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Working at Swindon Works 1930-1960

By (author) Peter Timms
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Published: 1st Aug 2007
Dimensions: w 172mm h 248mm d 11mm
Weight: 426g
ISBN-10: 0752444034
ISBN-13: 9780752444031
Barcode No: 9780752444031
Although Swindon was not the birthplace of the Great Western Railway or its headquarters (it was the manufacturing centre), it is usually the first place that comes to mind when people think of the great company of GWR. This is an in-depth social and industrial study of the conditions faced by the many thousands of working men and women and their families whose lives were controlled by the GWR from 1930-1960, the beginning of the modern period for the railway with mechanical accounting, up to the decline of the railway from 1957. Encompassing everything from pay rates and timekeeping to leisure, the effects of the Depression, working and living conditions, wartime and post-war and nationalisation changes, and featuring 100 photographs, many previously unpublished, this is a fascinating and important record of day to day life working for the industry giant of GWR.

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