It was often joked that the Swindon Works workforce came with GWR stamped on their bottoms. The locals described it as working 'Inside' and possessed a fierce pride in their work and loyalty to the company.
An illustrated book, which pulls together interviews and extracts from workers from all over Swindon Works, offices, shops, engineers and tradesmen, collated by Swindon expert Rosa Matheson.
It looks at the differences across each era, the ups and downs of working for GWR, idiosyncrasies of work practices, such as odd names of jobs i.e. 'hotter upper', and the relationships between workers, men and women, workers and management, and Loco and Carriage Works.
Covering the late nineteenth century up to 1986, when Swindon Works closed, it is packed with memories and reminiscences from many workers over the years and is amply illustrated including many previously unpublished photographs.
Dr Rosa Matheson is Swindon’s best-known railway author. A long-time enthusiast of Swindon Works, GWR and women’s railway history, she has a large collection of memorabilia and has written a number of books and articles on her pet topics. She is also active in presenting talks to the community. She has previously written TRIP: The Annual Holiday for GWR’s Swindon Works, and The Fair Sex: Women and the GWR for The History Press. She lives in Wiltshire.