FEW people realise that for a time in the 1930s the GWR’s Swindon Works was actually in the holiday home business.

Old carriages which would otherwise have been scrapped were converted and sent to become static features at the ends of countryside branch lines.

Known as Camp Carriages, they were then used as holiday bases by GWR workers and their families.

Our picture was taken at Fairbourne on the Welsh coast more than 80 years ago, and shows a holidaymaker emerging from one of the static carriages, which was next to a line.

The presence of a signal suggests the line in question was very much still in use.