much as possible. 

The Great Western Railway had it’s engine works in this railway town, and even built housing for its workers there, it was the biggest employer too and the Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. In wartime the works would have played a major part in maintaining the steam engines and in some cases using their heavy industrial facilities for wartime production. The labour force of men would have been affected by volunteering and conscription, and women began to play a role in keeping the works running. The carnage of the Western Front would have also affected the men who worked here, and a number of plaques have survived, commemorating those who never returned.​

 

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Updated: 27/08/2018 — 07:41

British Rail Class 37

I like the British Rail Class 37 diesels, and this is my tribute to them, albeit that I have only seen 4 so far.  They are also the closest I will probably ever get to seeing a Class 55 Deltic

My first 37 I saw was at Mid-Hants Railway (The Watercress Line)

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

The next two were with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

Class 37 (37218)

37218 (GWR)

And my final viewing happened in Bristol where I found 97301 which was formerly 37100 at the head of a Network Rail train and she serves as an ERTMS Signalling Test Loco.

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97302

97302 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

Four survivors out of a class of locomotives that first entered service on 2 December 1960, of which 309 were built.

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