Are you at school or college in Swindon and enjoy taking photos?
Organisers of Swindon175 have a competition for you. Your picture could be one of the winners and have your image seen on a Thamesdown Transport bus.
The competition starts on Thursday 23 June, the 175th day of 2016, and entries must be submitted by 26 June.
About Swindon 175
In 1835 Parliament approved the construction of a railway between London and Bristol. At the time the Great Western Railway’s chief engineer was Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
From 1836, Brunel bought locomotives from various makers for the new railway but they were unreliable and in 1837, Daniel Gooch was recruited to rectifying the heavy repair burden. It soon became clear the GWR needed a central repair works and in 1840 Gooch identified a site close to the junction of the Cheltenham branch line, at the bottom of the hill close to the small town of Swindon. It was described as a ‘convenient division of the Great Western line for engine working.’
With Brunel’s support Gooch made his proposal to the GWR directors who, on 25th February 1841, authorised the establishment of the works at Swindon. Construction started immediately and a New Swindon was born.