Were you an apprentice at the British Rail Swindon Works Training School?


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the British Rail Works Training School in Swindon, which opened in 1962 and survived until 1993.

The School was designed to cater for 150 apprentices for their first year of railway experience and was fully opened on the 17th September 1962.

The School took apprentices from the Works and also from the wider Western Region – apprentices who would later work as maintenance engineers at the various depots across the region, from Paddington to Plymouth.

A reunion get-together for all ex-apprentices is planned for the 22nd September 2012, at the STEAM museum in Swindon. The group have created their own Facebook group which now has 430+ ex-apprentices with collections of photos and year lists.

The group are now trying to track down as many ex-apprentices as they can.

They also have recently found a piece of video footage of the School (from 1967) which can be viewed here.

If you know the whereabouts of any apprentices from Swindon Works between 1962 and 1993 but specifically 1965, 1966 and 1973 please visit the Facebook page and contact John Baker.


  1. Joined BR in 1970 and went to SATS untill 1971. Stayed in a Victorian Mansion house, sounds fanrastic but belive me it was far from that! Converted into crammed accomodation and governed by an old Scottish couple who ruled with a rod of iron!


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