Published by the History Press in 2008, 160 pages. Paperback (N4558)
Brand New Book
Although Swindon was not the birthplace of the Great Western Railway or its headquarters (it was actually the manufacturing and engineering centre), it is usually the first place that comes to mind when people think of the great company of GWR.....
This book is a fascinating and detailed 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. This was a period that saw the beginning of the modern railway with mechanical accounting, right up to the decline of the railways from 1957 onwards.
Encompassing 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and living conditions, wartime and post-war and nationalisation changes, and featuring 100 photographs, many previously unpublished, this book is a fascinating and important record of day to day life working for the industry giant of GWR