Monday, 2 May 2016

Steam - and camera phone

Last week we visited the Steam museum in Swindon - the website is here.  It is the museum of the Great Western Railway whose works were in Swindon.

I have some photos to share, but not really so much about the museum.  It was interesting and if you are "into" steam trains I am sure that it would be fascinating place to visit.


You start off in the offices, not something that you necessarily think of when thinking about steam trains, but it was a good reminder that building trains required all sorts of skills and many different personnel would be involved.



Then we moved on to the Pattern Shop, this is where the different pieces were cast after wooden pattern pieces had been made.  This allowed the same item to be produced again and again in cast iron.




There was also a display of different door handles used on the trains.  This is just a small selection.  Some of them easier to use than others.  I can totally see why some didn't remain in use long term!



There were reminders of the work that women did during the war years.  There was also an interesting exhibit of this train - below - where you could walk underneath it to see all of the workings of the train.



It isn't every day that you see a ceremonial wheelbarrow so I had to photograph this.  A bit fancy for use in the garden.





Fortunately the sheep didn't jump!



Just a few brief photos, all taken on my phone.  It was convenient not to be lugging my "big" camera around with me, but I definitely prefer to DSLR I think the pictures are a much better quality and it is also easier to download them to my computer from the DSLR than the phone.

Sorry this is rather a brief post about our visit.  It isn't a reflection of the museum which I do recommend!

Amy

27 comments:

  1. I know a certain husband who would love a visit to this museum. We must have passed it so many times on visits to the Swindon Outlet centre but, sadly, have never been inside. Definitely one for the summer manifesto. xx

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  2. What a lovely poster to end the post with. Such a clever idea to let you walk under the train and too see what goes on underneath.
    Lisa x

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  3. Hubby would love it here. I do love all the drawers in the offices though - I could happily visit just for those!!!

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  4. That looks a fascinating museum Amy. I love the sheep!

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  5. Very interesting Amy. I do love that ceremonial wheel-barrow - Victorian things were always beautifully detailed. We have a similar museum about 30 minutes from here, and have taken our grandsons. They enjoy it very much, as to the adults. Trains represent such a big part of our history. Isn't it strange how they thought it unusual when women worked in the war - and then they chased them back into their homes in the 1950s :)

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  6. Aren't those 'people' realistic, I imagine they are dummies. It looks an interesting place to visit, I bet hubby was in his element. x

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  7. I've been to this museum quite a few times - always a good day out and, as you say, well worth a visit.

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  8. A great place to visit, steam trains are very popular now and we have a couple of lines in Devon which are very popular with the tourists. I also have a smart phone...it's smarter than me because I still haven't worked out how to download the photos to my laptop!

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  9. It looks like a really interesting place. I thought the woman in the first photo was real at first, some of these dummies are so lifelike.

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  10. I love looking at old steam engines. We visited a train museum in England years ago, but I think it was in the York area. They had some amazing engines and luxury cars. There's just something romantic about those old enormous engines ... like old luxury liners.

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  11. While I am not myself into steam engines, I do remember the morning that my retired engineer grandfather and I were sitting on the front lawn and he began to listen intently. Then he said excitedly, "There's a steam engine coming down that track. Watch!" Sure enough, within a few minutes a steam engine came chugging by, a part of a tourist plan to ride the old steam engine to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a foliage tour. It was pretty impressive to see with that distinct sound and the steam billowing. Enjoyed reading about your tour of the museum.

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  12. It's great there, been a few times
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  13. Looks like a great place to visit, we have visited the railway museum at York which we loved. I love the luxury of some of these old carriages.

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  14. My Father would have loved this museum. Thank you for taking us along Amy.
    Meredith

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  15. Amy, I'm sure it's someone's idea of "heaven".

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  16. We do like steam and this museum is one we've always wanted to visit. Enjoyed your photos.

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  17. Very interesting Amy. The train exhibits look very smart. I wonder who does all the polishing of the brass fixtures on those old engines?! Love the travel poster.

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  18. It looks like a great place to visit, I remember I took my youngest son the one in York when he was small and he loved it. :) x

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  19. I'm coming across all kinds of potential blog names today - 'The Ceremonial Wheelbarrow' has to be up there with the best!
    Joe would absolutely love that museum. He's crazy about trains. Admittedly, I'd probably like the office areas best as I do like a bit of social and domestic history, and prefer the everyday stuff the the mechanical side of things.
    I also love those old railway posters. We've got one here which we've been meaning to frame for years...
    S x

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  20. It all looks very interesting Amy, love the early locomotive and the sheep too:)

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  21. Very interesting and hubby and I would enjoy, but my younger brother would 'love' as he belongs to a steam railway society here in Oz. Thanks for the tour. Take care.

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  22. Looks like a very interesting place to visit. Scrolling through those sheep caught me by surprise!

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  23. We love old things and history, so I know we'd enjoy this. Thanks for the tour!

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  24. My dad and uncle would love to see this! So would I as I love learning about things. Always enjoy when you share these posts! Have a great day.

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  25. My husband was a railroad engineer for 32 years.. I bet he'd enjoy that museum.. I really enjoyed seeing it.. thanks for sharing! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  26. We have a museum not terribly far from here that is based on the history of transportation and they have a wonderful steam train section. I spent hours and hours there. Then, this past summer, we took a ride on a steam train in the Black Hill, SD. It was wonderful!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this post, and can't think of a better way to start my morning. Thank-you Amy and have a great week.

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  27. A tip for phone photos which cannot out class a DLSR is to get a photo editing app on your smart phone and edit before you send it to your computer, that way you have a bit more control over your photos too. Try afterlight, it's easy and quick to use.

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