SU1384 : 'A' shop, British Rail Engineering Ltd, Swindon (1 of 4)

taken 31 years ago, 3 km from Swindon, Great Britain

'A' shop, British Rail Engineering Ltd, Swindon (1 of 4)
'A' shop, British Rail Engineering Ltd, Swindon (1 of 4)
In 1986 BREL finally closed after 150 years. The site once was the main manufacturing facility for Brunel's GWR. 'A' shop was said to be the largest single factory building in Europe, a likelihood borne out by historic maps. The site was sold to developers and now comprises a mix of housing, shopping malls, leisure and commerce including the STEAM museum. LinkExternal link
'A' shop was unable to be saved as it was deemed that its size, construction and configuration precluded it being able to be converted. The smaller building behind the engine boiler has been saved and is now a brewery. '34072' was a Battle of Britain' class loco named '257 Squadron'. It has subsequently been restored and is apparently now in the hands of the Swanage Railway.

This image dates to 1987 shortly after demolition commenced and is submitted more for its historical value than its quality.

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Date Taken
1987   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 January, 2007
Demolition site   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 137 846 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.6070N 1:48.2262W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 136 843
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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