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Swindon Works 25 Years Later

Saturday 25 March, 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Railway Workshops in Swindon. Over night 1,100 workers were out of work, and 143 years of railway history came to an end. No more would the works hooter mark the time throughout the town, no-one would be going back “inside” again.

Swindon Final Hooter

It seems to be a little marked date on the internet, the “Mayor’s Memories 25 Years On” on SwindonWeb is the best that I have seen so far. There were also two little mentions on the Swindon Advertiser website: “The day the hooter sounded for the final time” and “Send us your memories of the railway works”.

I guess there is little to celebrate, but it is worth commemorating. Swindon Railway Workshop – Gone With Regret.

Nested Model Railways

Web-comic XKCD have just posted a comic about the limitations of making a model railway of the town you are in. A model of your town includes your house and so a model of the model … That’s going to get small quickly.


Flinders Street Station

Flinders Str Station

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Flinders Street Station is a Melbourne landmark, and the hub of Melbourne’s suburban rail network.  “Under the clocks at Flinders Street” is a common meeting place for Melburnians and strangers alike.  With the main entrance to the station being on two of the city’s busiest streets (Swanston & Flinders Streets) it makes the perfect meeting place.

Flinders Street Station was built between 1905 and 1910.  In 2007 the public face of the station was restored to it’s previous glory.