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.
Peter Timms has written 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.
He looks at 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and living conditions, wartime and post-war and nationalisation changes, and featuring 100 photographs, many previously unpublished. It is a fascinating and important record of day to day life working for the industry giant of GWR.
Working at Swindon Works is available from bookshops and is published by Tempus.