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!