The GWR goods yard

Alongside the reconstructed station at STEAM Swindon is a goods yard.

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although passenger traffic was the mainstay of the GWR goods traffic did contribute a significant income to the company. By 1934 GWR was moving 64,000,000 tons of freight with an annual income of £14.5 million. Most of this came from the coal and industrial districts of south Wales and the West Midlands. In addition, they also moved mined items such as China clay from Cornwall. They also ran fast perishables trains, using more powerful and faster engines for the movement of livestock, fish and other foodstuffs. In some cases the goods were collected from railway facilities adjacent to the mines or docks, but the railway also had a network of goods yards adjacent to passenger stations and ran a collection and delivery service using lorries from these points.

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