Images of the Great Eastern Railway Steam Laundry - 1912
These pictures from the Great Eastern Railway Magazine of March 1912 show the Great Eastern Railway's steam laundry at the Colchester. It was built in 1888 to serve the companies' hotels, but by 1912 it was also cleaning the laundry of refreshment rooms, steamships and the guard's and enginemen's dormitories. Since 1893 it had been under the charge of Mr John Bell, and in 1912 was employing fifty-nine girls and twelve men. Over the years the number of items it washed increased as the GER's business expanded; from 949,030 in 1890, to 3,473,121 in 1911.