STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway
|The Caerphilly Castle, a 1923 Castle Class engine.|
You can go underneath it and get a good look
at its cogs and pistons.
Yesterday we drove over to Swindon to visit STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway. It's housed on the site of part of the old railway works. At its peak, the railway employed 14,000 people in Swindon, with everything from foundries for casting metal parts and carpenters to make the bodies of the carriages to teams of upholsterers and people who'd repair the existing rolling stock. Swindon was tiny before the Great Western built its railway works there in the mid-19th century. Swindon built trains, and the railway built Swindon.
|The North Star, a replica of the 1837 |
engine that pulled the first train
on the Great Western.
|The interior of the 1934 buffet car. |
|Mr Robot investigating the attractions of |
a seaside holiday by train.