Repairing locomotives at the Scotswood Works

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Carrying our repairs to locomotives in 12 Shop, Scotswood Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, April 1948 (TWAM ref. 1027/269).

‘Workshop of the World’ is a phrase often used to describe Britain’s manufacturing dominance during the Nineteenth Century. It’s also a very apt description for the Elswick Works and Scotswood Works of Vickers Armstrong and its predecessor companies. These great factories, situated in Newcastle along the banks of the River Tyne, employed hundreds of thousands of men and women and built a huge variety of products for customers around the globe.

The Elswick Works was established by William George Armstrong (later Lord Armstrong) in 1847 to manufacture hydraulic cranes. From these relatively humble beginnings the company diversified into many fields including shipbuilding, armaments and locomotives. By 1953 the Elswick Works covered 70 acres and extended over a mile along the River Tyne. This set of images, mostly taken from our Vickers Armstrong collection, includes fascinating views of the factories at Elswick and Scotswood, the products they produced and the people that worked there. By preserving these archives we can ensure that their legacy lives on.

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    Land Rover 61

    • 20/Jul/2015 16:52:21

    The boiler on the left appears to be under a steam test with pressure gauge, water level sight glass and temporary regulator handle. A fascinating photograph.

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    Billy Embleton

    • 20/Jul/2015 19:24:46

    Preassure testing yes, but with water. It was much safer.

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    • 01/Jun/2018 11:32:50

    Armstrong, Tyneside repaired ex W.D. - R.O.D.'s post war, this may be what we are looking at, some of them were on sold to China. Whoops, looks like 'Tags' look like a brain-storming session! Nor can I see a 'train anywhere, and only barely half a locomotive.