Blacksmiths and green thumbs
Have you ever wondered how a bunch of burly blacksmiths and boilermakers like to relax in their spare time? Competitive flower shows of course!
Notorious for their tough conditions and even tougher workers, the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops were an unlikely place to host a display of carefully cultivated blooms.
Social clubs and events were an important part of life at the Loco, and one of the ways the workers let off steam was via an active garden club.
In 1938 the Eveleigh Blacksmiths’ Shop won the major prizes at the Railway Autumn Flower Show, proving that these men were equally capable of handling delicate buds as they were wrenches and spanners.