Steam Trains: Museum of Great Western Railway

This afternoon, I am reporting on the Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon which is about 82 miles west of London, England.

It was steam, assisted by abundant local coal resources, which powered the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. At this museum visitors can connect with the early railway pioneers (such as Stephenson and Brunel), social history and, of course, progression of the steam engine and allied technology.

The museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view specialist displays including:

  • Archive film featuring the perspective from railway workers.
  • The extensive railway engineering works at Swindon.
  • Historic locomotives.
  • Construction of the railway.
  • Signaling.
  • Freight traffic.
  • A station platform. 


Inside the driver's cab

 Fire tender truck from early 20th century.

Women workers during World War Two

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the engineering genius behind Britain's railways.

Overall, the display is excellent with only downside being paucity of local signage to find it.


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