The story of an under-reported but crucial part of the GWR, told by a fourth generation railwayman.
Despite the reluctance of the Great Western Railway to deal with expenditures of train maintenance, the rapid expansion of the GWR meant that steam workshops dedicated to the development of the steam trains became a regular feature of the railway line.
Much has been written about the steam workshops of Swindon, but little covers the smaller but equally important works stationed all over the south-west and Wales. Ken Gibbs provides a truly unique look at the importance of these lesser known workshops.
* Containing newly-compiled research on an area rarely covered in current railway literature
* Full of beautiful old photographs, maps and illustrations, many previously unpublished
Ken Gibbs is the fourth generation of his family to work for the GWR, following his great grandfather in 1849, his grandfather in 1875, and his father in 1909.
Ken Gibbs spent his career working for the GWR, starting an apprenticeship into Fitting, Turning and Steam Locomotive Erecting in 1944. He retired early and joined the GW Society at Didcot and the Firefly project, constructing a broad gauge replica from scratch, a 23-year project for which he became technical director. He also writes history books and lives in Swindon.