On Thursday 6th April, a superb 1:12 scale model of one of the first railway engines on Brunel’s Great Western Railway was installed as part of the railway display in our Baylis Gallery. The highly detailed model has been loaned by the Friends of Swindon Railway Museum and will greatly enhance our display about the railway. In the proposed new Heritage Centre, transport will be the major theme. Within that theme, Brunel’s work (including the Sounding Arch railway bridge) will start the story, which will be brought right up to date with the Crossrail project, due to open in 2019. In the meantime railway enthusiasts are invited to come and admire our Iron Duke model.
Photos show Curator Nick Forder admiring the model of Iron Duke. The second shot shows the excellent detail on the model. Our 1:72 scale model of Brunel’s Sounding Arch railway bridge is visible in the background. Any volunteers for polishing the brass?