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Rail Centres: Swindon
Ian Allan

Rail Centres: Swindon

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Skirting the hill on which the market town of Swindon was built, the advent of the Great Western Railway changed both the landscape and the character of the area. Although the railway village was initially independent of the town, it had merged with it by the turn of the century and produced one of the most important rail centres in Britain.

Historically, Swindon. is perhaps best known for its locomotive building - the 'Halls', 'Kings' and 'Castles' were built there - but the carriage and wagon works were also 'extensive and there were numerous other departments of interest like the road wagon shop. gasworks, brickworks and laundry.

Swindon was also well served by rail - the GWR passenger services running from London, Banbury, Highworth, Gloucester, South Wales, Bristol, the south-west and Weymouth; while Swindon's other railway - the Midland & South Western Junction - ran through services to and from the Midlands and Southampton.

Of course so much of this changed in the last 30 years. Today the BREL works no longer manufactures locomotives: it refurbishes EMUs for the Southern Region; the former carriage and wagon works has been sold and the rail-way's significance to the town itself has been superseded by light industry and offices.

The fascinating history of this important Wiltshire location is covered in admirable detail by Colin Maggs whose previous book in the series examined the importance of Bristol.

128 pages including appendixes and maps

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9780711013353

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