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Old Locomotive Works, Swindon
Swindon, Wiltshire
associated engineer
Not known
date  1840
era  Victorian  |  category  Factory/Industrial Plant  |  reference  SU158856
A locomotive works established by the Great Western Railway next to its Bristol to London line. Many of the early buildings are incorporated into later structures on the same site.
Originally, a running shed with four through tracks stood parallel to the main line along a length of 492ft. At a right angle to this was the two-storey repair shop, of which the west wall stands, forming the boundary of the current car park.
An erecting shop capable of holding 18 locomotives stood at right angles to the north-east corner of the repair shop, and other works grouped around these.
Most of the masonry is of local or Bath limestone, and the buildings were constructed on a standardised, pier-and-panel formula, with columns spaced at 11ft 7 3/4in intervals.
The two-storey machine shop still stands, although the end in which two bays housed the steam engine has been incorporated into a four-storey office building constructed in 1926.
reference sources   LG/SJ

Old Locomotive Works, Swindon