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Swindon's 'other' railway, the Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway, merged with the Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway to form the Midland & South Western Junction Railway, which set out to join the London & South Western Railway with the Midland Railway at Cheltenham.
The Swindon, Marlborough & Andover had planned to tunnel under the hill on which Swindon's Old Town stands but the money ran out and the railway ran into Swindon Town railway station, off Devizes Road in the Old Town, skirting the new town to the west, intersecting with the GWR at Rushey Platt and heading north for Cirencester, Cheltenham and the LMS, whose 'Midland Red' livery the M&SWJR adopted.
From 1871, GWR workers had a small amount deducted from their weekly pay and put into a healthcare fund – its doctors could prescribe them or their family members free medicines or send them for medical treatment.
In 1878 the fund began providing artificial limbs made by craftsmen from the carriage and wagon works, and nine years later opened its first dental surgery.
In his first few months in post the dentist extracted more than 2000 teeth.
From the opening in 1892 of the Health Centre, a doctor could also prescribe a haircut or even a bath.
All events are held in Cheltenham and guests travel from the surrounding areas of Cirencester, Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stow-0n-the-Wold, Stroud, Tewkesbury and from the cities of Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford, Swindon.and a range of improving lectures, access to a theatre and a range of activities from ambulance classes to xylophone lessons.A former Institute secretary formed the New Swindon Co-operative Society in 1853 which, after a schism in the society's membership, spawned the New Swindon Industrial Society that ran a retail business from a stall in the market at the Institute.This original market area is on top of the hill in central Swindon, now known as Old Town.The Industrial Revolution was responsible for an acceleration of Swindon's growth.