Swindon, GWR Chain Test House

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Listed building in Swindon. Not open to the public. “The testing room has largely original fittings and a very Victorian atmosphere. The Ransome’s chain tester of 1874 has a hydraulic pull of 130 tons and is probably the oldest such working machine in the country. There are also a later tensile tester and an Izod’s Patent tester by Avery’s. A fine collection of Victorian testing machinery in original setting and in working order, the whole now extremely rare. Part of the great expansion of the works in the 1870’s and one of an important group of industrial buildings at the GWR works.”

Swindon, GWR Chain Test House

Swindon, GWR Chain Test House

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