The Great Western at Swindon Works
A fourth generation railwayman, and a Swindonian by birth, Alan Peck entered the GWR as an engineering apprentice in 1936 and spent 43 years on the railway. Except for the war years in the RAOC/REME, and a short period in the Newport Motive Power District, all his service was in Swindon Works, the latter half in senior management posts.
This book grew from a paper he presented at the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of Swindon Works in 1968, and subsequent requests for a wider and deeper coverage of the subject by many organisations. The result is an account of the industrial growth of the GWR Works and its effect'on the agricultural community of North Wiltshire upon which it was originally thrust. It is of necessity a mixture of industrial archaeology and social history, together with a study of the engineering processes and advances made throughout the era of the steam train and after. It is hoped that the volume illustrates that the existence of one of the best known railway works in the world is the result of the efforts of the people who gave it its life.- Drawn initially from all corners of the country, within some fifty years, by their own efforts, they built a new town and a great industry. This is their story, written by one of them, but with the help of many.
Hardback with dust jacket, 282 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with a little sun fading to dust jacket
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