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- DescriptionThe Great Western Railway at Swindon, with its highly skilled craftsmen, is world-famous. It has been written about and filmed countless times, and many of its old steam locomotives have been saved from the scrapyards and lovingly rebuilt to run again on heritage lines. But despite such affection, its skill in the construction and repair of the carriages and wagons has often been sadly overlooked. Rolling stock is essential for the operation of any railway and doubt played a key role in the success of the GWR, transporting people and goods of all kinds across its extensive network. Retired GWR railwayman Ken Gibbs seeks to redress the balance and reveal for the first time exactly 'how they did it' - showcasing the history and work of the Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon.
- Author BiographyKen Gibbs spent his career working for the GWR, starting an apprenticeship into Fitting, Turning, and Steam Locomotive Erecting in 1944. He was the fourth generation of his family to do so. After a period in the RAF he returned to the shop floor in 1953, later becoming an industrial consultant on Plant Maintenance. He retired early and joined the GW Society at Didcot and the Firefly project, constructing a broad gauge replica from scratch, a 23-year project for which he became technical director. He has previously written The Steam Workshops of the GWR and Steam Rail Motors of the GWR.
- Author(s)Ken Gibbs
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/02/2016
- SubjectTrains & Railways: General Interest
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe History Press Ltd
- Content Note230 black & white illustrations
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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